Catalyst notes how quick CPS is to punish students. Emanuel comes out on top of the latest poll - but Lewis is undaunted. CPS headquarters has a new buyer. Elsewhere, New York teachers are defending tenure/seniority provisions against two new lawsuits, and after-school programs are expanding but it's unclear if they can bridge the gap.
Quick to punish Catalyst: Chicago Public Schools relies on suspensions, expulsions and arrests for drug-related incidents, while many suburbs pair punishment with therapy or education.
Good news for Emanuel in latest poll Crain's Chicago Business: A new poll made available to Crain's shows Mr. Emanuel with a 12-point lead over Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who recently conceded that she's taking a serious look at running.
Progressives Target Rahmbo Wall Street Journal: The most problematic is the Chicago Teachers Union contract, which expires next June. After their last contract expired in 2012, teachers staged a seven-day strike that resulted in Mr. Emanuel conceding to most of the union's demands.
Poll shows Emanuel with 12-point lead over Lewis Chicago Sun-Times: After taking a beating in a series of Sun-Times polls, including one where Chicago Teachers UnionPresident Karen Lewis had a 9-point lead, one poll has given Mayor Rahm Emanuel the edge.
Lewis Not Discouraged By Trailing Emanuel In Poll CBS Local: 45 percent of those responding are either supporting or leaning toward supporting the mayor with 33 percent supporting or leaning toward supporting the Chicago Teachers Union president. 22 percent are undecided and the margin of error is 4.4 percent.
Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School Hyde Park Herald: Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones, five members of Kenwood's staff and Kenwood local ...
New buyer emerges for Chicago Public Schools HQ Crain's Chicago Business: A venture of Blue Star Properties will invest more than $30 million renovating 125 S. Clark St., founder Craig Golden estimates.
New York Educators Fight Back on Attacks to Tenure NYT: The United Federation of Teachers sent out a memo defending tenure laws after two parents groups in New York filed lawsuits to challenge it.
Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown the Door WNYC: With its cherished tenure system under scrutiny, the New York City teachers union claimed on Tuesday that hundreds of teachers leave the city schools every year for failing to meet professional standards or as a result of disciplinary actions, even though very few of them are actually fired.
Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges NPR: Her group played a supporting role in both the California and New York challenges and is now considering action in several other states.
Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Own School Board Over The Common Core HuffPost: On Tuesday, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6-4 to join the lawsuit against Jindal, known as Navis Hill, et al., v. Louisiana State.
Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? The Hechinger Report: On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story.
Can after-school programs help shrink the ‘opportunity gap’ for low-income students? PBS NewsHour: Middle School 223 in the Bronx, NY, is one of about 1,000 public schools in the U.S. offering low-income students a host of fun and educational classes after the final bell rings. But despite their best intentions, after-school programs may be overlooking the “elephant in the room”.
Unaccompanied youths enroll in Dalton (Ga.) schools AP: Approximately 30 unaccompanied minors were admitted into the Dalton Public Schools district during the last school year, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said. It is not known whether more are coming with a new school year approaching. Though the number of new students has not been unmanageable for the school system, the youths bring with them an entirely unique set of challenges for the district to address.
North Carolina Budget Deal Includes a Raise for Teachers NYT: Legislators have announced a tentative budget agreement that includes a pay raise for public schoolteachers, but analysts expect that the proposed changes will mean more cuts elsewhere.
Trial in Atlanta Cheating Case Will Proceed Without Beverly Hall District Dossier: Charges stemming from the widespread cheating scandal are still pending against the former Atlanta superintendent, but her poor health may keep her from ever standing trial.