Rauner, Garcia, Emmanuel, Byrd-Bennett

Rauner, Garcia, Emmanuel, Byrd-Bennett

Today's news: There's going to be no spring science test, says ISBE. Byrd-Bennett responds to "lost" CPS students -- sort of. Mayoral debate questions leaked -- to Garcia camp. An elected school board is a lousy idea, says Crain's Hinz. A defense of Grow Your Own (in Catalyst). Plus national news about the NCLB reauthorization and the mysterious departure of Montgomery County's Josh Starr. 

State science exams for 3 grades axed in spring testing Tribune: In the latest drama over school testing in Illinois, the longtime state science exams for fourth-, seventh- and 11th-graders have been cut from the lineup of spring exams — even though they're required by federal law.

Byrd-Bennett's 7 children 'lost' after 2013 school closings actually exceeded 100 Sun-Times: Byrd-Bennett ignored questions about her credibility and her motivation in writing the letter to the Sun-Times, which did not appear to respond to any particular news event or announcement.

Questions leaked before Chicago mayoral debate Tribune: The notes include questions for Garcia on how he could be expected to negotiate a new teachers contract in light of the support he has gotten from the Chicago Teachers Union. See also Sun-Times: Potential mayoral debate questions leaked to Garcia campaign.

Why electing the Chicago Board of Education is a lousy idea Crain's Chicago:The first election or two, there will be tons of public interest, and maybe some real democracy at work. But, eventually, an electorate that has to be pushed to turn out to vote for president will just yawn. That will leave the ultimate decision to the organized special interests that care and that have the muscle to deliver: ward bosses and, worse, the Chicago Teachers Union.

Rauner's First State Of The State Address Garners Mixed Reviews Progress IL: During his first State of the State address on Wednesday, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed raising the state's minimum wage to $10 over seven years, pushed his plan for right-to-work zones and vowed to keep his campaign promise to increase education funding. Progress Illinois provides highlights from Rauner's speech and rounds up reaction to his agenda for the state.

Chicago Public Schools Students at Hancock win Posse Scholarships Ray Salaar: Chicago Public Schools students Barbara Cruz, Tatyana Hornof, and Sergio Ruvalcaba can focus on their studies because all four years of their college tuition will be paid.  Sergio describes this program as more than just the money.  “Aside from money,” he says, “we get a support system.  We are not just team building for next eight months.  We are also getting into the academic side.  We’re getting mentors to give us an idea of what to expect.”  In the last five years, Hancock produced eleven Posse Scholars.

Growing your own teachers worth the wait Catalyst (oped): Grow Your Own Teachers helps low-income people of color who have the desire to become teachers earn a bachelor’s degree in Education—a goal that would otherwise be almost impossible for them to achieve. Yet a recent news article falls short by viewing the program as a conveyor belt, and failing to...


Not a lot of comity on the House education panel, members split on how to rewrite law Washington Post: Scott and other committee Democrats announced they are holding their own hearing on Thursday, calling it a “forum,” with witnesses. It is unclear if they are going to file dueling legislation, Levin said.

Education secretary visits Maryland for town hall meeting WBAL Baltimore:Secretary Arne Duncan said the meeting, in part, was organized to give parents, teachers and administrators a chance to share their concerns about the current education law, No Child Left Behind.

California Seeks NCLB Waiver From Feds Over Use of Test Scores PK12: State officials are essentially arguing that because the Smarter Balanced exam is new, AYP can't be calculated by comparing Smarter Balanced exams to student scores on prior tests.

Bush offers impassioned defense of his education record The Hill: Jeb Bush deviated from his prepared remarks at the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday to give an impassioned defense of his education reform record.


'No Illusions' For Starr As He Prepares To Leave Montgomery County Schools WAMU: The Maryland county's superintendent is leaving his job under public uncertainty about what conflicts led to the decision. See also Washington Post: Schools chief’s exit leaves many in Montgomery with questions.

Ed. Commissioner Gist Set to Leave R.I. to Lead Tulsa Schools State EdWatch: Deborah Gist has been Rhode Island's chief state school officer since 2009, and has overseen several significant changes to K-12 policy during her tenure.

Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core EdSource Today: To break down the isolation that many teachers experience in their classrooms, California schools are using instructional coaches as a key tool to help teachers adapt their instruction to implement the Common Core standards in math and English language arts.

Opt-out advocates get attention from city’s most powerful couple ChalkbeatNY: De Blasio and his schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña have stopped short of encouraging parents to opt their students out of the tests, and Fariña told state lawmakers on Tuesday that she supports the tests and their role as a challenge for students.

2 Students Hurt in Shooting Outside Maryland High School ABC News: Shooting outside Maryland high school basketball game wounds 2, sends people running for cover.

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