Measles Are Here - Check Your School's Vaccination Rate

Measles Are Here - Check Your School's Vaccination Rate

The measles have come to Chicago -- do you know the vaccination rate at your school? (You can look it up see below.) Also: another mayoral debate (but Rahm's poll numbers are inching up). Rauner proposed lifting the charter cap, reports Catalyst.  Ray Elementary doesn't want a full-day pre-kindergarten (yet), reports the Hyde Park Herald. Plus school board elections in LA (plus a visit from AFT head Randi Weingaraten), and House Democrats hold their own NCLB hearing in DC. 

MEASLES

Five children at Chicago-area day care diagnosed with measles WBEZ: Public health officials say students, staff and faculty at the facility have been notified and anyone who hasn't been vaccinated for measles has been instructed to stay away from unvaccinated individuals for the next three weeks. [Look up your school's rate here.]

See also Texas Tribune: See Vaccine Exemptions by School District, AP: A Look at Some Vaccine-Related Legislation in Several States, HuffPost: These States Don't Require Vaccinations For Home-School Students, FiveThirtyEight: Much Of The World Is Better At Giving Their Kids Measles Vaccines Than The U.S., The Atlantic: Schools May Solve The Anti-Vaccine Parenting Deadlock.

MAYORAL DEBATE

Mayoral debate: Rivals close in on Rahm over school closings Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking News: "Barbara Byrd-Bennett and I worked together with [Board of Education Vice President] Jesse Ruiz to make sure kids went to a better school,” Emanuel said in his own defense. “

Challengers target Mayor Emanuel's political fundraising in latest debate Tribune: Rahm Emanuel's fundraising prowess became the focus of the fourth forum of Chicago's mayoral campaign Thursday night as his challengers accused him of using pay-to-play politics to amass more than $30 million during his city political career.

Third mayoral debate: Emanuel's $30 million fundraising machine branded as ...
Chicago Sun-Times: He asked Garcia how he could represent Chicago taxpayers in negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union when he is backed and bankrolled by the CTU and was coaxed into the race by the union's ailing President Karen Lewis.

Emanuel Makes Slight Gain In New Mayoral Election Poll Chicagoist: The percentage of undecided voters is still large and disconcerting.

SCHOOLS

Lifting charter cap Catalyst: Rauner singled out a Roseland parent who sends her children to charters because they “offer longer school days, enhanced learning opportunities and variety for her kids.” The current statewide cap stands at 120 schools, including 75 in Chicago, some of which are replicating charters. The cap has been raised multiple times since 2003.

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now Hyde Park Herald: The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.”

NCLB

House Democrats discuss updates to ‘No Child Left Behind’ law PBS NewsHour: They crowded into a small Capitol Hill hearing room Thursday for their own forum on changing the law in protest of Republicans’ handling of the issue. Votes on a GOP bill are anticipated soon. See also PK12: House Democrats Hold Their Own Session on Rewriting the NCLB Law.

U.S. Department of Education Remakes School Improvement Grant Program PK12: Under the regs, states that want to cook up their own turnaround interventions for low-performing schools using federal SIG dollars and submit them to the U.S. Secretary of Education for approval will need at least one rigorous study to back up their approach.

NATIONAL

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America NYT: The group has warned school districts and charter school chains that the size of its corps of teachers this fall could be down by as much as a quarter.

The Education of Jeb Bush National Journal: GOP presidential hopeful has question for post-industrial America: "Can we shed a skin and renew ourselves?"

Federal Student-Data-Privacy Legislation to Be Introduced Education Week News: Proposed student-data-privacy legislation being championed by President Barack Obama is being readied for introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives, perhaps as soon as the end of this month.

OTHER PLACES

LAUSD school board candidates face off in debate KPCC: In a debate Thursday night featuring candidates for the Los Angeles Unified's school board District 5 seat, differences emerged on issues such as charter schools, testing and the problem-plagued student data system known as MiSiS. See also LA School Report: AFT president Weingarten visits town to give LA teachers a boost.

How Controversial Online Charter Schools Push Aside Their Opponents BuzzFeed: Thanks to a mysterious legislative mandate tacked onto the state budget, North Carolina will now be home to two new experiments in online schooling.

Inside the Bilingual Classroom WNYC: New York City is expanding dual language programs to attract more and different kinds of families to schools. Most are in Spanish but there are plenty of other languages too.

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Teachers NPR: In our 50 Great Teachers project, we're telling stories of great teachers. Here are some from our own lives.

2nd Connecticut boarding school sued over sex abuse claims AP: Another exclusive Connecticut boarding school is being sued over sexual-abuse allegations dating back three decades....

 

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