Common Core Rolls Into Reality

Common Core Rolls Into Reality

Today's news: WBEZ checks in on what Common Core looks like in classrooms.  Quinn gets union endorsements (though WBEZ says the candidates aren't that far apart on education).  Joravsky praises CPS-focused performance. Firefighters don't like CPS preference.

Checking in on Common Core WBEZ: Unless you’re a student or work in a school, you’ve probably never heard what teaching to the new standards sounds like in schools. WBEZ interviewed several teachers from a variety of different schools to look at --and listen to-- the standards themselves.

Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States EdWeek: So far there is little sign and not a great deal of precedent that the states backing away from the common core, or considering doing so, will ultimately produce anything that is truly different from those standards.

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom NPR: The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.

Huge confusion in Mississippi over Common Core Hechinger: Under the Common Core standards, students are learning more challenging content earlier. For example, Mississippi’s kindergarteners were expected to count to 20 under the old standards. Under Common Core, they must count to 100.


Quinn gets backing from both statewide teachers' unions Chicago Tribune: The IFT, which includes the Chicago Teachers Union, also backed Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for re-election against Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

On education, candidates for Illinois governor closer than they think WBEZ: The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority: education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether.


Principal Principle tells it like it is about teaching in Chicago Reader: Kaufman—who died last week—wrote Up the Down Staircase, one of the great satires about teaching high school in a big city public school system, back in 1965.…

New law lets more school workers use emergency injection on students Chicago Tribune: ... inspired in part by the death a year earlier of Katelyn Carlson, a seventh-grader who went into a severe allergic reaction after eating food cooked in peanut oil during a school party at Edison Regional Gifted Center in Chicago's Albany Park

Rahm: Strength of CPS diversity behind hiring preference plan Chicago Sun-Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to give graduates of Chicago Public Schools a leg up on city jobs — including Chicago firefighters.


Scene of the Crime: ‘It’s Spreading, Spreading More Over Here’ Tribune:  After a three-year-old is wounded in a Brighton Park shooting, residents reveal what life is like among the gangs.

How Health and Housing Relate to Crime in Chicago Chicago Magazine: Chicago’s sickest and most violent neighborhoods are usually one and the same


The biggest benefit of pre-K might not be education Vox: One of the most common arguments in favor of universal pre-K is the argument that it will actually save money: $7 for every $1 invested, according to President Obama's proposal for expanding pre-K access. Some studies have found an even higher return — as high as $16 to $1 — on investment from sending 4-year-olds to school.

A Shattered School in Gaza New Yorker: Tuesday night, thirty-three hundred people were crowded into the Jabaliya Primary School for Girls, in Gaza, when, according to the United Nations, the school was hit three times by explosions.


Lawsuit Claims D.C. Underfunded Charter Schools To The Tune Of $770 Million WAMU: A charter school advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt alleging that the city's government funds the two public school systems unequally.

Montgomery County Officials Struggle With Scope Of Unaccompanied Children Crisis WAMU: Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have made their way to Maryland, but the county is still struggling to determine the scope of the response needed, because precise numbers have proved elusive.

Program helps students chart their future EdSource Today: A summer program helps San Francisco high school students get back on track academically – and gives them an introduction to higher education and jobs. “What I took from this program is confidence,” one student said. “If you really want something, there should be no reason you can’t go out and get it.”

Back-to-school sticker shock Marketplace Learning Curve: Huntington Bank is out with its annual "backpack index," which tracks the cost of school supplies. The bad news: elementary school kids will need $642 in extras this year, middle-school kids will spend an additional $918, and high school students will get hit up for an additional $1,284.

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  • Common Core seems like it will stick around for awhile. The question is if the assessment systems will stick, considering costs. Looking forward to learning more from the early adopters.

  • The school supply thing caught my attention. There are a lot of optionals on the list. And, who is paying 3.00 for Elmer's glue. We buy en masse at the Target sale for the whole year!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    A whole lot of the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store
    for a lot less than that.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Supplies! What a joke! I bought the supplies for my students every year plus Xerox paper and ink/toner plus paid a huge bill to the printing place. I even had to buy the pencils and collect them at the end of the day to make sure I had enough for the next day.

    I used to laugh at friends who were complaining about receiving countless teacher mugs at Christmas. I bought Christmas presents for my students and was happy if one or two sent a thank you note. I will always remember the sweet little boy who gave me his mother's engagement ring for a Christmas present. His mom and I had a good laugh. In many homes there is simply no money for supplies and barely enough for presents for the children. Gifting the mailman, teacher or neighbor is a foreign concept.
    Teaching students who are below the poverty level can be very different from teaching middle class students.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Shop till you drop.
    Many stores,like Office Max, have stupendous back to school sales every year.I remember pencils 12 for a dollar,folders for a nickel.
    Paper pens markers,all very cheap.Stock up when all those supplies are on sale.

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  • We do not have to be worry in Illinois.
    Unions will support financially lawmakers as usually.

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