CPS Teacher Candidates, Closed Schools Near Ferguson

CPS Teacher Candidates, Closed Schools Near Ferguson

The non-indictment in Ferguson resulted in some violence and lots of school closures. At least two CPS teachers are running for alderman, according to Progress IL. Catalyst writes up the latest UC study of teacher evaluation experiences. Nationally, the USDE has restored the NCLB waiver for the state of Oklahoma, and LAUSD is asking questions about John Deasy's 100,000 miles of travel last year.

FERGUSON

Protesters take to Chicago streets after Ferguson grand jury decision CLTV: Protesters are heading back to the streets of Chicago this morning, after last night’s grand jury decision was announced in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

The other injustice in Ferguson: Schools are closed Quartz: The list of closures affects schools that are rich and poor, black and white, emblematic of districts that are more segregated today than before Brown vs. Board of Education.

POLITICS

Aldermanic Hopefuls Challenging Mitts, O'Connor File Nominating Petitions Progress IL: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher Tara Stamps, daughter of late Chicago community activist Marion Stamps, submitted over 2,100 signatures this afternoon to get on the ballot to challenge Mitts. Another CPS teacher, Dianne Daleiden, is a 40th Ward aldermanic hopeful. Daleiden, a member of West Andersonville Neighbors Together, filed 1,587 petition signatures today to get on the ballot to challenge O'Connor.

Nine Candidates File To Challenge Mayor Emanuel CBS Local: Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who has been endorsed by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. “I believe the city is not headed in the right direction. We've heard from people all over the city of Chicago, and the fact that we ...

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayor race Chicago Sun-Times: When Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis announced she would have to bow out of an Emanuel challenge due to a cancerous brain tumor, union support went behind Garcia's candidacy. “We're very proud of the hundreds of volunteers...

Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board Chicago Sun-Times: Voters could soon get to say if they think Chicago Public Schools should have an elected school board — a potential rebuke to nearly 20 years of mayoral control of the city's school system. A coalition of progressive groups and organized labor said Sunday ...

Teacher evaluation study Catalyst: While most teachers still agree that the new CPS evaluation system will lead to better teaching and improved learning, there’s been an overall decrease in satisfaction with the system, a new study finds. In addition, nearly four out of five teachers say the new system has increased their stress and anxiety levels, with the majority saying the process takes more effort than it’s worth.

NATIONAL

Oklahoma: Education Waiver Is Restored for State NYT: The Department of Education announced Monday that Oklahoma — which lost its No Child Left Behind waiver after repealing Common Core — would have its waiver reinstated. See also WPostPK12.

N.J. High School Cancels Midterm and Final Exams WSJ: In a move likely to make many New Jersey teenagers jealous, Glen Ridge High School has scrapped its midterm and final exams.

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom NPR: Art imitates life for Chris Pearce — English teacher by day, comic artist by night. Inspired by his students, the material practically writes itself.

Tools Of The Trade: The Presidential Physical Fitness Test NPR: For many, the now-retired national fitness test evokes dread. A timed mile run, pull-ups, curl-ups, a shuttle run and the V-sit. All for a small blue patch.

OTHER CITIES

Before LAUSD travel ban, former superintendent flew 100k miles last year KPCC: Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy traveled more than 100,000 miles last school year, equivalent to circling the globe four times, according to a KPCC analysis of credit card records.

Debate Brews Over After-School Programs: Tutoring vs. Playing WNYC: Fort Greene Prep is part of New York City’s expansion of free after-school programs for middle school students. The city doubled the number of middle schools providing after-school programs this year, serving an additional 31,000 children — or more than 75,000 of the roughly 225,000 students in its public middle schools.

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