Long-lived nonprofit PURE is attempting a 2015 reboot by going back to its parent training roots and hiring an acting director (Steve Ross). Do you think it will work? Meantime, Springfield lawmakers are apparently going to debate the state funding formula (again). A car hit a South Side CPS crossing guard. CTU is celebrating MLK Day with a big event. When's that first mayoral debate? Plus national news and education updates from other cities.
Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback? Hyde Park Herald: Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. Ross said many changes will be made at PURE. “We are going back to our core values, which is parent and training,” Ross said. “We’ll be less on the watchdog side.”
School funding back on blackboard; senator says current method archaic IL Statehouse News: An effort to rewrite the state’s school funding formula is back on the General Assembly’s blackboard for 2015. State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, on Wednesday said his bill to do that will be in the legislative hopper before the week is out.The bill is similar to his funding reform act that made it out of the Senate in 2014 but died in the House.
Emanuel Announces Partnership to Give Students at CPS School College Credit NBC Chicago: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a partnership Tuesday between the Illinois Institute of Technology, Exelon Corporation and a Chicago Public School.
45th Ward Candidates Propose Participatory Budget Changes DNA Info: Two candidates trying to unseat Ald. John Arena (45th) in the Feb. 24 election said they would make major changes to the process that allows residents to decide how to spend the ward's $1.3 million discretionary budget.
CPS was correct to close schools during extreme cold Chicago Tribune: A recent commentary writer penned that so few students in Chicago Public Schools walk toschool anymore, thus schools should remain open during sub-zero cold snaps as they have in the past...
Crossing guard seriously injured in hit-and-run on Far South Side CLTV: Police are still looking for the driver who hit and injured a school crossing-guard on the city’s Far South Side. It happened Monday at about 4 p.m. near 127th and Union. Police say children were crossing the street when the 27-year-old woman was hit.
CTU to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at breakfast MyFox Chicago: The Chicago Teacher's Union will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a breakfast event Thursday morning. The event is set to take place at 9 a.m. at the Kroc Center on the city's South Side.
The 25 best-run public high schools in Illinois Reboot IL: A high ranking means both students and parents view their school’s administration favorably, and that the institution “offers a safe environment that is trusting of students, and the school has effective policies for bullying, safety and discipline.” As you’ll notice, a reoccurring theme in Niche’s rankings for Illinois is the location of these schools, the majority of which are situated in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs — where property taxes typically are the highest in the state.
Democrats Voice Concerns, Stakeholders Have Mixed Reactions to NCLB Draft PK12: Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate education committee, who will be Alexander's sparring partner during the reauthorization process, said Wednesday that she was disappointed in several policies that were included in the draft and by one that wasn't.
AFT backs annual testing, with an asterisk Washington Post: As debate rages in Washington about whether a new K-12 federal education law should continue to require annual testing in math and reading, the nation’s second-largest teachers union has staked out a hybrid position. See also TeacherBeat.
President Obama's Student-Data-Privacy Proposal Gets Wary Industry Reaction Education Week News: Companies that provide educational technology will carefully watch the unfolding of President Obama's proposal for a new Student Digital Privacy Act, and closely scrutinize the release of recommended "terms of service" guidance from the U.S. Department
TEACHERS & TENURE
Plaintiffs Urge Judge to Let Case Against Teacher Tenure Proceed WNYC: An ambitious lawsuit challenging teacher tenure in New York got its first full hearing, as two groups of parents claimed job protections make it too difficult to remove bad teachers. See also ChalkbeatNY.
Anaheim parents move to force school reforms EdSource Today: A group of parents in the Anaheim City School District on Wednesday submitted petitions to force reforms at their children’s struggling elementary school – changes that may include turning the school into a charter. See also EdWeek.
A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools NPR: Will choice and competition really improve academic quality? A new study out of New Orleans complicates the picture.
LAUSD asks to postpone student test scores, so what's next? KPCC: LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and the school board expressed concerns that district students haven't had enough time to prepare. Students would take the tests on new tablets and laptops, and officials worry that they haven't sufficiently practiced on the new devices.
Transportation, Education Could Be Big Sticking Points For Hogan's Budget WAMU: Funding for large transportation projects — such as the Purple Line — and for large school districts are among Democrats' concerns as the new GOP governor prepares his fiscal plan.