Today's news includes a few campaign updates, more about the Jackie Robinson West debacle (lawyers, CTU opportunism), and a report about what Louisiana is planning to do with districts that don't administer the Common Core assessment (give them zeroes). In better news, Louder Than A Bomb 2015 is coming, and the former CPS headquarters might be turned into a food truck(?).
Mayoral Candidates Court Chicago's Youth Vote At Forum Progress IL: The "Youth Speaks!" forum --attended by mayoral challengers Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and community activist William "Dock" Walls -- took place at the Chicago History Museum's Rubloff Auditorium, which was filled with more than 200 youths and people of voting-age. Chicago's two other mayoral candidates, incumbent Rahm Emanuel and businessman Willie Wilson, were invited, but did not attend.
Garcia releases LGBTQ agenda — to delight of activists disenchanted with Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: An LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in Chicago Public Schools and strong policies to prevent bullying against students based on their sexual orientation
Super PAC brings 'DC-style politics' to local ward races, but to what effect? WBEZ: Chicago Forward is the first political action committee created expressly to funnel unlimited contributions into Chicago municipal races. So far, it has raised roughly $2.6 million from fewer than 50 donors, as it seeks to influence the mayoral election and roughly 20 aldermanic races. But to some observers, the super PAC’s involvement in often sleepy ward races is a little like bringing a gun to a knife fight.
47th Ward Forum: Fiedler, Pawar Differ on TIF, Taxes, Role of Alderman DNAinfo: With more state funds available for education, Chicago Public Schools could increase its per-pupil spending, he said.
Jackie Robinson West hire attorney to investigate stripping of national title WGN: JRW director Bill Haley asked the city to stand by the team, but he answered no questions. The team’s attorney says they need to look at what exactly happened, before they consider a lawsuit. The lawyer says the team has not been told what specific rules were violated. The team was supposed to practice at a facility in Evergreen Park Thursday night. But that was canceled because of security concerns.
Gentrification Is the Real Scandal Surrounding Jackie Robinson West The Nation: “Mayor Rahm closed half a dozen schools in Jackie Robinson West’s part of the city, and tried to close the school, Marcus Garvey, where the founder of JRW—Joe Haley—worked. Then Chicago Public Schools cut funding for high school freshman sports, laid off a thousand teachers. CPS put forty kids in physical education classes and doesn’t even put a librarian in most of the school libraries in [the South Side district of] Auburn Gresham.”
La. Supt.: Zeroes for Schools Avoiding 'Core' Tests The Advocate: Tackling a bubbling controversy, state Superintendent of Education John White said Thursday that state and federal rules require Louisiana to proceed with plans to give Common Core tests next month. Schools and districts are set to get zeroes for students who avoid the tests.
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IL Among the Lowest Performing States For Free School Breakfast Participation Progress IL: According to the report, statewide in Illinois, more than 770,000 low-income children receive school lunches, and less than half of them participate in the breakfast program. [Does CPS participate?]
Louder Than A Bomb 2015: The 15th Annual Chicago Youth Poetry Festival WBEZ: The largest youth poetry festival in the world, Louder Than A Bomb--Power To The Poets, celebrates its 15th anniversary of giving students a global platform from which to share their stories.
America's Largest Black Boarding School Sends 97 Percent of Students to College National Journal: Crossley taught in the Chicago public schools and later held prominent jobs as chief counsel for the Democratic National Committee and as a senior adviser in the Office of Civil Right at the Education Department. He left the latter job last year and returned to Piney Woods to serve as the school's president—the first alum to lead the school. Now Crossley sits in the office that once belonged to Jones, the founder of Piney Woods, who passed away in 1975.
Food truck station, record shop on tap for historic former CPS HQ Crain's Chicago Business: Blue Star last week finalized purchase of the property last week, which most recently was the headquarters of Chicago Public Schools.
Univ. crime lab takes on youth violence The Chicago Maroon: The Chicago Public Schools system (CPS) has consistently recorded around 290 to 330 student victims of shootings per year, according to statistics...
Nation’s high school graduation rate ticks up for second year in a row Washington Post: The nation’s high school graduation rate ticked up for the second year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday showing that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years. See also PBS NewsHour, HuffPost, EdBeat.
Spat highlights jockeying among Clinton campaign surrogates Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: "At the end of the day, when we have a candidate that we nominate, Democrats will be together," saidRandi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers and a Priorities board member, adding that Brock had done "terrific work."
Funeral for Muslims Killed in Chapel Hill Draws Thousands NYT: “Please involve the F.B.I.,” Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, whose daughters and son-in-law were killed Tuesday in North Carolina, implored at a service.
San Francisco Superintendent Gets 27 Percent Pay Raise District Dossier: Meanwhile, school board members in the Fort Worth, Texas, and Ferguson, Mo., school districts make plans to hire new school chiefs.
Three U.S. teachers are finalists for $1 million prize USA Today: Three U.S. teachers are among the 10 finalists for the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
S. Philly HS 5 Yrs. Later: Stability Replaces Violence The Notebook: Roars came from within the lion costumes. Drumlines marched. Young and old mixed over traditional food, music, and games.
Pair Of D.C. Legislators Back Initiative To Support Black And Latino Boys WAMU: A pair of D.C. Council members say they back the school chancellor’s plan to provide more resources to minority male students. The proposal has been questioned by some for helping one group of students but not others. See also Washington Post.
Report: Discipline at Many Charter Schools Violates Students' Rights WNYC: Too many city charter schools have discipline policies that can expel or suspend a student for minor infractions, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a new report.
Prosecutors Rest Case in Atl. School Cheating Trial AJC: The judge in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial said he will think about requests to dismiss some charges against two of the 12 defendants.
Barnett to San Diego Unified: Apologize or Else VOSD: Because Barnett, as a former school board member, could have inside knowledge of discussions leading up to the sale, a court could find the deal was tainted, she argued. Donovan went further, saying the district should avoid even the appearance of impropriety in light of recent scandals that enveloped the Sweetwater and San Ysidro school districts.
Policy kicking out students with low grades comes under scrutiny KPCC: “Charter schools are exempt from most laws in the Education Code, but the laws that apply say they have to admit all students,” said ACLU lawyer Jessica Price, and they must “serve all students who wish to attend.”