Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup

Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup

Today's school news includes more about the Englewood shooting of a student, flu outbreaks in CPS and elsewhere, union lawsuit against pension reform, and new efforts at teaching kids and adults to code.  National education news includes coverage of Jeb Bush's presidential aspirations and new ratings of teachers in New York showing the vast majority perform well. 

Englewood student’s fatal shooting reinforces fears of parents, classmates Tribune:  The Saturday slaying of Demario Bailey, a 15-year-old on his way to basketball practice, has Englewood residents fearful of walking the streets.

Flu hitting early, often at area schools Chicago Tribune: Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park canceled two days of classes last week after about one-quarter of the student body became sick with flu-like symptoms. Chicago Public Schools said a few schools have seen increases in student absences for the flu. See also WLS

Boot camp-style schools teach code to career switchers RedEye Chicago: A year ago, Peggy Fox was analyzing grades and other data on student performance for Chicago Public Schools in a grant-funded position that was about to expire.

Chicago mayor's commission unveils plan for a safer Chicago WBEZ: The recommendations include adding eight "peace rooms" in Chicago Public schools for conflict resolution and connecting families with counseling.

Emanuel rakes in $533000 more with campaign donor limits off Chicago Tribune: The teachers federation had promised CTU President Karen Lewis $1 million for a mayoral run, before she decided not to run after having to undergo emergency surgery for a brain tumor. Lewis and the CTU have since endorsed Garcia.

Unions sue to stop Chicago pension overhaul Chicago Sun-Times: On Tuesday, Jones was one of a dozen current and former city employees named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city, along with four unions that represent them: AFSCME Council 31, the Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Nurses Association and ...

Tiny Old Town School Has Big Ambitions for 'Quirky' Kids DNAinfo: Metropolitan Schoolhouse has grown to 16 students in its second year in Old Town.

Chicago Public Schools: Closed Beachwood Reporter: S short documentary that follows Rousemary Vega, a parent turned activist, through the maze of hearings and protests that preceded the largest school closings in American history.

CPS has a new inspector general Chicago Sun-Times: ... Nick Schuler has dedicated himself to ensuring integrity in Chicago Public Schools by conducting thorough investigations into allegations of waste,...


Jeb Bush's Entry Into Presidential Contest Would Put K-12 Front and Center PK12: Bush doesn't see eye-to-eye with many of the more conservative members of his party on what's arguably the biggest K-12 political issue of the day, the common core standards. See also PoliticoFiveThirtyEightVox.

New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System NYT: The system was created to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired. See also WNYCChalkbeatNY.

NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored ProPublica: Pete Grannis, New York State's First Deputy Comptroller, contacted ProPublica after reading our story last week.The arrangements can limit the ability of auditors and charter-school regulators to follow how public money is spent – especially when the firms refuse to divulge financial details when asked.

Pakistan School: Devastation Where 148 Were Slain AP: Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest. A three-day official mourning period started Wednesday, a day after seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school in the city of Peshawar.


Making Pre-K Teachers Better through Coaching WNYC: Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 pre-k teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended Washington Post: The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' NPR: Called "restorative justice" this school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.

Thousands Of American Schools Are In Need Of These Basic Materials HuffPost: DonorsChoose is an online charity where teachers can request funding for student supplies from individuals connected with the site. The nonprofit, which has reached over 13 million students since its inception in 2000, recently provided The Huffington Post with data about what teachers are requesting for their classrooms and where these schools are located.


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