Two weeks until Christmas, but the big deadline is Friday for magnets and selective high schools. Meanwhile, Catalyst has a big story about the decline of neighborhood high schools and how to help them. Today's education news also includes more coverage of the UChicago college graduation report that came out yesterday, plus some ideas about how to increase the college graduation rate. Nationally, the White House is touting preschool expansion -- remember when Illinois was a leader in this? -- and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is blaming teachers unions for police-on-black youth violence.
MAGNETS VS NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS
Losing students, neighborhood high schools caught in downward spiral Catalyst: As schools lose students, they receive less money and must cut back the very features that could help attract and keep students-- counselors, honors classes, elective courses and extracurricular programs--and become shells of what they once were.
CPS Application Deadline for Magnets, Top High Schools Looms Friday DNA Info:Parents seeking to get their children into kindergarten in a magnet school or into a gifted program in the fall, as well as eighth-graders applying to one of the city's 11 selective-enrollment high schools, all face a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday to get in their applications. Selective-enrollment elementary schools and high-school military and International Baccalaureate programs also have the same deadline. See also CPS Obsessed.
Why Have Poor Neighborhoods Grown So Much in the Last 40 Years? Chicago Magazine: Areas of Chicago that have been chronically poor for the past 40 years have declined rapidly in population, but the number of people living in poor neighborhoods has simultaneously increased.
A referendum on Rahm The Economist: He then further alienated Chicago's Teachers Union by pushing for more charter schools, which are publicly funded but independently run.
Aldermen testing the water before taking the plunge with Rahm Sun Times: When Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially launched his re-election campaign at a West Side film studio last weekend, fewer than one-third of Chicago aldermen were on hand to show their support. “Don’t read too much into that,” cautioned Ald. Joe Moore (49th), who was one of the 14 counted in attendance.
CTU HOD Meeting Dec. Second City Teacher: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis addressed her first House of Delegates meeting Wednesday December 3. A loud resounding roar of applause met her entry and exit as she looked quite frail and half the vibrant fiery union leader who lead the first city teachers strike in over 20 years.
How to get more Chicago kids through college Chicago Sun-Times: Just 6.5 percent of Chicago Public Schools students were making it to college graduation, the Sun-Times reported, citing a study by the University of Chicago.
More CPS grads are getting college diplomas, though racial gaps persist Catalyst: A new Consortium on Chicago School Research study shows that more CPS graduates are earning college degrees but that degree attainment among black boys is still in the single digits.
CPS students take on 'Hour of Code' WBEZ: “We’re going to get started,” Ciurla says. “Now remember, all over the world, at this very hour, at this very moment, there are other kids doing the same exact thing; they are also learning to code because it’s a pretty important thing, especially nowadays.”
The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy HuffPost: The president is set to announce which states and communities are receiving some $750 million in federal grants for the expansion and improvement of early childhood education programs. He's also expected to say that corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have committed over $330 million in support of the cause.
Obama announcing $1B for early childhood education AP: The president will join a daylong summit convening at the White House on Wednesday to announce the investment in early learning programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — especially those in lower-income communities. Nationwide, 28 percent of America's 4-year-olds were enrolled in a state-funded preschool program last year.
Why math might be the secret to school success NPR: Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years. See also ABC News, The Hill,
A Battle Expected Over School Spending In Montgomery County WAMU: A budget battle is brewing between the Montgomery County school system and the county council.
On Verge Of Being Closed, D.C. Charter School Fights Back WAMU: A D.C. public charter school on the verge of being closed is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students — a request that's rarely granted in the fast-churning world of charter schools.
State’s first charter school in disarray Seattle Times: Since it opened in September, the state’s first charter school has lost its special-education coordinator, principal, board president and half the rest of its board. By Wednesday, it must prove to a state board that it can solve problems in four major areas.
LAUSD board orders Supt. Cortines to analyze misconduct incidents LA Times: In the wake of the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, the Los Angeles school district will analyze past incidents of misconduct to determine how to better safeguard students in the future.
Union: Absentee Homeowners Should Help NYC Schools WNYC: The union proposed that absentee owners pay a 1.1 percent tax on the value of their property, if their buildings received special tax abatements. It estimates this would raise $900 million in new revenues, based on roughly 90,000 absentee-owner units with an average market value of $1.5 million each. See also ChalkbeatNY
Defying Ban, Students March to Brooklyn in Protest of Eric Garner Decision NYT: About 70 students from an East Village high school and some parents crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to present a petition to the United States attorney’s office.