No New Charters Next Year - Sort Of

No New Charters Next Year - Sort Of

Big news of the day -- though its impact is uncertain -- is that CPS won't be approving new charter applications this year.  But as Catalyst and others point out, that doesn't mean that new charters already approved won't open in August 2015.  What do you think? Meanwhile, charter school advocates in NYC rallied against lack of choices in the Bronx and Brooklyn, the Denver curriculum fight continues, and Deasy may be out in LA (finally?).


CPS won't consider new charter proposals this year Catalyst:  In addition, as many as five charter schools—the Concept school in Chatham, two UNO schools, one Learn school and an Aspira High School--that were originally slated to open in Fall of 2014 have asked the district if they could delay the opening. It is unclear what their plans are now.

CPS won't approve any more charters to open in 2015 Chicago Sun-Times: For the first time in years — and during a mayoral re-election race the president of the Chicago Teachers Union might join — Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday they are not planning to recommend any new charter schools to open in 2015.

CPS not taking proposals for new charter schools Chicago Tribune:  Public Schools will not be taking proposals for any additional charter schools for the 2015-16 school year, a district spokesman said Thursday.

CPS hints it may fill buildings with more than one school Chicago Sun-Times: State law mandates October 1 as the annual deadline for publishing draft guidelines; CPS CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett's recommendations for the actions themselves must be published by December 1.


Run, Karen, Run! The Nation: For as the mayor was channeling one black woman, he was desperately trying to neutralize the challenge of another.

Good luck finding that pot of gold Chicago Sun-Times: Among the many ideas the Chicago Teachers Union have come up with over the years to save big money or generate gobs of new revenue for our cash-strapped city, a favorite involves what they like to call “toxic” interest-rate swaps deals.

Teachers' Union Money Talks Dropout Nation: In Chicago, the compulsory dues that the AFT's Chicago Teachers Union deducts from paychecks amount to $1,060 per teacher a year, several hundred dollars more than go to Illinois and national combined.


Cutting higher ed costs for Chicago’s disadvantaged students PBS NewsHour: Two separate pushes were announced today in Chicago aimed at improving access to higher education among lower-income students. The moves, announced separately, will eliminate costs at one of the nation’s most elite universities and at the city’s community colleges.

A new path to college for CPS students Chicago Tribune: Rahm Emanuel answers questions pertaining to the new Chicago Star Scholarship program for Chicago Public High School students at a press conference announcement in the Cultural Center.


Charter School Backers Rally, Hoping to Influence de Blasio’s Policies NYT: Demonstrators filled Foley Square to highlight what they said was a crisis of quality in New York City public schools. See also WNYCChalkbeatNY.

In Dallas Schools, Fear of Possible Ebola Exposure NYT: Parents and schoolchildren wrestled with their fears after learning that five school-age children had had contact with a man who is ill with Ebola.

School Board Wants Civil Disorder Deemphasized. Students Walk Out. NPR: For two weeks the Colorado high school students have been protesting an official's proposal that the AP history curriculum promote patriotism and free-market economics, and not condone civil disorder. See also PBS NewsHour

John Deasy's future Los Angeles Times (editorial page): At least two more, Steve Zimmer and board President Richard Vladovic, are independent thinkers who could be persuaded to support him more often.


Will weak teacher training ruin the Common Core? Hechinger Report: The institute is designed to get educators ready to teach the new and contentious Common Core State Standards, which will be tested in dozens of states, including Massachusetts, for the first time this school year. Around 10 a.m., about 30 teachers file into a large, too-cold hall for a session on teaching and testing the sorts of complex, multistep math problems emphasized by the Common Core.

When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating NPR: The case has brought national attention to the issue, raising questions about whether the pressures to improve scores have driven a few educators to fudge the numbers, but also about broader consequences. The trial has also raised an interesting racial dynamic. Atlanta is a majority-black city.



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  • In relation to not opening new charters. One reason very well may be the total decline in student population in CPS. While there may be wait lists at some charter schools for new admissions, there are also grade levels where their are unfilled seats at certain charter schools I would guess. Families are leaving in some cases not just CPS traditional schools but the district as a whole.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Declining enrollment didn't stop them before. The reason for not opening any charter schools is because it is an election year pure and simple.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I don't know that the Mayor would lose votes by opening addition charter schools, but I do know it might produce protests and for sure the Mayor would rather not face those optics right now.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Exactly what does that mean?!, "I don't know that the Mayor would lose votes…protests…and the mayor would rather not face those optics right now"?

    Protests would very likely cause him to lose votes…and if charters 'might produce protests', then opening charters would most likely cost him votes

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The opposite could happen - the protests could solidify support for the mayor. I was at a gathering of mostly senior citizens over the weekend and the anti cps teacher/union talk was strong. "Impossible to fire" was the sentiment even though teachers nowadays are fairly easy to fire due to sub par performance. The public doesn't know that and seniors do vote unlike many other demographic subsets. I also heard a lot of support for Rauner expressed with "I've never voted Republican before." It will be an an interesting election indeed.

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