CPS Enrollment Dips Below 400K Students

CPS Enrollment Dips Below 400K Students

As you already may have heard, CPS is now 3,000 students smaller than it was last year. But some janitors get to keep their jobs - for now. The BGA is giving Mayor Rahm mixed grades. Elsewhere: Superintendents overwhelmingly support the Common Core assessments, according to an EdWeek/Gallup poll. The Atlanta cheating trial has finally begun.

ENROLLMENT DECLINE

3,000 fewer students enroll in Chicago Public Schools WBEZ: For the first time since at least 1970, Chicago Public Schools will serve fewer than 400,000 students. Enrollment in CPS had been steadily declining for the last decade, but remained relatively flat from 2008 to 2012. In the last two years, since CPS closed 50 district-run schools, the system lost about 6,000 students.  The decline keeps Chicago just ahead of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

JANITORS

Aramark, CPS change plan to cut school janitors WBEZ: Today was supposed to be the last day of work for 468 janitors in Chicago Public Schools. The union representing privately employed janitors in CPS said 178 janitors will keep their jobs and the remaining 290 will work for another month. Aramark spokesperson Karen Cutler confirmed some janitors will keep their jobs.

Fewer Aramark custodians in CPS schools losing their jobs Tuesday Chicago Sun-Times:  Aramark, the private service company now in charge of managing all the custodians in Chicago Public Schools, has decreased the number of janitors who were going to lose their jobs on Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times learned Monday night.

MISC

Pritzker Foundation gives scholarships to undocumented students Tribune: Some 70 undocumented high school seniors set to graduate in June from the Noble Network of Charter Schools can tap into a new $3 million college scholarship fund aimed at filling a financial gap and established by loyal Noble backers — the Pritzker Foundation.

Students sent wrong test scores after CPS data error Tribune:  Chicago Public Schools officials said Monday that the district last week sent incorrect test scores to 201 area private school students vying to attend the city's selective-enrollment schools and academic centers.

Comings and Goings: new principals Catalyst: Mark Grishaber has been named principal of Taft High School. He was formerly assistant principal at Young High School. New principal, Michael Herring, has been named principal of Jahn. Former interim principal at Burnside, Kelly Thigpen has become contract principal.

Time to grade mayor’s performance BGA: The budget process has more transparency and input from city departments, sharper financial assessments, and tighter deadlines. But community participation is virtually nonexistent, and there’s still a long way to go to eliminate pension woes, structural deficits, poor credit ratings and excessive long-term borrowing.

NATIONAL

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia EdWeek: About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey.

AFT Set To Spend More In 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle Huffington Post: An AFT official told The Huffington Post that the union is on track to spend more than $20 million this cycle to "try to dial back some of the damage done by the cuts to public education and public services and elect people who will fight for kids, families and communities."

NEA Sues New Mexico Schools Chief Over Teacher Evaluations TeacherBeat: NEA officials say that the state has violated local districts' purview in dictating aspects of the evaluation systems, particularly by requiring a certain portion to be based on growth in students' standardized-test scores.

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static NPR: One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process, while avoiding the traditional screen-time pitfalls.

OTHER CITIES

De Blasio stays mum on plans for struggling schools ChalkbeatNY: Mayor Bill de Blasio needs another extension. Four weeks into the school year, de Blasio said he wasn’t yet ready to detail his vision for improving with the city’s worst-performing schools, saying those plans would be released soon for the second time this month.

Colorado: Sickouts Close Schools Again AP: Hundreds of students in Jefferson County missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick.

Business, civic leaders call on L.A. school board to retain John Deasy LA Times: Local business and civic leaders are calling on the Los Angeles Board of Education to retain Supt. John Deasy, hoping to head off potential action by a board majority that is unhappy with him.

Trial Opens in Atlanta School Cheating Scandal NYT: Prosecutors alleged that teachers and administrators had engaged in a “widespread, cleverly disguised” conspiracy to cheat on standardized test scores.

Takeovers of struggling charter schools offer families stability, and a culture clash WPost: The line of parents waiting to attend back-to-school night stretched down the sidewalk, and many of them had no idea what to expect as they approached the historic school on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington.

California Limits Suspensions for 'Willful Defiance' District Dossier: In doing so, the state is following in the footsteps of its large districts—Los Angeles and San Francisco—that have already moved away from using "disruption/willful defiance" as a reason for suspension. The practice has been criticized for its disparate impacts on minority students.

 

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  • The linked article did say that they included charter schools in the 397,000 students. Of course, private and parochial schools aren't included.

    The other hint was in the sentence "“We’re seeing more places, on the West Side and parts of the South Side, where charter school enrollment numbers haven’t kept up with the campuses being added..." reflecting the depopulation of those parts of the city. Then there were the census data that the number of school age children in the city is down 43% from 1970. When there is a concerted effort to move public housing residents to places such as Dolton and Blue Island, stuff like this happens.

  • Birth rates have been in decline for decades. Immigration rates have also declined recently. Despite all of the talk of gentrification and reurbanization, suburbs continue to grow at a much greater rate than central cities.

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