Today's education-related news: Karen Lewis was at a recent Chuy Garcia speech. Protesters are proposing a hybrid CPS School Board. CTU delegates reversed the union leadership on a Bridgeport endorsement. A CPS student was asked to attend the President's State Of The Union speech last night -- and now wants to play hoops with Obama. There was a knife fight at Bond Elementary and several people were injured. Elsewhere, Google has finally signed onto the student data privacy pledge, and NY governor Andrew Cuomo is doing battle against the state teachers union. It's all below -- and more throughout the day at @district299 or on Facebook.
Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia vows: 'This race will be a real race' for mayor Chicago Sun-Times: Among those watching Garcia's remarks was Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who withdrew from mayoral contention because of health concerns.
Injecting a little democracy into Chicago's schools Chicago Sun-Times: Toward that end, we support a switch from an appointed school board to a “hybrid” board, one that would include a majority of members appointed by the mayor — as has been the practice since 1995 — but also members who are elected.
Aldermanic endorsements Catalyst: Instead, delegates proposed and voted to endorse one of Daley’s opponents, Maureen Sullivan. Some frustrated delagates compared the process to the November endorsement of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor.
Teen cut, 3 others wounded in Bond Elementary School fight Chicago Tribune: Officers responded to a fight at Bond School after school had dismissed and determined that the 50-yr-old CPS security guard the two children had suffered injuries, according to Police News Affairs.
Boy, 13, Among Four Injured in Fight Involving Knife at Englewood School DNAinfo: Upon arrival, officers found a Chicago Public Schools security guard, who had been stabbed by a girl, he said. A boy, 13, and a girl, 15, who intervened in the fight, also suffered from injuries, Zala said. And a school administrator suffered a head injury.
Chicago teen invited to Obama speech wants to shoot hoops with president Tribune: Malik Bryant, the Chicago teen who asked Santa for "safety" at Christmas and was invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address, has a new suit and a new ambition: to shoot hoops with President Barack Obama.
Who sat in the First Lady's State of the Union box? Vox: Malik Bryant (Chicago, IL) Thirteen-year-old Malik Bryant sent a letter to Santa over the holidays, but rather than request the usual gifts, Malik wrote: "All I ask for is for safety I just wanna be safe." The President wrote back to Malik, encouraging him and underscoring that Malik's "security is a priority for me in everything I do as president." Malik lives with his mother Keturah and his two sisters in a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He is in seventh grade, and his favorite subject is math.
SCHOOLS & SCHOOLPEOPLE
Andrew Jackson Principal Leaving for Administrative CPS Role DNAinfo: Mathew Ditto , the principal at Andrew Jackson Language Academy will leave the school this month for a different job in the Chicago Public Schools.
Boot camp-style schools teach code to career switchers The Star Online: A year ago, Peggy Fox was analysing grades and other data on student performance for Chicago Public Schools in a grant-funded position that was about to expire. Now Fox, 28, is a month out of a 19-week computer programming "boot camp" and is building .
Filmmakers and Researchers Team Up to Track Students of Closed Schools DNAinfo: Documentary filmmakers have teamed up with researchers at the University of Chicago to determine how students were affected by the closing of 49 schools in 2013.
State Of The Union Doesn't Mention No Child Left Behind Rewrite Efforts HuffPost: Obama mentioned few specifics about K-12 education, one of his administration's top priorities during his first term. Notably, the president mentioned not one word directly about one of his education secretary's priorities for 2015: rewriting the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush-era school accountability law. Obama also failed to mention the words teacher and testing. See also PK12, Washington Post, PBS NewsHour.
STUDENT DATA PRIVACY
After Initially Holding Out, Google Signs Student-Data-Privacy Pledge EdWeek: Any possibility that the pledge might have slipped from the public's attention vanished last week, when President Barack Obama publicly lauded the effort and urged more companies to get on board.
Cuomo’s Education Agenda Sets Battle Lines With Teachers’ Unions NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to seek changes to teacher evaluations and charter school limits, reforms that, uncharacteristically for a Democrat, will put him in conflict with the unions. See also ChalkbeatNY, WNYC.
Many school districts in state don't comply with teacher evaluation law LA Times: Major California school districts are failing to comply with a state law that requires them to evaluate teachers in part by how much their students have learned, according to a study released Wednesday.
Florida District Fires National Superintendent of the Year Finalist District Dossier: The Hillsborough County, Fla., school board has ousted veteran schools chief MaryEllen Elia, triggering a $1.1 million buyout of her contract.
The reality of life and death intersect for students at two Oakland schools PBS NewsHour: Some students may find such a realistic simulation cause for nervous laughter, but Jorge Ruiz, 17, and his classmates are serious, listening and watching closely as Boykin and a colleague push a plastic infant through the mannequin’s “birth canal” and out onto a gurney.
Parents, Educators, Anti-Testing Critics Attend 'Opt-Out' Conference EdWeek: Critics of high-stakes standardized testing are gathering for a national conference this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.