Morning. Sorry yesterday's news roundup didn't publish like it was supposed to, but it's up now (see below). Today's news includes more about school-level controversies (Gresham, Dyett) Quinn's big pension move (and CTU's opposition), an increase in the reward for the slain CPS SPED teacher, and lots of pro and con about Mayor Rahm.
Gresham Elementary supporters await word on school's fate Chicago Sun-Times: The Local School Council, the principal and a group called Gresham Parents, Students and Community United for Change met with CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and board President David Vitale on June 3.
Dyett High Protesters Rip Alderman, Mayor, CPS DNAinfo: CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CPS board members "continue to receive proposals about the future of Dyett High School and are always interested to hear feedback from the community on how we can collaborate to provide quality..
Chicago Education Activists Target Ald. Burns Over Future Of Dyett High School Progress IL: At a news conference at City Hall on Monday, a coalition of parents, students and South Side community leaders blasted Chicago Ald. Will Burns (4th), whose ward includes Dyett, for not supporting their proposal to keep Dyett open beyond 2015.
Inner-city school applauds first college graduates PJStar.com: CHICAGO — Jamil Boldian headed to college four years ago, arriving in small-town Ohio with a one-way Megabus ticket and $17.91 to his name. He'd been scared to leave Chicago, the only place he'd ever really known. He'd had a rough start in life, bouncing around in seven or eight elementary schools.
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Quinn signs Chicago pension bill as Emanuel backs off property tax hike WBEZ: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a controversial overhaul of two Chicago pension systems into law on Monday, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed he wouldn't raise property taxes for at least a year to pay for the pension changes.
Gov. Quinn signs Chicago pension bill WLS-TV: "I don't yet know exactly how the lawsuits will work out, but I can promise you that we will fight for our constitutional rights and rights of our members," said Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey. This legislation does not deal with ...
CPS didn't maintain paperwork for tracking basketball eligibility Chicago Sun-Times: ... in which academic eligibility is evaluated to ensure that all of our student athletes are qualified to participate in athletic competition and are receiving the supports they need to succeed in the classroom,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.
Is Rahm a 'Goat,' a 'Hero,' or Something In Between? Chicagomag.com: But, in Chicago, he's, in CTU President Karen Lewis's words, the “murder mayor,” who, Lewis added, “is not suited to this kind of work.” In DC he's a celebrity; in Chicago “his tough-guy veneer just isn't as intimidating” and consequently his “approval.
Is the Near North Side the right neighborhood for Obama College Prep? Reader: For a school that won't begin rejecting students until 2017, Obama College Prep has already ticked off a lot of people. Why?…
UNO troubles put spotlight on its powerful friends Sun Times: Emanuel’s spokeswoman referred questions about UNO to Chicago Public Schools spokesman Joel Hood, who declined to comment because “there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know yet” about the SEC case. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, sponsored the $98 million state grant at the center of the SEC case, but his spokesman, Steve Brown, said he’s “not familiar” with the federal civil case against UNO.
Reward increased in death of slain CPS teacher Fox: The reward for information in the murder of a Chicago Public Schools teacher who was shot to death last week on the South Side has been increased to $8,000.
Letter: It is almost impossible to fire bad teachers Tribune: Good schools have good teachers. Period. Charter schools have an edge because they can terminate bad teachers. The Chicago Teachers Union contract makes it almost impossible for Chicago Public Schools to terminate bad teachers.
Why NYC Is Afraid Of Free Lunch For All WNYC: A federal program to extend free lunch to all kids has the city worried it could lose federdal dollars to pay for other things.
Arne Duncan: Dropping Common Core May Not Cost Oklahoma Federal Funding PK12: So far, three states have pulled out of the common core: Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Those last two states made the decision to pull the plug only recently, so it's tough to say how the department will react.
Common standards for nation’s schools a longtime goal Washington Post: President Dwight D. Eisenhower suggested national academic standards were needed as early as 1959. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton both proposed that states voluntarily adopt national standards, efforts that crumbled under charges of federal overreach.
Common Core standards face push back by some Louisiana parents and politicians PBS NewsHour: Seventeen-year-old Christian Meyers of Denham Springs, Louisiana, looks like a typical high school student, but his English classroom is considerably different than most. It’s his family’s kitchen table.
Hundreds of organizations sign statement backing Common Core EdSource Today: Debra Brown, Children Now’s associate director of education policy, said that the letter was intended to show that Common Core “has deep and broad support” – an impression that can be lost amid the noise created by smaller numbers of vocal opponents.
Schools Were Getting Much Safer Until 2010, Government Report Says HuffPost: The rate of non-fatal incidents in which students felt victimized at school decreased to 35 per 1,000 students in 2010, from 181 per 1,000 students in 1992, according to the 2013 School Crime and Safety Report. The rate rose to 52 per 1,000 students in 2012, the report found.
Turns Out No Child Left Behind May Have Actually Been Good For Teachers HuffPost: The paper finds that since No Child Left Behind, teachers report feeling more autonomous, more supported by school administrators and have higher levels of job satisfaction. At the same time, teachers are working longer hours and may feel less cooperation with fellow educators.
Scant Support for Elite New York High Schools’ Admissions Options NYT: The bills would allow New York City’s most selective high schools to allow multiple factors in deciding whom to admit, rather than one long test.
Memphis-Shelby County Merger After One Year: A Report Card District Dossier: A year after merging the Memphis district and the neighboring Shelby County schools, education leaders are struggling with several aspects of improving the consolidated system for the benefit of all students and families.
Kid says teacher taped mouths, prompting probe Seattle Times: A substitute teacher in northern New Jersey is under investigation following a complaint she taped the mouths of several children who were talking during quiet time.
In Surprise Parent Victory, Seattle Schools Approve 'Singapore Math' Seattle Public Radio: Parents and teachers had lobbied the district for years to use Math in Focus, described as “Singapore math.” Singapore has been consistently ranked as the highest-achieving country in the world.
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