Day 3, already? How did we get here so quickly -- and why hasn't anyone covered (or livetweeted, to my knowledge), anything other than pro forma MRE and B3 and CTU school visits on the first day? Maybe I missed something (#backtoschoolCPS?). In other news: UNO is under investigation (again), it's the first day of UPK for NYC (50,000 additional kids!), and Diane Ravitch made Politico's Top 50 Influencers list this year. Oh, and Rod Estvan thinks white neighborhood parents opposed to sale of Trumbull are hypocrites.
Why This Chicago High School Has Only 12 Students Left Huffington Post: In the meantime, Dyett's staff of three teachers and one principal continue to offer classes to the remaining students. Certain courses -- such as art, gym and music -- are taught online.
UNO charter schools now target of IRS audit over bonds Sun Times: The United Neighborhood Organization’s charter-school network is facing possible new legal troubles, with an IRS audit of bonds issued for its Chicago schools. The Internal Revenue Service audit involves nearly $37 million in bonds issued in 2011 for the UNO Charter School Network Inc.
CPS Principal: Data Shows Neighborhood Schools Outperform Charters CBS Local: An influential Chicago Public Schools principal has said the district's own figures show much of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education reform plan isn't working.
School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines CBS Local: The state's second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom
Karen Lewis to Attend Logan Square's First Schools Rally of the Year DNAinfo: The Logan Square Neighborhood Association will host Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis at “The Eagle” monument Friday for a neighborhood party at the end of the first week of class for schools citywide.
Local Web Series On Education To Air On WTTW Progress IL: The series, made popular through its YouTube channel, follows five Chicago-area eighth graders in different public schools as they transition into the region's top selective-enrollment high schools.
Conversations with teachers: Evaluations Catalyst: For most CPS teachers, this is the year the district’s new evaluation system finally means something. And that’s a scary prospect. When the Recognizing Educators Advancing Chicago Students (known as REACH) system went into effect last year, it only applied to non-tenured teachers and those with...
NYC School Year Starts with New Mayor's Imprint WNYC: While his signature campaign initiative to expand pre-kindergarten classes has received the most attention, it is just one of several policy changes expected to ripple through the system.
Final Touches Range From Flowery to Frantic as Expanded Pre-K Awaits Start NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promised free prekindergarten for every 4-year-old, and his administration has invested mightily in quickly bringing that plan to life.
Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling NPR: New York City is scrambling to make good on its promise to provide preschool for all. That means hiring roughly 1,000 new teachers. But few will likely be men.
Supt. Deasy's early and avid support of iPads under intense scrutiny LA Times: The pitch came from a smiling man in a jacket and tie, sitting at his desk and rhapsodizing about the wonders one product could bring to the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District.
North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America NPR: The school board in Durham, N.C., voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America, after the current crop of teachers finish out their stints. Board members cited the lack of experience and the limited commitment of these young teachers in the district's "high-needs" schools.
How One Counselor In Texas Advises Hundreds Of Students Houston Public Media: The auditorium is packed at Reagan High School. Ninth graders are learning about all the different clubs they can join — like cheerleading. “Ready! Big maroon!” Via Chalkbeat.
Texas Mimics New York in Pushing Back State Tests' Impact on Students State EdWatch: Texas is considering a timeline for phasing in the impact of new tests on students that resembles an approach recently adopted by New York state.
State awards Common Core test contract EdSource Today: With the State Board of Education’s approval, California became the ninth state Wednesday to award a contract to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for the standardized tests in the Common Core State Standards that students will take next spring.
Michael Bloomberg to Return to Lead Bloomberg L.P. NYT: When he left politics, Mr. Bloomberg, 72, was expected to devote most of his time to giving away his $32.8 billion fortune.
State of the Art: Grading Teachers, With [Survey] Data From Class NYT: Panorama Education, aided by prominent tech investors, is refining student feedback through innovative data collection. School systems are embracing the concept.
Back to School: What Are the Rules of Prayer in the Classroom? NBC News: NBC News Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis clears up some of the rules of religion in public schools.
#48 Diane Ravitch Politico: Many question her dramatic about-face. But Ravitch argues that it gives her more credibility: “How many people actually admit that they’re wrong?”