Happy Wednesday. Today's a Board meeting day, and the big announcement seems to be that Hancock HS is going to become selective. In other news, CTU is selling a Gold Coast apartment tower it owns (who knew?), CPS enrollment is now below 400K (final numbers are in), and Catalyst wonders whether the Mayor's preschool plan is good enough. All that plus national news and news from other cities is below the fold.
CPS plans elite status for high school on Southwest Side Tribune: The Chicago Board of Education is expected on Wednesday to approve a plan to make Hancock College Prep High School in the 2015-16 school year the city's 11th selective-enrollment high school.
Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school
Chicago Sun-Times: Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday atChicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral ...
Teachers union selling Gold Coast apartment tower Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago landlord Robert Buford, who owns more than 3,000 apartments on Chicago's North Side, is adding 224 more by buying a Gold Coast tower from the Chicago Teachers Union.
Chicago Teachers Union Interim President Chicago Tonight: With both a gubernatorial and mayoral election pending, the Chicago Teachers Union is also prepping for contract negotiations with the city, while President Karen Lewis is out fighting brain cancer. Interim President Jesse Sharkey,
Jury still out on Emanuel preschool expansion plans Catalyst: Unlike any Chicago mayor before him, Rahm Emanuel has made the expansion of quality early childhood education programs a focal point of his agenda. He lengthened the official kindergarten school day, centralized the preschool application process, diverted some city revenue to make up for a loss in...
CPS enrollment dips below 400,000 for first time in years Sun Times: CPS-run schools lost about 5,000 elementary students and about 2,000 high school students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.
Mayor Emanuel, Education and Community Leaders Launch Funding Campaign ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today announced a transformative $38 million arts education funding campaign...
All Teachers at Chicago School Sent to Sensitivity Training Because One Might ... National Review Online: Chicago Public Schools is sending all teachers at Medgar Evers Elementary to sensitivity training because one teacher may have called students stupid during recess.
Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines LA Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools.
Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over KPCC: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in Los Angeles Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed and the effort should shift to expanding it to more kids.
Baker, Coakley to Face off in Gubernatorial Debate AP: GOP's Baker, Democrat Coakley face each other in debate in race for Massachusetts governor
Schools Face Fears of Ebola, Drop in Attendance Texas Tribune: Fear over possible exposure to Ebola has triggered campus closures in some Texas school districts and additional safety measures at many more in the almost three weeks since a Dallas hospital diagnosed the first case of Ebola in the United States.
Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds NYT: With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money.
Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing Hechinger Report: Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride.
New York City Council to Look at School Segregation NYT: Though the Council has very limited power over public schools, the bill’s sponsors say they do have the ability to increase the volume of the conversation.
New York Schools Chancellor Replaces 8 Superintendents NYT: The major personnel reshuffling was the first since Chancellor Carmen Fariña took over in January.
Why Patrick Henry High is the perfect school to host Michelle Obama MinnPost: There are any number of reasons why Henry deserves the spotlight, including academic indicators that have earned it the state’s “reward” label — designating it as a school where students are able to achieve despite a 90 percent poverty rate.