Little League Boundaries, Garcia TV Ads, Schools' Low Vaccination Rates

Little League Boundaries, Garcia TV Ads, Schools' Low Vaccination Rates

Today's big education stories are the arrival of Chuy Garcia's TV ads against Rahm Emanuel, the punishment levied against Jackie Robinson West Little League team,  and a DNA Info story about which CPS schools have the lowest vaccination rates. Plus national news -- the House education committee passed an NCLB rewrite yesterday -- and news from other places (like Louisiana, where districts are trying to opt out of the Common Core assessments, too). Check it all about below, or find me on Twitter @district299).


Challenger Garcia airs first TV ad, hits Emanuel on crime, tax breaks Tribune: With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Chicago mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is airing his first TV ads.

PAC Monies Second City Teacher: The leadership asked the teacher delegates in January to okay an extra $1.5 million from the general operating funds to fund political races, and communications as well as the fight to preserve the teachers' pensions.

An Ode to the Appointed Chicago School Board Members Gapers Block: Chicago will get an elected school board in the near future. Those of you on the school board are just essentially clinging to the "good ole days" when you could do what you want and not be under scrutiny.

Public employee unions under fire again Politico: The most aggressive moves are coming from Illinois’ newly inaugurated Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. But some Democrats have lately put public-employee unions in the hot seat too.


Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League title WBEZ: In a stunning Wednesday announcement that came months after the all-black team, whose ages ranged from 11 to 13 years, captured the attention of the country and the hearts of its hometown, the baseball organization said it also found that after the league had changed the boundaries, some team officials went to surrounding leagues to convince them to go along with what they'd done. See also Crain's: Karen Lewis rips JRW decisionChicago Magazine. Tribune: Politicians stand by Jackie Robinson West players


Does my high school crush like me back? Lincoln Park teen builds an app for that Chicago Tribune: In November, Lurye and his partners incorporated their Junior Economic Club of Chicago as a non-profit and made plans to open it to students across the city.

11th case of measles confirmed in Cook County WGN: Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman Amy Poore confirmed Wednesday the most recent case involves an infant associated with KinderCare in suburban Palatine. Officials say eight other infants and one adult from the day care have also been diagnosed. The adult is not an employee. A student at a suburban Chicago community college has also been diagnosed with measles.

The Chicago Schools With The Worst Vaccination Rates DNAinfo: The state and Chicago Public Schools require 90 percent of all students at a school to be compliant with immunization rules. CPS said the schools that were under that rate in the fall are now in compliance.


Chicago-style grit needed to get through school Chicago Sun-Times:
Kirsten Bray is all smiles during her graduation ceremony last June. She planned to attend Spelman College. Approximately 130 students who were former dropouts and attended Prologue, Inc. Alternative Schools, graduated.

Graduation Rates Rise; Gap Between Black and White Males Grows, Report Says District Dossier: A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.

Investigation into alleged inappropriate relationship between substitute teacher and student: Chicago police are now investigating an alleged inappropriate relationship between a substitute teacher and a student at the Black Elementary School, 9101 South Euclid Avenue. Area South detectives are handling the ongoing investigation.


Data Security Gaps in an Industry Student Privacy Pledge NYT: On the eve of a congressional hearing to explore the use of new technology in classrooms nationwide, a software engineer has found significant gaps in an industry effort to bolster student data security and privacy.

Schools Are Using Classroom Coaches To Keep Up With The Common Core EdSource via Huffington Post: A survey by EdSource of six California districts -- Garden Grove Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Whittier Union High School District, Visalia Unified, Oakland Unified and San Jose Unified -- showed that all are relying on coaches as they move forward to implement the Common Core.

Threat of mass testing opt-outs looms over schools SI&A Cabinet Report: Ongoing protest over Common Core testing has 14 Louisiana schools asking for penalty waivers which would keep the state from holding them accountable if parents decide to remove their children from teEdsting next month.

Texas, feds on collision course over No Child Left Behind Act Austin American-Statesman: Education Commissioner Michael Williams said on Wednesday that he will not enforce an educator evaluation system, which means the state could lose its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


Report Faults Charter School Rules on Discipline of Students NYT:  A children’s advocacy group found that most New York City charter schools have disciplinary codes that do not meet either state or federal requirements.

Education Is Newest Target of Kansas Budget Cuts NYT: For Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, the budget headaches have continued: January receipts fell short of predictions, and Mr. Brownback has responded by cutting funding for public schools and higher education.

Wanted: A Few Good Parent Candidates WNYC: New York City parents interested in seeking an elected office now have their chance. Candidates can submit applications for the 36 local councils.

Superintendent search firm hired in Montgomery Washington Post:Montgomery County launched a national search for a new schools chief Tuesday, hiring an outside firm to coordinate the effort one week after officials announced Superintendent Joshua P. Starr would be stepping down.

Charter board could close school amid allegations that leader diverted money Washington Post: They were called “Kent’s kids,” scores of inner-city teens in the 1980s who found structure and mentoring from Kent Amos, a corporate executive-turned-community activist who offered study sessions and family meals in his Northwest home.

Study: Washington teachers rank high in commitment to their work Seattle Times: Washington teachers are more committed to teaching than their peers in the nation's 15 biggest states, a recent Gallup poll suggests.

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