Should Rauner Nix Common Core?

Should Rauner Nix Common Core?

A lot of conservatives and some liberals hate the Common Core -- CTU is dead set against it (though helping teachers get up to speed on it) -- so maybe they'll like it if Gov-elect Rauner pulls the plug on the new standards, as he appeared interested in doing at one point not too long ago.  But what about most of the rest of people in CPS -- would getting rid of Common Core be helpful at this point? Read all about Rauner and the rest of today's CPS-related news below, then tell us what you think Rauner should do.

COMMON CORE

Rauner runs risks moving from attack dog to pragmatist Tribune: If Rauner tries to pull the plug, as he appeared to suggest, he could anger education reformers who think the program is a solid way to improve education. If he doesn't, he risks the wrath of a conservative political base that expected him to do otherwise. via Klonksy

Why Bruce Rauner Won the Gold Coast and What It Means Chicago Magazine: The governor-elect did best in the 42nd and 43rd Wards—which aren't exactly Republican strongholds. But they are the turf of his friend the mayor.

'Pioneer Schools' give a peek at what CPS's longer school day will look like Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools principal Nancy Hanks prepares three binders that will be given to each teacher outlining Rahm Emanuel's signature...

Grades, before test scores, hold the secret to success Chicago Sun-Times: hat matters most for later academic success are middle-school grades and attendance, far more than test scores and demographic factors (race, poverty and the like), concluded the study of Chicago Public Schools fifth- through eleventh-graders.

First lady honors Chicago Shakespeare Theater Chicago Daily Herald: First lady Michelle Obama will present the award, which recognizes CPS Shakespeare!, an arts education and literacy partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

Leaving students behind: School funding formula widens gap between rich and ... The DePaulia Online: Such inequality is a concern with the Chicago Public Schools, where 85 percent of the student body comes from low-income families who could benefit most from a revised and more equitable funding structure.

Why More Schools Should Stock Emergency EpiPens TIME: The new study looked at emergency stocks of epinephrin in Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year for severe anaphylactic emergencies.

Ferguson protests provide CPS students passion for reading WLS-TV: The non-profit holds classes in several Chicago Public Schools that engage students around literature relevant to their lives. They are currently using a curriculum based on Ferguson.

Meeks' persistence, passion admirable Chicago Sun-Times: Meeks ended up taking busloads of Chicago Public Schools students to New Trier High School to visually demonstrate the inequities in education. But the $120 million, three-year plan never saw the light of day.

NATIONAL

Four L.A. school board members likely to face reelection challenges LA Times: A majority of the Los Angeles Board of Education is up for reelection this spring, and all four are likely to face challengers based on the election filing period that closed Saturday. See also LA School Report.

Hispanic students are making steady math progress Washington Post: Hispanic students have made significant gains on federal math tests during the past decade, and Hispanic public school students in major cities including Boston, Charlotte, Houston and the District have made some of the most consistent progress, according to a report released Monday.

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F NYT: Parents, students and school officials have joined a national protest of consequences of Common Core testing.

Common Core unscathed in California elections EdSource Today: The Common Core State Standards, the principal reform now underway in California schools, emerged unscathed from the state's fall electoral battles, including one of the most combative races for state superintendent of public instruction in decades.

Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher NPR: For our 50 Great Teachers series, a panel of experts shares thoughts on great teaching: past, present, and future.

OTHER CITIES

City Deal to Fix Two Struggling High Schools Includes Replacing Staff WNYC: Two Brooklyn high schools will begin reviewing all of their staff members to determine which ones will stay, while developing a longer school day for students, under a long-awaited intervention plan that was originally due in the summer.

After a Dip More NYC Teachers Get Tenure WNYC:  Roughly 60 percent of 4,662 eligible city teachers were approved for tenure this year. That's a little higher than last year's approval rate of 53 percent, but enough of a change to prompt debate about whether Mayor Bill de Blasio was tough enough on teachers.

Seattle Residents Choose To Raise Their Own Taxes To Subsidize Preschool, Increase Teacher Pay HuffPost: Seattle Proposition No. 1B will authorize a $58 million property-tax levy to fund a four-year pilot program of city-subsidized preschool on a sliding scale while raising academic standards and the pay of preschool teachers.

Death Toll Rises to 5 in School Shooting AP: Andrew Fryberg, 15, died of wounds sustained when his cousin, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, opened fire in the cafeteria two weeks ago.

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