Elected School Boards No Better

Elected School Boards No Better

Elected school boards don't make any difference, reports the Sun Times and EdWeek. They've found Betty Howard's killer, apparently.  Little Black Pearl gets featured on the PBS NewsHour. The Robeson prom flyer includes a glaring typo. Principal LaRaviere for Mayor, suggests the Reader. Plus nationally more states are reconsidering teacher job protections (even before this week's lawsuit decision in California).

SAFETY

Man charged in fatal shooting of CPS teacher: police Sun Times: Dominique Hodrick, 23, of Chicago, was charged late Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Betty Howard, a South Side special education teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago Police said.

MONEY

More education funding in Illinois will be spent on ages 0-3 Tribune: More Illinois early education funding will be funneled to programs for children ages 3 and younger under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn will sign this morning.

POLITICS

Principal LaRaviere for mayor? Chicago Reader: Yes, he said, he's had feelers. They came from "people I don't know, people I haven't heard of," he told me. "There was one guy I thought was just some guy, and he talked about what he could do to give me support. And I told someone who knew Chicago politics and he showed me who that guy was and that he could do what he said he'd do."

MAYORAL CONTROL

No difference in test scores for districts with mayor or elected board Chicago Sun-Times: Emanuel has chosen all seven current members and CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. To protest closings, turnarounds and budget cuts, activists, including from the Chicago Teachers Union, have been calling in recent years for an elected school board.

Study Makes Case for Mayoral and District Collaboration Instead of Takeovers District Dossier: A study by the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education outlines the pros and cons of mayoral involvement in school boards.

SCHOOLS

Gresham Elementary supporters await word on school's fate Chicago Sun-Times: As Gresham Elementary School's class of 2014, in blue caps and gowns, received diplomas on Monday, supporters were awaiting word from the Chicago PublicSchools chief about whether she'll keep it intact or proceed with a planned turnaround.

Talking With Principals, Part 2: SUPES Academy Catalyst: CPS officials seem to be forging ahead with the second year of a principal professional development contract with the SUPES Academy, despite lingering questions about the quality of the training  and the relationship between CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the founders of the for-profit business

Morgan Park HS, St. Xavier U. team up to offer students classes, credit Chicago Sun-Times: Emanuel, along with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th), will lay out the details Thursday morning.

Special arts academy helps Chicago teens transcend tough streets PBS NewsHour: Little Black Pearl Academy, a public school on the South Side of Chicago, is trying to write a new songbook for success. It started last fall, when the school’s founder, Monica Haslip, transformed her after-school art center into a full-time public school focused on the arts.

MISC

One Chicago school’s ‘This Is Are Story’ prom-theme grammar fail WSJ:While this kind of typo could happen to anybody, the fact that Paul Robeson High School used “This Is Are Story” as its slogan is painfully ironic, considering the sorry state of the Chicago public school system.

Why Racism in America Is Not the Healthy Choice in Medicine or Education Huffington Post: At that time, no one from Chicago Public Schools was officially calling it racism or a hate crime. But it was.

TEACHER JOB PROTECTION LAWSUITS

California School-Tenure Ruling Puts Teachers' Unions on the Spot Businessweek: Many districts would gladly raise good teachers’ pay if union leaders would agree to rules making it easier to dismiss ineffective instructors. In many cases, unions have resisted such concessions. That will be be more difficult to do, now that the ground is shifting beneath their feet.

Teacher Tenure Ruling in California Is Expected to Intensify Debate NYT: Copycat lawsuits are expected in other states after a judge’s landmark finding on Tuesday that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional.

Some states roll back teacher tenure protections AP: The nonpartisan Education Commission of the States, which highlighted the changes in a recent report, says 16 states — up from 10 in 2011 — now require the results of teacher evaluations be used in determining whether to grant tenure. Not all changes have stuck, and few are without a political fight.

De Blasio defends teacher tenure as critics mull copycat suit Chalkbeat: Mayor de Blasio defended the city’s teacher tenure process Wednesday, the same day new research showed the process has become better at blocking ineffective teachers from receiving tenure.  Lawyers and advocates say that New York's tenure rules could be vulnerable to a lawsuit like the one that successfully challenged teachers' job protections in California.

See also: Vergara ruling gets mixed reaction from school board LA School Report; Schools' next test is getting tenure ruling to pay off in class LA Times; LAUSD exploring next steps after teacher tenure ruling LA Daily News; Does Tenure Protect Bad Teachers or Good Schools? NYT.

NATIONAL

Obama Defends College Ratings Inside Higher Ed: “A lot of colleges and universities say if you start ranking just based on cost and employability, et cetera, you're missing the essence of higher education and so forth,”Obama said.

In salute to seniors, Obama holds up technical high school as model for skills ... U.S. News & World Report: At Worcester Technical High School, Obama praised students and teachers alike for giving more than just "lip service" to the idea of skills-based education.

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake? NPR: Lawmakers in the House plan to vote this week on whether to allow schools to delay implementing new nutrition standards in school lunches. Some policymakers have called the standards "over the top."

Can kids tell whether they’re being taught the Common Core? Hechinger: This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts. But did students notice these changes? Is the Common Core on students’ radar?

Arne Duncan Visits Edcamp at Department of Education HQ EdSurge: Edcamp, an “unconference” event run by educators for educators, is known for its scrappiness and lack of structure and organization. They're usually held at schools during off-hours.

At The Head Of Her Class, And Homeless NPR: Rashema Melson is the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She's always excelled at her homework — but for the past six years, she hasn't had a home to do that work in.

Top schools are online, but don't expect a discount Marketplace: It has been just over a year since Georgia Tech grabbed national headlines by announcing it would offer an online Master's degree in computer science for less than $7,000. Many prestigious universities are starting to offer graduate programs online.  The difference between Georgia Tech and many of the others is price. In many cases, learning online does not come with a discount.

OTHER CITIES

What it Really Takes to Evaluate a NYC Teacher WNYC: Teachers are now rated through a combination of classroom observations and student test scores. There's been a lot of debate about whether it's fair to use test scores but overall teachers and principals said they appreciated the classroom observation component of the new system.  It's just very complicated.

Fact Check: San Diego Unified’s Bragging Rights on Dropout Rates VOSD: “We now rank at or near the top in these categories compared with California’s other large urban districts. San Diego Unified now has the lowest dropout rate of any of them,” school board member Richard Barrera wrote in a June 2 Voice of San Diego op-ed. Determination: True.

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