Pretty much everyone's focused on the pros and cons of a Karen Lewis challenge to Mayor Rahm and the budget hearings for next year, but I'm still super curious about what's happening at Juarez (cooking the books, firing the whistleblower) and whether it's happening/happened at other CPS schools (right?). Elsewhere, Seattle is finally getting some charter schools, and a new charter school study shows that NYC charters don't under-serve SWD but those in other cities do.
CPS Teacher Claims He Was Fired For Speaking Out On Alleged Wrongdoing CBS: A Chicago teacher blew the whistle on alleged wrongdoing at a Chicago high school, and now he's out of a job. He believes he ... “I know it's retaliation,” Manny Bermudez said after losing his job at Benito Juarez Community Academy High School.
Fired CPS Teacher Was One of 11 Let Go at Benito Juarez HS, Officials Say DNAinfo: ... school's staff in which Bermudez and other teachers were accused of libel after speaking to DNAinfo Chicago regarding the claims that grades had been altered at Juarez. Bermudez is currently appealing his termination to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Reps. Rush, Davis encourage Karen Lewis to run for mayor Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis are encouraging Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, speaking exclusively to the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday after speeches on the House floor.
Toni Preckwinkle Isn't Running for Mayor—Now What? Chicago Magazine: Had she decided to run, Preckwinkle would have needed to stomach a race that would almost certainly get ugly. She and the mayor have never had a cozy relationship. (When Chicago contributor Mark Bazer asked her, on a recent episode of WTTW’s My Chicago, whether the two get along, Preckwinkle paused for an awkward few seconds before muttering, “We work together.”) And the Tribune reported in May that an Emanuel aide was already feeding the paper negative stories about Preckwinkle—nine months before the election. (The aide later said his e-mail was “inappropriate” and apologized for sending it.)
'10 questions for Karen Lewis' Chicago Tribune: 1. How would you balance the city's roughly $8 billion budget? What areas would you cut and why? Remember, your proposals for increased revenue are set aside for teacher pensions, not the operating budget.
CPS officials grilled over local school cuts at budget hearing Sun Times: The specter of 50 closed schools haunted a budget hearing Wednesday night on the West Side as dozens of people asked Chicago Public Schools officials over and over and over: How could CPS continue to cut budgets at neighborhood schools while opening new charter and contract schools — even after shutting down a record number of schools just a year ago?
CPS traditional schools see drop in funding under plan Chicago Tribune: While Chicago Public Schools officials maintain they do everything to keep budget cuts away from the classroom, the proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million.
CPS seeks input on proposed 2015 budget Hyde Park Herald: “We continue to work diligently to keep cuts away from the classroom and have been able to present a budget that increases per pupil funding,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
86 Chicago Public Schools to receive air conditioning for 2014-15 MyFox Chicago: "As we continue to elevate the quality of instruction CPS students receive in the classroom, it is imperative that we simultaneously work to improve the quality of our learning environments," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Finding solutions to curb chronic truancy, absenteeism in earliest grades Catalyst: One of the most important factors that's keeping many of Chicago's youngest children from learning is poor attendance. On Wednesday, educators, parents and community organizers talked about how to address the problem during a special forum that's part of our Catalyst Conversations series.
Seven groups file charter-school proposals, judges uphold affirmative-action ruling Seattle Times: Tuesday was the deadline for the second round of charter-school applications in Washington state, and seven groups filed proposals for new schools. See also Seattle Public Radio
Impasse talks begin for Howard schools, teachers union BaltSun: Howard school officials will begin mediation with the county teachers union Wednesday, the latest step in contentious contract negotiations that lasted throughout the school year.
Summer school now a given for high achievers – but it’ll cost them KPCC: For high achieving students, summer school is the only way to stack their high school transcripts for their college applications to shine above the rest.
Three 'Secret' Ingredients for a Successful Small School WNYC: City officials have boasted for years about their success in creating hundreds of small high schools that have higher graduation rates than many of the large schools they replaced. Now, a new report has singled out what makes the best of these small schools so exceptional.
Investigators Exonerate School in Fatal Stabbing Case WNYC: An investigation released Wednesday found the teen who allegedly stabbed a classmate to death at a Bronx middle school never told anyone at the school about being bullied or harassed by the stabbing victim. Or Chalkbeat: Report: City officials knew of bullying prior to Bronx school stabbing
Beverly Hills High School principal files lawsuit against district LA Times: The principal of Beverly Hills High School filed a federal lawsuit against the school district Wednesday, alleging that officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination and retaliated against him through attacks in the media, harassment and by denying job opportunities to him.
Amid Common Core debate, North Carolina opts to tweak, not abandon, standards Washington Post: The House and Senate agreed to a comprise measure that creates a commission to re-examine the Common Core standards and come up with ways to improve on them.
Researcher says city’s charter schools aren’t pushing students out, though other cities’ are ChalkbeatNY: “I can say there is definitive evidence of some cities in the U.S. of ‘pushout’ and that New York City is not one of them,” said Macke Raymond, director of Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes.