Today's education news: Locally, Gordon Tech is now DePaul College Prep. Byrd-Bennett gets a shout out for her appearance at a Kanye West performance. They're fighting over school funding proposals. Raise Your Hand got the Sun-Times to bite on a conspiracy story about who's behind a new parent group hosting a citywide middle school conference (especially ironic given nagging questions about who's behind ILRYH and why their positions match up so completely with CTU's views). Nationally, student homelessness is still on the rise, and two districts shared the annual Broad Prize for district improvement.
Nybo Fights Bill That Devastates Local School Funding Chicago Tribune: State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) has vowed to fight passage of Senate Bill 16 (SB 16) that would strip suburban schools of most of their state support while channeling that money to Chicago schools.
Yeezus Made His Homecoming at Chicago's AAH! Fest Noisey: Shout out to top bun-wearing Bulls center Joakim Noah who looked like a high giant and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett who was having an awfully good time.
Parents who want to attend school fair asked to provide names, emails Chicago Sun-Times: Parent Power was founded by Tom Hurvis, a Northbrook-based businessman who has served on the board of New Schools for Chicago, and led by Chris Butler, a former New Schools director of advocacy and outreach.
Gordon Tech Renamed DePaul College Prep, Debuts Large Innovation Lab DNA Info: School officials unveiled a 15,000-square-foot "maker space" and held a ceremony for the renaming.
Girl with disability wrongfully denied calculator for MAP test Voices: A mother suing Chicago Public Schools is alleging that her daughter, who has a severe learning disability, is wrongfully being denied the right to use a calculator for a district-wide assessment on Oct. 4.
Mckenzie Phlipot's Family, Friends Criticize CPS Probe of Her Suicide DNA Info: Travis Phlipot, Mckenzie's father, clarified his remarks to say that Chicago Public Schools had contacted him and the girl's mother in its investigation of Mckenzie's suicide, but they declined to participate.
Education Guru Diane Ravitch on Bruce Rauner: 'A Terrible Idea' Chicago Magazine: The professor, an ally of Karen Lewis, describes an awkward argument with the blunt candidate over charter schools.
Ray LSC selects principal Hyde Park Herald: Megan Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July. She has a total of seven years experience in education. Before coming to Ray, Thole served as a resident principal at Skinner North Elementary School.
WiFi In Schools: How Safe? Progress IL: Sheri Calarco, a parent in Wilmette, says her youngest son started getting headaches and rapid heart rates, only when he was in school. After a lengthy process of elimination, Wi-Fi remained the likely culprit.
Record number of public school students nationwide are homeless Washington Post: Elementary and secondary schools reported that 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2012-2013 year, an 8 percent jump from the prior year.See also AP.
The politics of Common Core don't matter nearly as much as what happens in classrooms Vox: While the political debate is far from settled, it now appears likely that the Common Core standards will hang on in the vast majority of states. Second, the Common Core will be the basis for end-of-year standardized tests in many more states, making the stakes for students and teachers much higher.
Common Core can help English learners in California, new EdTrust study says Hechinger Report: The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English. See also EdSource Today.
'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace' NPR: Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana. And had taught at his former high school. See also here.
Districts in Florida, Georgia Split School Prize ABC News: In a first for the largest education award given to public schools nationwide, jurors decided to split the $1 million Broad Prize between two urban districts - a past winner with an established record in Georgia and an up-and-coming district showing recent gains in Florida. See also AP.
In Washington Heights, Students Greet Spanish Queen With Selfies and Song WNYC: At Dos Puentes Elementary in Washington Heights on Monday, first graders sang a stirring rendition of "Let it Go" in Spanish, and eighth graders took selfies with Queen Letizia of Spain. See also ChalkbeatNY.
Interim Superintendent Aims To Keep Seattle Public Schools On A Steady Course Seattle Public Radio: Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland about the challenges ahead as he takes charge of Seattle Public Schools.