Lots of news, though none of it massive: Alicia Winkler is leaving CPS (what real impact will that have, I wonder?). The Board is pulling back its plan for an Obama High School (according to a NYC tabloid). Ray Elementary is trying again to hire a new principal (FWP alum on the LSC!). Plus: Lots of comments about Ray Salazar's critique of union leadership, non-educator advocates (who happen to be white), and overwhelming mandates. See it all below, and in previous posts.
Chicago Public Schools' personnel chief steps down Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Public Schools' top personnel officer has resigned from her position and will leave her job in the coming weeks, district officials said Wednesday. Alicia Winckler joined CPS in 2009, when it was led by chief executive Ron Huberman and former ...
Chicago quietly ditches plans for a Barack Obama High School New York Daily News: Chicago will not name a high school after President Obama, as previously announced. Two sources confirmed to The Daily News that the Chicago Board of Education has quietly decided to not go ahead with plans for the name of a new so-called selective ...
Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach HP Herald: All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. The previous local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was unable to make a final decision on a principal candidate last school year and voted to leave the decision up to the new LSC.
Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets Chicago Sun-Times: This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.
Some Chicago Parents Say School Closures Created Problems EdWeek: After the closure of 49 schools in 2013, some Chicago Public Schools' parents say they are concerned about classroom overcrowding and $50 million in district budget cuts this year.
CPS Principals Say Schools Are Filthy Chicago Tonight | WTTW: The smell of sour milk, dusty lockers and bookshelves, and overflowing garbage cans—these are just a few of the complaints from principals in Chicago Public Schools who say the private company managing custodial services in their schools are not getting ...
Boy brought gun to school because he was being bullied CLTV: A 12-year-old Chicago Public School student is in some big trouble for bringing a handgun to school Monday. It all happened at Shmid Elementary on the South Side. Police are still working on where the child got the gun.
Nearly 1 in 5 Columbus Schools Qualify for Overhauls Under Parent-Trigger Law EdWeek: Three years after Ohio enacted a limited "parent trigger" law, nearly one-fifth of Columbus schools now qualify for major leadership overhauls if parents choose to initiate them.
Nearly 70 city charter schools covered by suit seeking facility funds ChalkbeatNY: Most of the nearly 200 charter schools that opened under Mayor Michael Bloomberg received free space in city-owned buildings. But 68 charter schools, serving 25,000 students, operate in private buildings and spend, according to one tally, an extra $2,300 for every student on facilities.
School district police stock up free military gear AP: School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles....
What's Happening At East Ramapo? WNYC: Governor Cuomo has appointed a fiscal monitor, there's a district lawsuit over special education funding, and public school buildings have been sold.
What’s next *if* Deasy is out? Speculation abounds LA School Report: The seven-member elected school board, often split between Deasy supporters and Deasy critics, could deem his performance over the last year “unsatisfactory” at a his annual review slated for next month, automatically preventing his contract from rolling over into a new year. Or Deasy could choose to quit.
TFA Founder Voices Skepticism of Edtech EdSurge: Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and Teach for All, is skeptical about the potential of technology as a cure-all in education. At a NationSwell Council event on September 12, she described her visit to Microsoft’s School of the Future in Philadelphia.
PARENTS & TEACHERS
How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher NPR: Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.
Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference WNYC: The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.
School Held Ring Until Mom Paid for Summer School NBC News: An Ohio mom's diamond ring is held by the local school district, until she can pay her son's summer school tuition in full, and he could move into the 8th grade.
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