No real news on Karen Lewis' health other than that she's still in the hospital. LSCs are 25 years old (should we keep them another 25 years?). Oriole Park is crowded. The kidney donor has to move from Evanston or lose his job. Nationally, there are education issues on state ballots in 11 states and Baltimore unions and administrators are moving to process teacher misconduct cases more quickly.
Emanuel fleshes out pre-election plan for expanded preschool Chicago Sun-Times: “Early childhood education helps create a strong foundation that benefits students throughout their entire education,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was quoted as saying.
Karen Lewis' health scare puts mayoral contest in flux Chicago Sun-Times: It would apply to women, too, of course, even strong-willed teachers union presidents gearing up for a campaign for mayor. CTU President Karen Lewis' hospitalization for as-yet unspecified health concerns continued to reverberate Tuesday.
CTU: Karen Lewis being evaluated at hospital Chicago Tribune: Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Monday that “the mayor wishes Karen well, and that she makes a full and speedy recovery.” Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the Chicago Public Schools, said district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett “is keeping Karen in ...
Chicago Teachers Union mum about Lewis' health scare Chicago Sun-Times: For the second straight day, the Chicago Teachers Union refused to spell out the health crisis that landed its president Karen Lewis in the hospital. “Nothing yet,” CTU spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin wrote in a text message to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Emanuel allies block elected school board question from city ballot Chicago Tribune: Ald. Joe Moore, 49th, at a City Council meeting last year, is pushing a nonbinding referendum question that would ask Chicago voters to weigh in on employers being required to offer paid sick leave.
Chicago's Local School Councils 'Experiment' Endures 25 Years of Change EdWeek: Chicago's experiment in local democracy was not completely unique. But the Windy City's school governance model was unusually strong because it gave local parent-majority boards the power to hire and fire their school principals.
In Chicago Public Schools classrooms, 36 is a crowd Chicago Reader: Just so you know, Oriole Park is one of the bright lights in the Chicago Public Schools constellation—a high-scoring neighborhood school whose student body is largely made up of the children of cops, firefighters, and teachers.
Foreign language push features new state credential Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools expects to announce its plans for the biliteracy effort next month, spokesman Joel Hood said. DuPage's Glenbard Township High School District 87 plans to participate, said spokeswoman Peg Mannion.
Schools move to protect athletes, but they don't provide trainers Chicago Tribune: When Georgia public high schools were asked five years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high heat and humidity, one school's proposal stood out: It pledged to scale back workouts when the heat index reached 140.
Kidney donor’s CPS job in jeopardy – again CLTV: A man who generously donated his kidney to a grocery store clerk in 2010 nearly lost his job as a social worker after Chicago Public Schools realized he lived in Evanston. He thought he had been given a waiver when CPS decided he could keep his job. But now a different CEO at CPS says “rules are rules.” He either has to move to Chicago or lose his job.
Education Measures on Ballot in 11 States EdWeek: The initiatives could have a significant impact on school funding, class sizes, the use of technology, and teacher evaluation and tenure systems. Voters in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, and New York will see proposals that would increase funding for public schools paid for through a new tax or bond.
Ed. Dept. Churn Brings New Faces to Key Initiatives PK12: We're closing in on the twilight of the Obama administration and, at this point, many of the folks originally in charge of major initiatives, including Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind Act waivers, and School Improvement Grants, have left the building—literally.
Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes Seattle Times: A new agreement among the state's public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington's high-school exams.
How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground NYT: Inside the Obama administration’s standoff with Republicans, the food industry and the nation’s lunch ladies over the future of the cafeteria.
With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help NYT: My son’s school seemed to see him as a bad child, not a child with needs the school could help to address.
Study: New York preschool push benefits wealthier families first WPost: The push to provide universal preschool to the city’s 4-year-olds has so far disproportionately benefited children from middle- and upper-income families, according to a report released Wednesday that the mayor’s office is disputing. See also WNYC.
Union president addresses Baltimore County school board about length of time for misconduct investigations Baltimore Sun: The head of the Baltimore County school administrators union said the majority of misconduct cases against administrators can "be resolved more expeditiously."
California Prep School Shaken by Arrests of Headmaster and Woman, 21, on Drug Charges NYT: Thomas Woodrow Price, headmaster of Branson School in Marin County, Calif., was found with heroine, cocaine and enough methamphetamine for the pair to be accused of possession of that drug for sale.