CPS Reconsidering Testing Boycott*

CPS Reconsidering Testing Boycott*

The big news of the day is that CPS is reconsidering its Common Core testing boycott -- apparently because of threatened federal funding losses (or maybe because Rahm's campaign is going better?). Common Core testing begins in Ohio this week. Also:  A [DC area] parent wishes more white parents sent their kids to her son's school, and more about the Jackie Robinson West fiasco. [Original version said the parent was from CPS.]

COMMON CORE TESTING

Chicago Schools Reconsider Snub of PARCC Test Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials are reconsidering their snub of a new, mandatory state exam after being threatened with potentially crippling financial sanctions.

Some U46 parents wonder if new tests will be a waste of time Chicago Tribune: Designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, the new test is so controversial that the Chicago Public Schools ...

New Computerized Tests Debut This Week, Starting in Ohio AP: Her state on Tuesday will be the first to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the school year, about 12 million children in 29 states and the District of Columbia will take them, using computers or electronic tablets. See also: Statewide testing begins without proficiency mark SI&A Cabinet Report.

ELECTION

Emanuel closing in on majority he needs to avoid runoff, Tribune poll finds
Chicago Tribune: That could indicate continued confusion over whom to support following Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis' decision not to challenge Emanuel after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. See also: Education at Heart of Chicago Mayor's Race Politico, and Chicago Magazine: Can Rahm Emanuel Overcome His Weakness Among Hispanics.

Elected school board supporters take campaign to mayor's doorstep Chicago Sun-Times: Sherise McDaniel and Amy de la Fuente went door-to-door to give people information on an elected school board. Chicago Police turned them away ...

Complaint Alleges Ald. Moreno Opponent Didn't Properly Fill Out Ethics Form DNAinfo: Webber also has a 7-percent stake in an $80,000,000 facilities maintenance contract with Chicago Public Schools that ends in 2017...

The State Where Even Republicans Have a Problem With Busting Unions The Nation: Rauner critics such as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewisrefer to the newly-elected governor as “Walker on steroids,” while veteran Chicago political consultant and commentator Don Rose has described the Illinois Republican as “horrifically ... See also Crain's: Rauner and Illinois labor may both lose.

SCHOOLS, PARENTS, STUDENTS

Gentrification and Jackie Robinson West Little League: Was the playing field ever even? WBEZ: "Little league is such a suburban operation," Zirin began. "And the boundaries in the suburbs, by necessity, don’t only mean a greater number of kids who play baseball--but a greater number of fields, a greater number of community centers, a greater amount of infrastructure than cities could possibly hope to compete with." See also Deadspin.

What I wish for at my son's school: More white faces Chicago Tribune: My 12-year-old son, Satchel, said recently that there are only two white kids in his school. He had to be mistaken, I thought, so I looked into it. It turns out he was off, but not by much.

High Schoolers Pay Tribute To Chicago Gun Violence Victims Through Art ProgressIL: Nearly 200 pieces of student artwork honoring young people killed by gun violence in the city is being showcased at River North's Josef Glimer Gallery as part of the "Chicago Angels Project" exhibition, which had its opening reception Thursday evening. Progress Illinois was there for the event.

CPS substitute teacher accused of sending explicit texts to 14-year-old girl Chicago Tribune: Williams-Banks' LinkedIn page lists him as a math tutor for Chicago Public Schools since March 2014. Williams-Banks was charged with indecent solicitation of a child with the intention of predatory aggravated sexual assault, according to Chicago police.

NATIONAL

White House pushes back against GOP on funds for poor school children Washington Post: “The White House is using scare tactics and budget gimmicks to kill K-12 education reform, because they know a new law will lead to less control in the hands ofWashington bureaucrats and more control in the hands of parents and education leaders.” See also Politics K12: Title I Portability Sticky Wicket in NCLB Rewrite.

A federal judge just put the brakes on Obama’s immigration actions Vox: The ruling comes right before the administration was going to open up applications for immigrants older than 30 who came the US as children to apply for protection from deportation and work permits. It also affects a program that was supposed to open later this spring, for parents of US citizens and permanent residents.

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations AP: In Vermont, Democratic Rep. George Till says legislators will try this year to eliminate philosophical exemptions for students and require that teachers be up to date on the same vaccines students must receive. In Colorado, pro-vaccination groups have been pushing the Department of Human Services to require vaccinations for workers at child care facilities, another area with uneven employee immunization standards.

Gov. Christie Flip-Flops on Common Core WNYC: Governor Christie previously supported common core but now says he has "grave doubts" about the standards. NJ Spotlight's John Mooney explains what this means for education in NJ. See also EdWeek: Jeb Bush's 2005 Emails Show Thinking on Standards.

 

OTHER PLACES

Q&A: Exit Interview With A Nationally Known School Leader NPR: Three and a half years is the average tenure for large-district superintendents. Joshua Starr hit it on the nose.

Search underway for Montgomery County schools superintendent Washington Post: The national search is on in Montgomery County for a new superintendent to lead Maryland’s largest school system, a high-performing district in a place with growing poverty, great affluence, budget stress and parents known for many — and strong — opinions.

Standards Are at Stake in a Fight Over Schools in Arizona NYT: Officials in Arizona are battling over control of the Board of Education and the state’s schools, just one example of an increasingly fractious landscape of state education politics.

LAUSD election: high stakes in historically low-turnout contest KPCC: Despite what could be the most pivotal school election in years, turnout of eligible voters in past board balloting has been less than 20 percent, and there are few signs to suggest next month's contest will be any different.

New York City Schools Chief Outlines Discipline Changes That Scale Back Suspensions WNYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to reduce student suspensions by making it harder for principals to suspend students for lesser infractions, like being defiant or disrespectful.

Student Disciplined for Saying "God Bless America" At School NBC News: Florida High School disciplines student for saying "God Bless America," at the conclusion of the school's morning announcements. WTLV's Ken Amaro reports many in the community are upset with the punishment.

School Bus Driver Suffers Medical Duress, With Students Aboard NBC News: An out-of-control school bus is caught on dashcam by an Aitkin, County, Minnesota Deputy, weaving dangerously back and forth, as the driver suffer a medical emergency. Eventually the bus was stopped by police, with no injuries reported.

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