So it was the safest year ever, according to CPS statistics -- but CTU and others say that the numbers are off. Who do you think is right? Plus a new budget from CPS, and funding for Rahm's new Super PAC. Also: I'm off tomorrow and part of next week. Have a great (and safe) Fourth Of July Weekend.
CPS Has Safest Year Ever, Study Says; 'Nothing to Celebrate:' Critics DNAinfo: At its most heated, the debate found Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis calling Emanuel "the murder mayor." CTU responded Wednesday with a statement saying there was a "disconnect" between the data and the "unhealthy climates and ...
Emanuel, Holder laud CPS safety record Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought in Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to help make the case that Chicago Public Schools students were safer during the recent academic year than they were before Emanuel made the controversial decision to close ...
Budget details still in short supply Catalyst: The Board of Education will vote on the budget at its July 23 meeting, but officials did not announce any dates for public hearings on it. Once the actual budget is released, it will become clearer which schools will experience budget cuts and which departments the district will invest in most heavily. The $5.76 billion budget is slightly higher than last year's $5.69 billion budget.
CPS finds money to plug $800 million hole in 2015 budget Chicago Sun-Times: Pinning its problems on pension woes, Chicago Public Schools said it found yet another one-time solution to fill a vast deficit in its $5.76 billion 2015 budget, this time expanding the calendar year in which the district will collect property tax revenue. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CPS CEO, said the district will count about $650 million of property tax revenue expected to be collected next August toward this fiscal year to plug the bulk of its $876.3 million deficit.
CPS issues $5.8 billion preliminary budget Chicago Tribune: Forced once again to cover a gaping deficit that this year approaches $900 million, Chicago Public Schools is using a one-time accounting adjustment to make ends meet in a $5.8 billion preliminary operating budget that was released Wednesday.
New Chicago schools budget relies on 'one-time fix' Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago Public Schools today released a proposed fiscal 2015 budget that heavily relies on one-time revenues to pay for regular and some expanded programs, and that as previously promised appears to include no new school closures.
Could Rahm Lose to This Union Leader? Daily Beast: Karen Lewis, the fiery president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), announced she was “seriously thinking” of running against Rahm Emanuel for mayor. With the city plagued by gun violence and cutbacks in vital services, Emanuel's popularity has been ...
Emanuel super PAC gets nearly $1 million in one day Clout Street: Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015.
Gray Elementary Without Principal After Dispute Between CPS, LSC DNAinfo: CPS officials did not respond Tuesday to repeated requests for information about whether CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Anna Alvarado, the chief of elementary and high schools on the Northwest and Far Northwest sides, planned to appoint an acting ...
LAUSD board agrees on testing alternative laptops LA Times: With minimal discussion, Los Angeles school officials this week authorized contracts for the purchase of six different laptop computers to determine which device and curriculum works best for high school students.
In New Orleans, a case study in how school, health care decentralization affect neediest children Hechinger: In recent years, New Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by rapid decentralization of public education and mental health systems.
Summer school enrollment falls sharply after city reduces role of state tests ChalkBeat: In his first six months in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has had a nearly singular focus on providing needy students with expanded education services. But thousands fewer struggling students will be attending summer school this year after city officials changed the way students qualify for the program.
That ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ School Budget Prediction Was a Dud Voice of San Diego: At Superintendent Cindy Marten’s recent press conference, reporters seemed genuinely surprised that she could presenta balanced budget with some good news while filling a shortfall first estimated to be $106 million.
Common Core test anxiety Politico: Attempts to apply standards in different states spark a testing revolt across the country.
Teachers, postal workers weigh Staples boycott USA Today: Postal workers picket in front of a Staples store April 24, in Concord, N.H. Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores.
Do Teachers Really Hate Common Core? From the Floor of ISTE 2014 EdSurge: Teachers can live with--or work through--the standards. But the biggest worry? It’s not the standards that are the problem--educators are feeling stifled by the testing.
Emerging Themes at NEA: 'Toxic Testing' and Union Threats TeacherBeat: The board of directors will propose a New Business Item calling for a campaign against "toxic testing."
New Leadership at the Council of the Great City Schools District Dossier: An Oakland, Calif., school board member will be the new chairwoman of the Council of the Great City Schools' board of directors.
The Senate's Teacher-Prep Draft: What You Need to Know TeacherBeat: Your insider's guide to the Senate's draft bill reworking federal teacher-preparation requirements and grants.
The Return Of The One-Room Schoolhouse NPR: "Hyper-local micro-schools" bring the tiny school into the digital age.
Facing New Technologies in the Classroom, Teachers Seek Help Online Hechinger Report: As school districts across the U.S. increasingly adopt programs that put laptops and tablets in the hands of every student, teachers have expressed the need for proper training. And schools for their part are becoming more vigilant about making sure the digital transition is smooth and cost effective.