Welcome back -- happy Monday. Today's news includes increased use of substitute teachers, a slew of stories about Lewis/Fioretti/Emanuel (and the school formerly known as Obama High). Late night host Jimmy Fallon is coming to Chicago because of CPS students' reading scores (didn't know that). Plus national news, and other cities' news, and weekend comments about Winckler's depature and all sorts of other things commenters like to comment about. Image via Mean Girls (I think).
Tribune analysis: State school districts relying more on substitute teachers Chicago Tribune: CPS subs are covered under the Chicago Teachers Union contract, said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. Substitutes are paid based on factors outlined in the union contract and can claim at least partial benefits, including health care, Sharkey said.
Portage Park Elementary Got So Hot That Crayons Melted, Parents Say DNAinfo: In August, Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett celebrated the completion of $20 million worth of work that installed air conditioning in 57 schools, the first phase of a multi-year plan to provide air conditioning in every CPS...
Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is seriously mulling a run. If Chicago voters really want to divorce the mayor, a Lewis/ Fioretti union could be a marriage made in heaven.
Are Chicago — and Rahm Emanuel — Ready for Karen Lewis? OZY: The woman who, as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, had the cajones to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel — almost universally regarded as the biggest SOB in American politics — and won.
What the Obama School Name Change Means For the Mayor's Political ... NBC Chicago: Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett signed off on the idea months ago, unveiling splashy plans to open Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, a $60 million top-tier institution near Skinner North Classical School.
OBAMA HIGH SCHOOL
Chicago has 53% Literacy Rate, 2 Schools Named After Obamas FrontPage Magazine:
As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the district said
Duly Noted: Jimmy Fallon on his way to Chicago, but we don't know when Chicago Business Journal: Host of NBC's "Tonight Show" Jimmy Fallon said he would tape an episode of his show in Chicago to pay off a bet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Chicago Public Schools students' reading.
CPS hiding records from the BGA and you Chicago Sun-Times: So it's worth noting the disconnect and, yes, even hypocrisy, in Chicago's public schools, where officials regularly and blatantly ignore legal requirements, including state law, when it comes to complying with document requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Mckenzie Phlipot's Family, Friends Criticize CPS Probe of Her Suicide DNAinfo: Travis Phlipot, Mckenzie's father, clarified his remarks to say that Chicago Public Schoolshad contacted him and the girl's mother in its investigation of Mckenzie's suicide, but they declined to participate.
Duncan criticizes Jindal The Times-Picayune: Jindal announced late last month that he would sue Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education directly over the Common Core academic standards. The lawsuit followed an initial loss for the governor in state court over the use of a Common Core test
Officials optimistic about spring assessments EdSource Today: Last spring more than 3 million students in California, the largest number ever to take an online test in the state, took field tests of new assessments aligned to the Common Core state standards without major technical breakdowns or system crashes, according to state officials. See also: Scores on exit exam hold steady.
TX Education Board Members Question Teacher Prep Requirements Texas Tribune: The three SBOE members, all Republicans, who backed the veto said they hoped it would persuade the board of educator certification to reconsider an August decision against raising the required GPA — from 2.5 to 2.75 —for admission to educator preparation programs. The full SBOE will take up the recommendation Friday.
Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger AP: Educators say a surprising number of school science teachers don't have the required training to handle hazardous chemicals and don't know about standard safety measures....
AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools WashPost: The $665 million federal program helps fund corps members in 1,500 organizations around the country. In the District, about 800 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in public schools — both traditional and charter — and in community organizations that support education.
Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core? NPR: The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA NPR: With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.
Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty WNYC: Jairo Gomez never thought he was poor, even though he was one of seven kids and his family lived in a one-bedroom apartment.
Race and education: Henry Louis Gates to headline UPS conference Seattle Times: Among many hot-button issues in higher education, few reach the stratospheric temperatures of affirmative action, though one of the country's most celebrated educators comfortably counts himself a beneficiary of quota politics.
Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle NPR: San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics.
New Jersey Teacher Is Charged With Sexual Assault of 5 Students AP: Nicole Dufault, a teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, who was arrested this week for having sex with three students, is charged with sexually assaulting two more students.