Today's school news includes coverage of the Board meeting (schools need nurses, protesters want an elected board), more news about the flu bug (has it hit your school yet?), and a new IB program for Pulaski (finally!). Second City Teacher complains about the media coverage of education (Substance is down?). Elsewhere, the Minneapolis superintendent suddenly resigned earlier this week, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker softened his opposition to the Common Core being used in his state. Check it all out below, or find me at @district299 all day.
Emanuel opponents to continue push for elected school board Tribune: Opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago Teachers Union and other groups are trying to keep the spotlight on their call for an elected school board with a Wednesday morning news conference. They will also call on the mayor's hand-picked school board to end costly school borrowing deals.
Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board Chicago Sun-Times: Protesters gathered outside Chicago Public Schools new Loop headquarters Wednesday to demand an elected school board.
CPS school for special-needs kids needs full-time nurse, alderman says Chicago Tribune: District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she was working on the issue with administrators at Beard, and that other schools have similar concerns. "I do want you to know that we're on to it."
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Teacher home visits transform learning Chicago Sun-Times: Lillian Degand is a long-time Chicago Public Schools elementary school teacher. She currently works at Greeley Elementary and the Ogden International School of Chicago.
Influenza walloping schools in South, Midwest USA Today: With Christmas break tantalizingly close, flu-bitten students and teachers across the USA are limping into the holiday season.
Bucktown's Pulaski School Gets IB Program After Four-Year Effort DNA Info: A Bucktown elementary school has become one of just seven elementary schools within the Chicago Public Schools system to offer an International Baccalaureate curriculum for students as young as preschool, a draw some parents believe has attracted more young families.
Illinois schools with the most students who meet expectations Reboot IL: We looked at the 25 biggest school districts in the state (across all grade levels) and then picked out the school within each district that is doing the best, or, in other words, had the highest percentage of students who meet or exceed expectations.
Special event examines the fallout from CPS’s 2013 school closings Examiner: In addition to screening the film by Media Process Group, Kartemquin, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, Kindling Group, and Free Spirit Media, the University of Chicago Logan Center will sponsor a free discussion moderated by Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times at 6:30 p.m. on January 22, 2015.
Media Matters Second City Teacher: We educators can read Catalyst which also features good reporting on the Chicago Public Schools. But then we run into problems. The Chicago Tribune writes an editorial lauding the closing of 50 public schools. The Sun Times runs a feature about how well charter schools perform while failing to mention that public schools outperform charters. Unfortunately, Substance has not been up and running lately due to technical difficulties. Heck, even our city's alternative paper The Reader has been bought out by the very corporate people who bought the Sun Times and have close ties to mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Walker says he wants schools to have Common Core choice AP: Gov. Scott Walker is backing off his call for the Legislature to repeal Common Core academic standards, saying he simply wants to insure there is no mandate they be used.
Cuomo: High teacher scores 'not real' Capital New York: Teachers’ high scores under the state’s mandatory performance rating system show that it is “an evaluation system in name” and “doesn’t reflect reality,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday at a Capitol press conference.
Cuomo: 'Safety net' won't fix teacher rating system Capital New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested he won't sign a "safety net" bill that would shield educators from consequences of the rough rollout of the Common Core standards in New York, citing new teacher-evaluation data released on Tuesday.
GOP gives feds' college rating plan an F Politico: The goal is to yank funds from schools that fail to meet on federal requirements.
Mayor De Blasio's Charter School Dilemma WNYC: The state-mandated deadline for the city to respond is the end of December. The city has repeatedly declined to tell WNYC how many charters are seeking space in public school buildings but at least two others were rejected this fall.
Minneapolis Superintendent Abruptly Resigns District Dossier: The Minneapolis school board approved Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's resignation late Tuesday, paving the way for her to leave the 34,000-student district. See also MinnPost, MinnCAN
For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session Texas Tribune: When Texas lawmakers come back to Austin in January, there will be a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.
New Tennessee Chief Has Deep Teacher-Preparation Background Teacher Beat: Candice McQueen has won plaudits for her work leading Lipscomb University's teacher-preparation efforts. See also Tennessean.