What's Going On At De Diego?

What's Going On At De Diego?

After a few days of rumors, news broke last night that the administrators at De Diego had been removed over accusations that they were juking enrollment stats.  Know anything about it, or if it's happening in other schools? Plus, more news and speculation about Karen Lewis For Mayor, and national news about a new coalition of diverse charter schools that's been formed.

Wicker Park school principal, assistant principal reassigned Chicago Tribune: The principal and assistant principal at a Wicker Park elementary school were removed from their posts Tuesday, according to a Chicago Public Schools spokesman. Alice Vera, principal at Jose de Diego Elementary Community Academy and Michele Gulo...

De Diego Elementary principal, assistant principal removed from posts Chicago Sun-Times:  “The Board’s Office of the Inspector General completed an investigation involving the principal and assistant principal assigned to De Diego Elementary School,” he wrote in an email. “Based upon those investigative findings, the Board suspended both from their administrative responsibilities, but cannot comment further to due to personnel …

Karen Lewis: Rahm can't run essentially unopposed Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is kind of like the Chicago version of Hillary Clinton. There's been lots of talk about her running for office, but no solid committment. Just last week, she told the Sun-Times she's "a little sick of the ...

Does Rahm Emanuel have a challenger who can win? Reader: If you were busy watching flops in the World Cup, or preparing your float for the Pride parade, you might have missed the unofficial start of the 2015 mayoral race last Thursday.

Karen Lewis 'seriously considering' run for mayor WLS: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political enemy Karen Lewis, the Teachers Union president, says she's "seriously considering" a run for mayor. What does this mean? Lewis would come pre-rejected to the campaign for mayor.

Ford requests $60M for new Austin high school Austin Weekly News: The ongoing fight to bring a new high school to Austin has acquired fresh relevance with the release of a report criticizing the Chicago Public Schools' reform efforts, and state legislation filed last month calling for the construction of the new facility.

Superintendent of Hammond public schools assaulted MyFox Chicago: The superintendent of the Hammond, Indiana public school system was assaulted and robbed Monday night at his home during the severe weather storms.

 

NATIONAL

Louisiana State Board Moves Closer to Suing Gov. Jindal Over PARCC Tests State EdWatch: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 on July 1 to retain legal counsel and prepare for a possible lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal over the PARCC test.

Nutrition Group Lobbies Against Healthier School Meals It Sought, Citing Cost NYT: The School Nutrition Association has done an about-face as it lobbies Congress to allow schools to opt out of the very nutrition rules it helped to create in 2012.

NYC charter schools join national coalition aimed at de-segregating sector ChalkbeatNY: Brooklyn Prospect’s two schools set aside seats for transient students who seek to enroll at their schools in the middle of the year. Community Roots Charter School, housed in one of the city’s fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods, holds seats for students who live in the nearby public housing complexes. Last fall, Success Academy Charter School CEO Eva Moskowitz successfully took on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan over a federal grant policy that prohibited her schools from setting aside seats for English language learners.

OTHER CITIES

Public Schools in New York City Are Poorer and More Crowded, Budget Agency Finds NYT: Total enrollment has not risen, but average class sizes are up and federal and state aid have fallen, a report by the Independent Budget Office said.

Under pressure, D.C. school system gets more aggressive about selling itself Washington Post: The District’s traditional public school system is sending principals out to knock on doors in a campaign to sell itself to city families, an aggressive move to boost enrollment and maintain market share after years of ceding ground to charter schools.

Character Counts! creater, exclusive private school spar over discipline of daughter LA Times: Last month, the day before seniors in white dresses and flower crowns marched in graduation ceremonies, Josephson and his wife, Anne, filed a Superior Court lawsuit accusing the $35,000-a-year school of mistreating two of their teenagers. Their lawyer said they intend to ask a jury for $10 million in damages.

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