Stormy Summer!?

Stormy Summer!?

The Reader's Ben Joravsky is very excited about Karen For Mayor. Catalyst has a couple of Comings & Goings (and is going to launch a new morning news roundup next Monday). CPS teens win national performing arts awards. The Sun Times launches a new summer series where teachers weigh in on big challenges. Nationally: LAUSD allows laptops along with iPads into its 1:1 initiative. Gates says fixing education hardest thing he's ever tried, and John White tells the state it'll cost $25M for Louisiana to change Common Core horses at this point.

Karen vs. Rahm—the choice is yours, Chicago Chicago Reader: Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, hadn't officially declared. More like she'd told the Sun-Times that she would run if no one else of stature jumps into the race. Still, I haven't felt so good about a breaking political story in this town ...

School vending machines ditch Oreos, Fritos for 'smart snacks' Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Public Schools system adopted "what we would consider our version of these standards two years ago with our Wellness Policy of 2012," ...

Comings and Goings: Easton, Fuller Catalyst: John Q. Easton, director of the Institute of Education Sciences in Washington, D.C., will return to Chicago to take a position as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Spencer Foundation. Jerry Fuller, Executive Director of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, will join the James S. Kemper Foundation as its Executive Director on November 3.

Coming July 7: Our take on the news Catalyst: Next Monday, July 7, Catalyst Chicago will debut a renamed, revamped version of our daily “In the News” roundup. We’re calling it “Take 5,” and our goal is to give you a concise recap and analysis of the five news stories, opinion writing or other media coverage we think you will find most engaging, thought-provoking and useful.

Teens from Chicago and Atlanta win top honors at Broadway's Jimmy Awards Dallas Morning News: Jonah Rawitz of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Chicago, Ill. and Jai'len Josey of Tri-Cities HighSchool in Atlanta, Ga. scored Best Actor and Actress honors at the sixth annual National HighSchool Musical Theater Awards Monday night at Broadway's ...

Summer School teacher essay: Working to find joy in kindergarten Sun Times: The Sun-Times editorial page has launched a summer series in which area teachers weigh in on the big challenges facing education. The latest installment, posted below, is an essay by Mia Valdez Quellhorst, a Chicago Public Schools kindergarten teacher. Her essay dives into what it really takes to help troubled kindergartners learn.


Changing from Common Core would cost $25.2 million over five years, superintendent says White's disclosure came in response to a request from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, as the high-level head-butting over national academic standards in Louisiana moves from news conferences to a committee room, possibly on its way to the courthouse.

Gates Says Fixing Education Toughest Challenge AP: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing the United States' education system. But what he says he really wishes he could do is write a check to eliminate biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Proposal to Rate Leadership Programs Has Principals' Groups 'Concerned' District Dossier: The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals said they support many of the provisions included in the draft of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

A Role Model Pipeline For Young Black Men NPR: Young male African-American teacher trainees learn to "embody hope" for their students.

Video: 'A dangerous path' MSNBC: Alice Linahan, vice president of advocacy organization Women on the Wall, talks about why she thinks the Common Core education standards are not good for students.

What makes for happier teachers, according to international survey Hechinger: Teachers who say they get included in school decision-making and collaborate often with other teachers are more likely to say that teaching is a valued profession in their society.

Michelle Obama: 'Nothing Is Cooler Than Having a Good Education' TIME: First Lady Michelle Obama discusses her family life and the importance of education in a new interview with ESSENCE.


Survey Finds Parents Conflicted About Time Dedicated to Testing Students EdWeek: Parents say assessments and test prep are stealing instructional time away from their children, according to a new survey.

Is test-prep teaching? It takes up 18 percent of school time Seattle Times: As lawmakers in Olympia prepare to grapple with court-ordered increases in school funding, it might help to have a better idea of the various tasks a teacher is expected to complete in a day.


Some schools will get laptops instead of iPads, says LAUSD AP:  In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine whether they should be used going forward.

Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms Seattle Public Radio: The local branch of a national organization that calls itself the Badass Teachers Association was protesting the education reform efforts the Gates Foundation has generously funded, from charter schools to the new Common Core State Standards.



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  • CTU on Harris v. Quinn | Diane Ravitch's blog

  • Nice Stevie Wonder chords offset by funky pans in this slide show from @ctulocal1 Organizing Institute via CORE


  • It's truly amazing how much illegal, unethical, and unlawful nonsense goes on throughout CPS. It's like CPS employees think everything they do is okay as long as they say it's for the children. And, administrators are doing their jobs by manipulating data.

  • "I think that any school closure decision that is blind to quality and performance is wrongheaded," said Andrew Broy, the president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. "If it's just about utilization rates and abstract enrollment numbers, I think that's the wrong approach because then you're adding capacity when the professed reason for the closure was utilization."

  • Andrew Broy's comments as reported at the 14th annual National Charter Schools Conference in Las Vegas were very interesting. I would like to see a tape of the full discussion so I could better understand the comments in context. Alexander if you see a link to any video of it please post it.

    Rod Estvan

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