More Voting, More Money!

More Voting, More Money!

Latest education news: Advocates rallied in support of an elected school board (and more funding).  Lewis derided the CPS preference for firefighters as a stunt. CPS efforts to sell off unused building hampered by promise not to let charters use them (talk about stunts).  There was a big edtech conference in Bridgeport last week (who knew?). Nationally, NYC Mayor De Blasio continues to push for more Common Core training for teachers even as national poll results find reduced support among teachers and the public.

CPS students rally, march to demand elected school board Chicago Sun-Times: Before their planned march to the headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools, the students held a news conference across the street from Daley Plaza. They were joined there by Will Guzzardi, the Democrat who won the March primary for the 39th Illinois ...

CPS Students Call For An Elected School Board, Adequate School Funding Progress Illinois:  Give us back our easels!", the student activists marched from a plaza adjacent to the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., to the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) downtown headquarters at 125 S. Clark St.

Lewis: Rahm's CPS preference plan in firefighter hiring a 'stunt' Chicago Sun-Times: The City of Chicago is gearing up to enforce its Chicago Public Schools preference policy, which would give CPS graduates preferential standing among other firefighter applicants, providing an unfair advantage above students enrolled in private or religious

CPS trying to unload dozens of closed schools Chicago Tribune: CPS is bound by a promise district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made not to allow privately run charter schools into any of the buildings.

Chicago Public Schools struggles to find buyers for empty school buildings Chicago Business Journal: Earlier this month, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that of the three school buildings put up for bid, two of them could go to charter school operators, which would violate a promise made by CPS CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett during the closure process

How Chicago is Bringing Together Edtech Entrepreneurs and Educators EdSurge: At the second annual Collaborative last Thursday, August 14, over 650 educators from Chicago and surrounding areas and entrepreneurs from 37 startups gathered at the South Side’s Bridgeport Art Center to engage in panels, workshops and pitch sessions.

Charter public schools are high-quality options Chicago Tribune: In a far more complete poll commissioned by the Chicago Tribune and Joyce Foundation, the results showed widespread support for charter public schools and opening more schools to meet growing parent demand.

Lincoln Annex Zoning Change OK'd by City Board, Construction to Start Soon DNA Info: There is still threat of a lawsuit by a group of neighbors, but Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said she believes Friday night's 4-0 vote was significant.

NATIONAL

Support For The Common Core Plummets, Especially Among Teachers HuffPost: 40 percent of teachers said they opposed the Common Core -- more than triple the 12 percent who said they were against the standards in 2013.  Broken down by party lines, Republicans were much more likely to have switched their opinion than Democrats.

How much did students really gain on Common Core tests in New York? Data doesn’t say Hechinger Report: Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, pointedly confirmed their commitment to Common Core when they announced the test results. “Both promised to invest more in teacher training to help implement the new standards in the classroom.

Fight on Common Core Is Dividing Louisiana NYT: The fight has generated two dueling lawsuits, a standoff between Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state superintendent of education he appointed, and a sense of chaos among educators and parents.

No Safe Place: Ferguson Postpones Start of School Year WNYC: The decision to cancel school is one Scott Spurgeon, superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District, made on Monday. Spurgeon oversees the school district that includes the location where 18-year-old Brown was shot.

Undocumented Children Strain Miami Schools NPR: School administrators in South Florida are concerned about funding and resources for these new students, who often require extra attention. Some children have never attended school before, and others suffer from psychological trauma from the gang violence back home.

OTHER CITIES

Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools NYT: New policies with the aim of keeping students out of the court system will end citations for minor offenses like fighting or defacing school property.

Two Teens Arrested for Mass School Shooting Plot in Southern California AP: Two students at South Pasadena High School were arrested on suspicion of a plot that reportedly involved shooting three school staffers and then targeting as many students as possible.

 

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  • speaking of money... AFT union head Randi Weingarten pledges $1M if @KarenLewisCTU runs against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Sun-Times @dmihalopoulos http://ow.ly/AvA5N

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