The Republican candidate for Governor has shifted his Payton Prep clout story again. The Uof C has new research showing the benefits of challenging materials (plus orderly classrooms). MRE and B3 aren't interested in delaying school start times. Elsewhere, NYC mayor De Blasio is being forced to accommodate charter expansion, and LA teachers are asking for an 18 percent raise in the next contract.
Rauner reverts back to earlier version of Payton Prep story The Capitol Fax: However, [outgoing Chicago Public Schools Inspector James Sullivan] told The Associated Press on Thursday that Rauner didn't use the formalized principals' process. CPS policy says that principals of selective high schools can use discretion for up to 5 ..
U. of C. study: Challenging material, orderly class keys to learning Sun Times: Making high school classes more rigorous isn’t enough to improve student achievement — the learning environment really matters, too, according to new research to be published Thursday by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
Should Sleep-Deprived Teens Get Later CPS Start Time? Hearings Sought DNAinfo: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett pooh-poohed the study last month. "I don't think the research is conclusive on that," Byrd-Bennett said. The mayor called it "too preliminary."
Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat NBC Chicago:Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are inching closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February.
Ineffective, inarticulate and out-of-touch Chicago Tribune: A chemistry teacher and Chicago Teachers Union leader who earns more the $200,000 a year, owns three homes, lead the CPS into their first strike in more than 20 years for a 30 percent salary increase and focuses only on Chicago Public Schools rather...
High school kids can soar with more online courses Chicago Sun-Times: Take, for example, what Donza Worden, who now works in Chicago but went to high school in Michigan. Back in 2009, Donza's “senior year slide” at De Tour High School, on Michigan's upper peninsula, went in reverse.
3 charged in robbery of 400 iPads from Lake Forest school Chicago Tribune: Lake Forest Academy, a private boarding and day school in Lake Forest for grades 9 through 12, has about 434 students, Morrison said.
Storm causes $5M in damage to suburban high school WGN: Friday’s storm caused about $5 million dollars of damage at the school. The storm that came through ripped off part of the school’s roof and flooded the field house.
Mayor Agrees to Accommodate 4 Larger or New Charter Schools NYT: Under a new state law, New York City must offer free space in public buildings or or help with the cost of renting private space.
Palm Beach school leaders won't opt out of high-stakes testing Sun Sentinel: The Lee County board initially supported the anti-test stance, even though state officials said it's against the law and would affect funding, student grades, graduation and eligibility for athletics. The Lee board reversed itself earlier this month.
In-seat attendance up in D.C. schools Washington Post: DCPS in recent years has shifted away from measuring “average-daily attendance” which counts students with excused absences as attending on any given day, according to Hedy Chang, director of Attendance Works, a national organization that has worked with DCPS. The new “in-seat attendance” measure only counts students who are actually there, which is a more meaningful number, she said.
Duncan Looks to Tennessee's Turnaround School District as Model for Country PK12: On the last stop of his back-to-school bus tour through three Southern states, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan used a panel discussion Wednesday to tackle the education crisis present in so many economically devastated communities across the country.
D.C. Teacher To Apologize For Asking Students To Compare Bush To Hitler WAMU: As part of a discussion on the book "War and Peace," a sixth-grade teacher asked their students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and German dictator Adolf Hitler.
UTLA tells LAUSD: 'The money is there' for 17.6 percent teacher pay raise LA Daily News: United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl on Tuesday told the Los Angeles Unified School board that it can clearly afford to give teachers a raise.
First Lady Michelle Obama Consoles Child Who Fainted ABC News: The first lady called for paramedics and said, “If anyone is starting to feel tired standing up, bend your knees! And eat your breakfast, and lunch!”
Playgrounds For All Children: Here's How To Find One NPR: For kids with disabilities, a simple activity like going down a slide can be a challenge. An NPR crowdsourcing project maps inclusive playgrounds — fun and safe for all — across the country.
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music. NPR: A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.