Steamy Wednesday School Report

Steamy Wednesday School Report

CTU questions CPS budget maneuver, according to Catalyst.  Is Rahm really on the ropes, asks The Reader? Elsewhere, Philly schools have broadband Internet but not the devices to use it. Connecticut labor leaders endorsed a pro-reform Democratic governor (Malloy) over reform critic in order to avoid a Republican victory. Plus lots more coverage of that teacher prep quality report you guys were commenting about (mostly against) yesterday.

Alderman wants CPS program in closed school building Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools will consider a South Side alderman's proposal to move a special CPS academic program into a closed school building despite promises from the schools chief not to put schools in the buildings shuttered for being underused.

Matt Hynes tells of lessons learned on the front lines with Rahm Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: The mayor is very committed to trying to build up the school system in the right way. A lot of these decisions that have been put off are very difficult. No question about it. It’s not that he relishes these things. But he knows that tough decisions have to be made. It certainly isn’t easy on the people impacted. But he’s trying to do what he thinks is right.

Is Rahm Emanuel really on the ropes? Chicago Reader: The other three candidates were Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, who got 10 percent; 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti, who got 5 percent; and former 9th Ward alderman Robert Shaw, the only declared challenger, who got 3 percent.

Questioning CPS' budget manuever Catalyst: CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey calls a manuever being proposed by CPS officials that will allow the district to increase school spending this year, but will lead to a major shortfall next year, "completely nuts." The budget has not yet been posted, but officials said they plan to take 14 months...

Parents speak out after students caught viewing porn at school Chicago Tribune: Following reports that students were viewing sexual images while using a school computer at Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, parents have been coming forward with other instances of inappropriate computer usage at district schools.


Can high-poverty urban districts like Philadelphia close the digital divide? Hechinger: Philadelphia schools already have 2 gigabits, and will have 20 in 18 months. [But] the speedy Internet does students and teachers little good in many Philadelphia schools. Overall, the district has one computer for every two students, but 60 percent of those computers are more than five years old – many are as old as nine – and will need replacing soon. Only two schools in the district have enough computers for each student.

NYC Schools Wrestle with 'Bad Math' on Trailer Count WNYC: The Department of Education has $480 million in its capital budget to remove all of the 321 trailers across the five boroughs. So they are starting to pull them up, and repave the sites into ball fields or playgrounds. The problem is that school planners do not have a firm plan for where to put the displaced students.

Schools Chief Vows to Preserve Number of Gifted Programs and Their Exams NYT: Some advocates had hoped Chancellor Carmen Fariña would overhaul the gifted programs, which they see as a critical front in the effort to reduce inequality in the school system.

Philly Schools Teeter On Brink Of Layoffs, Struggling For Funding NPR: Philadelphia's school district once again needs tens of millions of dollars to avoid layoffs. With just a few weeks left before the district approves a new budget, school leaders are asking the city, the state and labor unions for help filling a $96 million budget hole.

Teachers' rights challenged Rochester City Newspaper: He's only approved tenure for 75 administrators, considerably fewer than former superintendents Manny Rivera or Jean-Claude Brizard.


A labor embrace for Malloy, with a jab over education CT Mirror: The Connecticut AFL-CIO’s biennial political convention was a two-day infomercial promoting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, with one carefully choreographed note of discord: A rebuke to the Democratic governor’s choice of Stefan Pryor as commissioner of education.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention New Haven Independent: AFT head Randi Weingarten praised a “dear friend” and third-party candidate who was barred from addressing a labor convention—then made a case for why delegates should instead support a governor who has angered teachers.

U.S. Warning New York State on Teacher Evaluations WSJ: A federal education official warned Tuesday that if New York delays using student test scores as part of teacher evaluations this year, the state risks losing up to $292 million of its Race to the Top grant.

Burglaries in summer, school assaults in fall: here's when crimes happen Vox: The beginning of the school year is the most dangerous time for teens. Simple assault is the only type of crime that's more common in fall than any other time of year. The reason for this isn't that it's somehow an autumnal sort of crime; it's that teens are disproportionately the victims of simple assault, and teen crime patterns are different from adults.

From Skid Row to high school graduation, Los Angeles supports homeless students’ academic success PBS NewsHour: Nora Perez just graduated from Roybal learning center, a high school in Los Angeles. Those four years can be an uphill battle for many students. However, Nora faced a mountain of challenges. This is what she called home during high school, the back of a car, parked on a city street. It’s where Nora spent part of the night and studied after school.

Arizona State University: Starbucks Deal Is Not Meant To Replace State Budget Cuts HuffPost:  Arizona cut spending per student in public higher education more than any other state from FY 2008 to FY 2014, reducing it by 48.3 percent during that period.

Analysts: Federal government should cut funding from lowest-performing colleges Washington Post: The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on higher education but almost never cuts off funding to colleges and universities that struggle to fulfill their mission.

Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers NPR: Colleges of education spend more than $6 billion every year preparing classroom teachers, but few students graduate ready to teach, according to a new study.The NCTQ study is the second in two years that argues that schools of education are in disarray.

Report finds states raising bar for aspiring teachers PBS NewsHour: About 13 percent of the reviewed programs received top marks. According to the report, only 18 percent of programs required students have a 3.0 GPA to qualify for admissions.

New York moving quickly to change teacher prep policies Chalkbeat: New York has started using an exam called edTPA, which focuses partially on practical teaching skills and requires candidates to to videotape classes, to assess teacher candidates. The report noted that New York is one of 17 states to test elementary school teacher candidates on effective reading instruction.

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  • Behind the recent TFA/CPS renewal/contract extension @passthechalk

  • Rahm should be on the ropes. The midget dictator has ruined CPS. No one knows anything anymore. Department heads are no longer experts. Expectations are low, which explains why we have what we have going on.

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