CPS Reverses Dyett Decision

CPS Reverses Dyett Decision

Wow -- Dyett is going to come back in some form, CPS announced Friday. I have to say I didn't think that was going to happen.  It's apparently going to re-open as a neighborhood high school (not a charter), after a year of planning. Read all about it, and about a Thursday night debate over last year's closings that was moderated by Catalyst's Linda Lenz and apparently got heated (for education).  Need more?  The California superintendent's race has already generated $23M in campaign spending, and there was a shooting at a high school near Seattle on Friday.

DYETT LIVES!

CPS reverses course, says Dyett to reopen in 2016 as neighborhood high school Catalyst: CPS officials made the surprise announcement Friday that they want proposals for a new, open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at Dyett High, the Washington Park school that is in the last year of being phased out.

A second chance for Dyett? RFP to be issued Hyde Park Herald: “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a written statement.

Under pressure from community, CPS wants new Dyett HS Chicago Sun-Times: Requests will be accepted through April; district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made it clear that charter schools need not apply, though contract school providers may. “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett ...

Dyett To House New Open-Enrollment School, but It Won't be a Charter: CPS DNAinfo: ... Rumors had swirled that a charter run by Little Black Pearl was going to move into the site, but officials denied that, and CPS said in a statement Friday that charter proposals will not be accepted for the Dyett site.

South Side high school could get new life after advocacy Chicago Tribune: "Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site, and we look forward to working with the community to develop a new high-quality option for students living in the neighborhood," CPS chief Barbara Byrd...

CLOSINGS DEBATE

Heated debate about last year's school closings Catalyst: Catalyst publisher Linda Lenz moderated a heated panel discussion on Thursday about the impacts of last year's massive school closings.

At school closing panel, board acknowledges more planning needed Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of theschool board members who voted to shutter 50...

CODING

Should Schools Mandate Computer-Coding Classes? National Journal: Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools will include an introductory computer-science class in every high school.

Why Chicago is mandating coding education CNNMoney: Emanuel first announced the city's five-year plan for computer science education last December. In three years, Chicago public high schools will require a foundational computer science course in order to graduate.

Drones used to capture high school football action Chicago Tribune: South Elgin: High School has been using a camera-equipped drone to record football practices and games this season. "It's everything we were looking for as a teaching tool for our kids,” coach Patrik Pistorio said.

MISC

Andrew Broy: Chicago's charter public schools prove what is possible for our ...Twin Cities Daily Planet: The newly released report on Chicago charter school performance by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity fails to provide accurate information at a critical time for public schools in Chicago.

Emanuel's 2015 city budget plan poses problem with Chicago Teachers Union The Columbiachronicle: Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the 2015 $8.9 billion budget, which is set to balance the city's finances without implementing new property, sales or gas taxes for the fourth consecutive year, on Oct. 15.

NATIONAL NEWS

App details state superintendent race spending EdSource Today: With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the race for California state superintendent of public instruction has been fueled by a combined $23 million in total campaign spending for incumbent Tom Torlakson and candidate Marshall Tuck.

Teacher Is Praised for Her Intervention in Washington School Shooting NYT: Details have begun to emerge about the attack, especially on the role of a young teacher many students are calling a hero. See also NBC News: Shooting Eyewitness: '3 or 4 People Fell at the Same Table'; WBEZ: 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting.

OTHER PLACES

The Ad Campaign: Cuomo, With a Daughter’s Help, Tweaks His Education Image NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Education” television ad appears to be a response to criticism from his opponent, Rob Astorino, of his support for the Common Core standards.

L.A. Unified students could take iPads home soon LA Times: Los Angeles Unified students could take school-issued iPads home as soon as next month under a new plan that officials say has dealt with security concerns.

In D.C.’s erratic schools landscape, families debate how hands-on next mayor should be Washington Post: Carla Ferris can name the moment that local elections in the District changed from background noise on the radio to something personal: the day she enrolled her daughter in school. Before that, she said, “I really couldn’t have told you much, if anything, about politics in D.C.”

The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Mei-Ling Uliasz NPR: The second installation of our Secret Lives series continues with a profile of a second-grade teacher with a passion for making "upcycled" jewelry.

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant NPR: A stray bullet took 5-year-old Kyle Romain's sight. His mother fears the violence in her neighborhood will continue: "There's no hope. These little boys are just trigger-happy and gun-crazy."

An American School Immerses Itself in All Things Chinese NYT: At Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, most classes are taught in Mandarin, and students are near fluency by eighth grade.

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