Big news of the day is that Arnaldo Rivera will replace Beth Swanson as education deputy at City Hall -- anybody know or worked with him? Also: They're selling old CPS buildings. There's a new principals' advocacy group. Roughly 900 CPS teachers aren't fully licensed -- and some unknown number are mismatched with their assignments. What else -- you ready for the year to start yet?
RIVERA REPLACES SWANSON
Former CPS chief of staff joins Emanuel education team Chicago Tribune: Arnaldo Rivera, former Chicago Public Schools administrator and chief of staff to two district chiefs, will become Mayor Rahm Emanuel's next deputy.
Former teacher, administrator is Emanuel’s new education deputy Sun Times: A former Chicago Public School teacher-turned-administrator who helped implement Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s signature plan for a longer school day will become the mayor’s top deputy for education.
Former CPS chief of staff joins Emanuel education team RedEye Chicago: He remained in that position under the current district chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, playing an instrumental role in the process to close nearly 50 elementary schools.
PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS
New principals group to weigh in on policy Catalyst: Led by the two principals who wrote editorials critical of CPS administration, the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association has formed a new committee aimed at advocating for policy and amplifying principal voice. The first forum will be held on Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion.
Study shows many teachers not credentialed in their subjects Tribune: In the massive Chicago Public Schools system, where most students are poor and minority, federal 2011-12 data show that about 900 of 23,000 teachers were not fully licensed. That's down from about 1,800 teachers in 2009. Those figures do not address the issue of teachers in classes for which they are not credentialed.
Three former CPS schools are put out for bid — with restrictions Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools has put three of the 50 buildings from schools it shuttered in 2013 out for bid — one each on the North, West and South sides
Closed Chicago Schools on Developer's Radar: Residential, Retail Considered DNAinfo: Chicago Public Schools closed 50 schools last year that officials determined were underutilized. The process was contentious and heart wrenching for ...
Emanuel PAC created to 'destroy' eight aldermen, Fioretti says Chicago Sun-Times: That leaves Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Fioretti as the highest-profile challengers even thinking about challenging Emanuel.
De Blasio Cheers on National Pre-K Movement WNYC: The mayor spoke broadly about efforts to expand preschool access in cities such as San Francisco, Miami, and San Antonio—efforts he said are reshaping the national conversation.
Memphis-Area School Year Starts With Opening of Six Breakaway Districts District Dossier: Memphis-area suburban communities moved to form their own school districts in the wake of the merger of the Shelby County, Tenn., district with the financially-strapped city school system in 2011.
Michelle Rhee to Chair Her Husband's Sacramento Charter Group District Dossier: The former District of Columbia schools chancellor returns to the Sacramento charter school organization known as St. Hope Public Schools.
LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library EdSurge: The JetSpace features something reminiscent of a typical library: a space for quiet reading, but with hexagonal bookshelves that connect to create spaces for students to sit or do work.
Deasy opens school year with campaign against dropping out LA Times: Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy opened the new school year Tuesday with a speech to administrators in which he urged them to eliminate the dropout rate, and then assigned each one a struggling student to look after.
Dispute over Common Core gets personal AP via SF Gate: White issued a letter a few days later, saying he felt he was being personally attacked with suggestions of "unfounded malfeasance" within his office.
Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain NPR: Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.
Video: Which college has the most beautiful campus? NBC: Rob Franek of The Princeton Review presents the publication’s latest list of the best colleges in America.
Are iPads or Chromebooks better for schools? Hechinger: For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?