There are two new magazine rankings out -- the Newsweek rankings (which includes a new list for higher-poverty schools that do well) and the Chicago Magazine feature on private high schools as an alternative to selective enrollment, neighborhood, and other CPS schools. What else? A couple of pieces about Karen Lewis, and a few more about a push for universal preschool. A new report showing American teachers are in the classroom more than their counterparts in other nations.
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Northside Prep No. 3 in New U.S. Rankings by Newsweek; Lane Tech Closes Gap DNA Info: CPS performed well in Newsweek's new rankings of top high schools serving low-income students. A number of Chicago high schools are performing extremely well when it comes to helping students overcome socioeconomic obstacles in order to achieve academic success.
The 2014 Guide to Chicago’s Private High Schools Chicago Magazine: CPS’s selective-enrollment schools are great but hard to get into. Here’s how to navigate the alternatives.
Lewis fields questions on schools, cops and her vision for city Chicago Sun-Times: More than 100 people filled an event center in the South Shore neighborhood Monday night to ask questions of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. The top question — Will she run for mayor? — was not answered.
Our neighborhood rally with Karen Lewis Mike Klonsky: This afternoon's rally at the monument in Logan Square, was drowned by a deluge as a series of storms rolled across the city. Karen Lewis and some brave souls made a run for El Cid up the block and set up camp there to discuss the issues at hand.
Council's progressive caucus demands universal early childhood care Chicago Sun-Times: A coalition that includes SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Action Now and the Chicago Teachers Union want the city to pay for the expansion by enacting what it calls “progressive revenue measures.”
Grassroots and union activists urge universal preschool in Chicago Catalyst: As New York City rolls out an ambitious plan to offer free full-day prekindergarten for tens of thousands of 4-year-olds this fall, community activists and union members in Chicago say it’s time for universal early childhood education and child care in the Windy City.
Universal Pre-K Pushed by Progressives, Neighborhood Groups DNAinfo: ... Organization and Action Now joined with the Brighton Park council and aldermen to form what they called the Bright Future Chicago Campaign, supported by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Service Employees International Union Healthcare of Illinois.
Mother of CPS student suing Board of Ed, claiming teacher touched her daughter Voices: The mother of a Chicago Public Schools student is suing the Chicago Board of Education, claiming her daughter's teacher touched the girl inappropriately during the 2013-2014 school year.
Can Blended Learning Save Catholic Schools? EdSurge: There are 500,000 fewer students enrolled in Catholic schools in the U.S. than there were 10 years ago.
Cuomo wins closer-than-expected primary race Vox: On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo beat back a left-wing primary challenge and won renomination, defeating Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout.
Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name WashPost: As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different. See also State EdWatch
American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report HuffPost: American middle school and high school teachers spend more time educating students than peers in every OECD country except Chile, according to the report. In addition to classroom time, U.S. teachers are required to be at school for more hours than most of their international peers.
Howard Fuller: A civil rights warrior or billionaire’s tool? WashPost: He’s been called both a respected voice in the African American community and a tool of billionaire conservatives. He’s a onetime labor activist who says teachers unions are blocking poor children from getting a good education. And he’s a civil rights champion who broke with the NAACP over publicly funded vouchers for private schools.
‘Are we gonna die?’ Answering my third grade students on 9/11 PBS NewsHour: Sept. 11, 2001, started like any other school day at Franklin Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey: there was unpacking, school announcements and a morning meeting. I was new at this. I was 23. How was I to contain my fear and anxiety in front of my kids? What would I tell them?