Hi, all: The news of the day includes coverage of Karen Lewis in Newark (where an educator won the mayoral election recently -- but not control of the school system), news of the custodians being fired, and concern at some schools like Goethe where the 10th day attendance projections haven't been met yet (deadline's today!). Plus lots of national news about ed tech and privacy, plus school districts getting tanks from the Pentagon.
CTU President Karen Lewis meets with Newark Mayor WGN-TV: The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago Teacher's Union President, Karen Lewis, another possible candidate for mayor, was in Newark, New Jersey over the past few days. She was talking with Newark's mayor, who also had a background in education.
Karen Lewis in Jersey to talk to Newark educator-turned-mayor Chicago Sun-Times: Possible mayoral hopeful Karen Lewis last week traveled to Newark and apparently took part in a series of meetings and seminars, including with the city's mayor, who happens to have a bit in common with Lewis.
Teachers Union Heads Get First-Hand Look at NJ School-Reform Hot Spots NJ Spotlight: The other was a stop in Newark by the head of the Chicago Teachers Union, the woman who led the nation's largest teachers strike in decades. While the visits were not coordinated -- the two unions are not affiliated -- but the timing of the two events
Hundreds of school custodians to be laid off Catalyst: CPS head of Asset Management Leslie Norgren insists that the No. 1 goal of contracting with the private companies is to make the buildings cleaner. She says the second objective is to save money and the third is to make principals lives easier.
Chicago Public Schools to lay off 476 custodians Sun Times: The Chicago Public Schools will lay off 476 custodians this month, a district official said Saturday. The custodians will be notified of their job status by Sept. 30, CPS spokeswoman Leslie Norgren said.
No-homework policy improves home life for younger students at one CPS school Sun Times: Hamilton Elementary has replaced homework for kindergartners, and first- and second-graders this year with PDF — play, downtime and family time — along with lots of reading for fun.
Watchdog Accuses Chicago Public Schools Of Violating Open Records Law CBS: The problem might be the whole school system – a district with a $5.6 billion budget, more than 650 schools. more than 400,000 students, and nearly 42,000 employees – has only one person handling all FOIA requests.
Give Illinois students a choice Chicago Tribune: If we have great teachers in every classroom and funding to the tune of $13,000 per student per year, then how do we account for the ISBE statistic that less than half of Chicago Public Schools students meet state standards and only 26 percent are ...
2 Chicago area schools named for Obama family Northwest Herald: School officials with District 163 in Park Forrest announced Friday that the Beacon Hill school in Chicago Heights has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Forest Trail.
Goethe Elementary Seeks Students as Enrollment Deadline Looms DNA Info: A Logan Square elementary school needs to enroll at least eight students by Monday night, or risk losing tens of thousands of dollars in funding.
Strained ties cloud future of Deasy, LAUSD LA Times: The controversy engulfing Los Angeles Unified's $1.3-billion technology project has inflamed long-held tensions between the Board of Education and Supt. John Deasy, who is questioning whether he should step down.
New York City Charter Schools Test New Rent Rules WNYC: Ascend is among the first wave of charters seeking to take advantage of a state law approved in April that requires the city to give charters free space in public school buildings or pay their rent.
For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many NPR: One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.
Room for Debate: How to Diversify Teaching NYT: What can be done to make a career in education more attractive to men and people of color?
Ready To Work WNYC: Next, we'll spend time at a vocational school in one of America's wealthiest school districts in Lexington, MA. Then: a trip to Nashville, where failing schools have been turned into so-called "career academies" that focus on technical education.
With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise NYT: Parent groups and privacy advocates are challenging the practices of an industry built on data collection, and California has passed wide-ranging legislation protecting students’ personal information.
Schools move toward ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policies to boost student tech use Washington Post: His iPhone is on his desk, out in the open, and Joshua Perez’s teacher does not take it away. Instead, she asks the eighth-grader and his classmates in honors geometry at Argyle Magnet Middle School to Google the words “vertex form parabola.”
Using tablets to teach reading Marketplace: We're kicking off a week-long series on how technology is changing reading.
San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir NPR: The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.
California School Cops Received Military Rifles, Grenade Launchers, Armored Vehicles HuffPost: A Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson who requested anonymity confirmed school police received the gear noted in the report. The district, which has 400 sworn officers, has been receiving military weaponry since 2001, the spokesperson said.