Today's education news includes reactions to the City Hall announcement making college more affordable for CPS students, as well as to the "no new charters" news from last week (Sun Times editorial page says "smart move"). Meantime, folks are figuring out more about the Hancock HS change. Elsewhere, Philadelphia is struggling as much or more than CPS, and NYC teachers are airing their own ads defending the schools' accomplishments.
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A new path to college for CPS students Chicago Tribune: Yet only about 8 in 100 CPS high school freshmen earn a bachelor's degree by their mid-20s. On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges officials announced a bid to jolt Chicago out of that record of failure.
City Colleges Scholarship To Cost $2 Million Progress IL: The costs associated for the effort breaks down to about $11,000 per student earning a two-year degree, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 additional students are expected enter into the system using the scholarship during the first year.
Chicago District Puts Hold on Approving New Charter Schools This Fall District Dossier: Some speculate the decision to put off new proposals this fall is related to next year's mayoral election.
Smart move on charters Chicago Sun-Times: The math on charter schools finally seems to have added up for Chicago Public Schools officials. Or perhaps it was just the political reality of a mayoral campaign, given that anti-charter fever is running high.
HANCOCK HIGH SCHOOL
Chicago Public Schools students react to Selective Enrollment press release Ray Salazar: Today's teachable moment, inspired by the Chicago Public Schools' decision Wednesday to make Hancock College Prep High School and Selective Enrollment & Career and Technical Education school, involved my journalism students.
Hancock High happy to get programs, but community asks why Chicago Sun-Times: Spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in an email that CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett decided to change the school “at the request of the community and local elected officials, and after CPS officials evaluated options for the Southwest Side.”
Sneed: Cash Piling Up for Rahm Chicago Sun-Times: Further translation: Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Rahm's only serious declared mayoral opponent — and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Rahm's unofficial challenger, appear to lag way behind, based on their most recent fund-raising filings.
Opinion: Karen Lewis Wants Participation, Not a Job NBC Chicago: Judging from the latest installment of “Conversations with Karen,” Chicago Teachers Union president and potential mayoral candidate Karen Lewis wants nothing to do with that.
12 sick CPS students taken to hospital WGN-TV: “Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health are investigating an incident of students becoming ill at Marquette School of Excellence today.
Most districts slam door on 'Bring Your Parents to School Day' Chicago Tribune: Monday is Illinois' first official "Bring Your Parents to School Day," but many school districts aren't participating in the new state law.
When Catholic schools vanish, things fall apart Chicago Sun-Times: Looking at school closures and beat-level policing statistics inChicago from 1984 to 1994, Brinig and Garnett find that the shuttering of a neighborhood Catholic school is “strongly predictive” of an increase in crime and disorder.
City Approves $13.46 Million Contract For Walter Payton College Prep Annex DNA Info: The board approved a $13.46 million contract to Paschen Milhouse Joint Venture III for the project, which will add 11 classrooms to the selective enrollment high school at 1034 N. Wells Street. The contract was approved earlier this week.
In Washington State, Political Stand Puts Schools in a Bind NYT: The state refuses to base teacher evaluations on student scores, which triggers an outdated standard: that every student be proficient in reading and math.
California, other states to set test cutoff scores EdSource Today: During the next few weeks California educators will play a pivotal role in a crucial phase of work for the new Smarter Balanced assessments California students will take this spring: setting the cutoff scores that will indicate how well a student is performing.
The Education Battle of 2014 On The Media: Conservatives in Colorado and elsewhere are alarmed by the College Board’s new Advanced Placement US history test, which the Republican National Committee has called a “radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation's history.” See also PBS NewsHour
Tony Bennett Talks Lady Gaga, Arts in the Schools, Secret to His Success ABC EdNews: Tony Bennett, who made history this week by becoming the oldest artist with a No. 1 album, said he has a secret to his success. One, he said, most may not believe.
New TV ad from UFT presents rosier view of public schools ChalkbeatNY: After a week where charter school advocates highlighted the public school system’s failures, the United Federation of Teachers is taking a rosier view in a new television ad.
Tuck, Torlakson debate union power, lawsuit EdSource Today: Marshall Tuck and Tom Torlakson, the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, disagreed on the condition of education in California, the influence of teachers unions and who is best qualified for the job during a recent debate.
L.A. Unified reports big rise in its graduation rate LA Times: The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday reported a huge rise in its graduation rate, but left out the students most at risk of not making it to commencement ceremonies.
Philadelphia schools crippled by budget crisis PBS NewsHour It’s a tough time to be a student, a teacher or a parent in the Philadelphia public schools. The nation’s eighth largest school system is experiencing a severe budget crisis. Special correspondent for education John Tulenko of Learning Matters looks at the impact hitting the classroom and what’s being done about it.
Change in Admissions Rules Muddles NYC Middle School Search WNYC: There are 48 competitive middle schools and programs that used test scores as the main criteria in their admissions. But they are among the best neighborhood schools in the city, and competition is fierce.
Abuse Cases at 2 Schools, With Technology at the Root NYT: Recent cases in New Jersey and Brooklyn highlight how online communications have blurred boundaries between students and teachers. See also SchoolBook
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