Today's education news includes coverage of the special education teacher killed by a stray bullet, changes to how charters are going to be evaluated, concerns about Obama High, a rogue security guard at Hubbard, and accusations of anti-Semitic behavior at Ogden. It's June. Common Core field testing is done (nationally) on Friday. Plus more national news.
Chicago Teacher Killed in Gang Crossfire AP: Chicago special education teacher at 2nd job killed in what police say was gang crossfire.
Special Ed Teacher Killed by Stray Bullet Remembered as 'True Professional' DNAinfo:Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said she visited the school Friday and spoke with staff, describing them as "devastated at the loss of their colleague and friend."
CTU President, Karen Lewis Gives Statement on Death of Teacher Chicago Defender: The Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a statement today in response to the death of a teacher, killed Thursday, May 29. Gwendolyn Brooks High School special education teacher Betty Howard was fatally shot by a stray bullet.
Charters have to show they make the grade Chicago Sun-Times: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett this week said she wants all charters to adopt the universal performance standard by the end of next school year. Those that refuse won't be considered for an opening or a renewal of their contract, she said.
Obama College Prep site in doubt Reader: Obama College Prep may not end up in Stanton Park, the site the city originally designated for its 11th selective enrollment high school, but it's still slated for the Near North Side.
CPS security guard charged with sexual abuse WGNtv: A Chicago Public Schools security officer sexually abused students at the Southwest Side high school where he works, prosecutors said. Walter Wells, 34, is accused of grabbing female students' breasts and buttocks over a period of several years at Hubbard
Chicago Public Schools Students Play "Kill the Jews" ChicagoNow; Chicago Public Schools officials say they're investigating allegations of anti-Semitic bullying by Ogden International School eighth-grade students, suspending the ringleaders and hosting two forums for parents at the West Town school.
Race for state superintendent heated despite agreement on two key issues EdSource Today: Torlakson and Tuck fully support the state’s new school financing system. And both are firmly behind the Common Core State Standards, which have replaced California’s state standards in math and English language arts.
Gov. Jindal, in newspaper column, championed for-profit-colleges that his brother represented in court NOLA.com: Gov. Bobby Jindal didn't disclose in his newspaper column this week supporting for-profit colleges in their fight with the Obama administration that his brother, attorney Nikesh Jindal, represented the schools' association in an earlier legal fight with the administration.
Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America? NPR: A new White House report exploring the intersection of race, poverty and justice suggests the answer is still a resounding yes.
L.A. Unified suspension rates fall but some question figures' accuracy LA Times: In the heart of Watts, where violence in nearby housing projects can spill over onto campuses, two of the city's toughest middle schools have long dealt with fights, drugs and even weapons.
For Lessons About Class, a Field Trip Takes Students Home NYT:By visiting classmates’ homes during the school day, 4- and 5-year-olds at the Manhattan Country School learn to celebrate their differences.
D.C. to release refined set of school boundary recommendations Washington Post: Two months ago, D.C. officials released three politically charged proposals to overhaul the city’s school boundaries and student-assignment policies, setting off vigorous debate about the future of the city’s neighborhood schools.
New Orleans Closes Its Last Traditional Schools NPR: Last week, the New Orleans school district became the first all-charter district in the country. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sarah Carr, a reporter who's been following the city's changing schools.
Planned Takeover Of Virginia Schools In Holding Pattern WAMU: Six failing schools in Virginia, including one in Alexandria, are set to be taken over by the state later this year, but initial assessments of these schools have been met with roadblocks.