What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?

What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?

Enrollment is down over all, which we already knew but IB, STEM, and alternative schools are on the rise, says Catalyst, and NW Side schools remain overcrowded according to DNA Info. What do you make of that? Meantime, CPS reiterated its desire to delay a new test (but was already told no).  And the first of the closed buildings (Peabody) is being sold, along with the CPS headquarters. In These Times has a profile of CTU's Jesse Sharkey. EdWeek notes that teachers unions and reform organizations sometimes support Republican candidates and even support the same candidates in midterm races that are projected to generate record political spending.  

ENROLLMENTS

Enrollment data reveal trends for neighborhood schools, charter schools Catalyst: Officials pointed out that the steep 3,800 drop in the student population wasn’t the most dramatic in recent years:  Four times during the past decade enrollment has fallen more sharply, by 5,000-plus students. A Catalyst Chicago analysis of the data reveal some important enrollment trends: IB, STEM impact; Alternatives up, some charters down.

Northwest Side Schools Remain Some of the City's Most Crowded, Data Shows DNA Info: Taft High School remains the most crowded high school in the city.

TESTING

CPS says it wants delay for new test, but was already denied in July Catalyst:  CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett asked ISBE for the delay in a letter in June and, in July, ISBE sent back a letter denying her request. What’s more, the Department of Education does not decide which tests districts should use, so it is unclear what Byrd-Bennett would request from them. She told the board she wanted “concurrence from the federal government by Thanksgiving.” Federal officials referred questions to the state department.

CPS Looks to Replace Midterm Testing Chicago Tonight: Today, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she'd be requesting the state allow the district to continue with a pilot study of PARCC, before fully implementing it district-wide. “I firmly believe in tests, I actually do,” Byrd-Bennett said.

CPS asks feds for delay on new standardized test Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday that she'll ask the federal government to delay the rollout of a new and controversial state exam for grade school students this spring.

CPS wants to delay new standardized test; state already said 'No' Chicago Sun-Times: And yet Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday that she still wants to delay the PARCC, which long has been scheduled to replace the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and Prairie State.

See the Sun Times' liveblog from yesterday's meeting here:  CPS Board meeting considering dropping enrollment, selling HQ

UNIONS

Karen Lewis’ Replacement at the CTU Has a Message for Rahm Emanuel In These Times: Though Sharkey doesn’t yet have much of a relationship with Mayor Emanuel, if his gutsy 2012 debate with Emanuel ally, venture capitalist and current Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is any indication—in which Sharkey blasts Rauner’s anti-union, corporate education reform agenda—Rahm’s life is not about to get any easier when it comes to dealing with the new head of the CTU.

Education-Focused Campaign Spending Crosses Party Lines PK12: In Illinois, teachers' unions gave more than $775,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Kirk Dillard. Dillard, an ALEC member, ended up losing a close primary to Bruce Rauner, a businessman and newcomer to politics.

SCHOOLS

Protesters Claim CPS Ignored Lead Paint For 5 Years At Rogers Park School CBS Local:  Members of the Chicago Light Brigade protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters, claiming the district took five years to begin cleaning up lead-based paint contamination at Gale Elementary Community Academy.

CPS sells first shut-down school Chicago Tribune: Children walk past the school zone speed limit sign outside Peabody Elementary School, 1444 W. Augusta Blvd.,

NATION

Early Voting Kicks Off In Maryland As Candidates Spar On Schools WAMU: As the statewide races build toward a climax, Marylanders looking to vote before Election Day can cast their ballots starting Thursday morning at locations throughout the state.

Obama Administration Clarifies Anti-Bullying Protections For Students With Disabilities HuffPost:   This week, Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon sent a letter with new legal guidance to the nation's public schools in an effort to clarify that federal anti-bullying protections extend to about 750,000 more students than schools think.

OTHER CITIES

Don’t believe everything you hear about the New Orleans charter revolution Hechinger/Lens: As public school students settle into the school year, they can’t seem to shake off a bit of inaccurate national attention: The belief that New Orleans has the country’s first all-charter school system. That’s wrong on two counts. The city still has a handful of traditional public schools, and the array of more than 70 charter schools can hardly be called a system, though that’s beginning to change.

Immigrants’ School Cases Spur Enrollment Review in New York NYT: Officials will determine whether districts have discouraged undocumented immigrant children through rigid enrollment requirements.

New Orleans public school teacher evaluation results, 2014 NOLA.com: The Louisiana Education Department released teacher evaluation results Wednesday. New Orleans results were below the state average. 7 percent of teachers were considered ineffective and 21 percent highly effective.

How One District School Is Tackling English Language Learning WAMU: Teaching students for whom English is a second language can be a challenge, but a specialized program at Cardozo Education Campus is making it work.

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