Parent Reports Common Core Bullying At Blaine

Parent Reports Common Core Bullying At Blaine

The big education stories of the day seem to be the Jesse Jackson endorsement of Chuy Garcia, which could be signal the further major erosion of African-American support for Rahm (beyond how far it's already fallen), as well as the showdown over testing at places like Blaine, where some parents and union activists are pushing for opting out (and some parents are complaining as they did last year about being pressured). Citywide, testing seems to have gone fairly smoothly on the first day, according to the Sun-Times story.

TESTING

As Schools Begin Issuing New PARCC Test, Some Parents Want Kids To Opt Out CBS: Guzzardi says some parents feel making the kids do the opting out is just a way to coerce more kids into taking the nationwide standardized test. He says sampling may provide the answer to evaluating how schools are doing.

Calls for opt-out bill continue as Illinois starts PARCC test Sun-Times: No major snafus were reported in the city or on the state level, although Mollison and Morrill elementary schools had some minor glitches, district spokesman Bill McCaffrey said. Otherwise CPS reported a “smooth start to testing,” he said, “with the exception of some minor tech issues, such as popup blockers.”

NM's first PARCC test goes smoothly Albuquerque Journal: Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) was created by a consortium of states to measure knowledge of the Common Core standards

Common Core test debuts in Oregon, prompting stepped-up teaching, fears it will be too hard  OregonLive.com: Sixth grader Porter Stewart works on a writing assessment to help him prepare for the dauntingCommon Core test that will be given to 300,000...

RUNOFF

Jesse Jackson backs Garcia over Emanuel for Chicago mayor Tribune: Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia got the endorsement of the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday as both the challenger and Mayor Rahm Emanuel compete for the crucial African-American vote ahead of next month's runoff election.

With Jesse Jackson's Chuy Garcia Endorsement, Black Leaders Begin to Unite ... In These Times:  has come out strongly against Emanuel's policies in all of these areas, and has the backing of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union and its president Karen Lewis. However, longstanding tensions and distrust between the city's black and Latino ...

MISC

Mom: Teen Daughter Vaccinated Without Her Consent CBS Local: A Chicago mother signed a consent form for her daughter to get a sports physical at school. Imagine her shock when her-16-year-old called to say she'd also been given four immunizations, including one for the sexually transmitted virus HPV.

Meet the companies that profit when CPS students drop out WBEZ: One year ago, a small contingent of some of Chicago’s most powerful education officials flew to Arizona for a conference of education investors, hosted by Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo's investment firm Global Silicon Valley Advisors. The keynote speaker: Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson.

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids NPR: A new book and study both show that the ability to rise from poverty to the middle class truly is shrinking. A child without married, educated parents starts life at a huge and worsening disadvantage.

OTHER CITIES

Education interests to pour money into Democratic primary Philly.com:  AFT president Randi Weingarten, asked whether her union will make independent expenditures to influence the Philadelphia mayor's race, said she was "deeply concerned" about the state of schools here.

Chiefs for Change Announces New Focus on Big Cities, John White as New Leader State EdWatch: Chiefs for Change says it wishes to focus more on building a bipartisan K-12 consensus with the backing of big-city superintendents, and is ending its affiliation with the Foundation for Excellence in Education

Rhode Island’s lively experiment with blended learning Hechinger Report: Being a pioneer is a high-risk endeavor. And it’s messy. After some flawed assumptions in its first year, Village Green has already made a number of changes to its physical layout, class schedule and staffing.

Recruiting More Minority Teachers Could Do Wonders For Minority Students, Study Says HuffPost:  Being taught by a nonwhite teacher doesn't negatively affect white students' success, but Egalite said it is linked to higher test scores for nonwhite students.

The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love NPR: NPR Ed is celebrating 50 Great Teachers. Today: The story of a young algebra teacher in Oklahoma oil country, who has taken an unorthodox approach to classroom math.

Unequal shelves in D.C. school libraries benefit wealthier students Washington Post: Lafayette Elementary School, in upper Northwest, has one of the largest library collections in the District’s public school system, with more than 28,000 books filling stacks on two floors. Drew Elementary, 12 miles away and east of the Anacostia River, has one of the city’s smallest inventories: 300 catalogued books lining shelves along two of the library’s walls.

Report: Half Of D.C. High School Students Are Chronically Truant WAMU:  In D.C. public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school.

Math Love, Game-Based Learning, And More From NPR Ed At #SXSWEdu NPR: We'll be among the teachers, edupreneurs and innovators in Austin.

Homeless Vet Returns Lost Championship Ring To Columbine Shooting Survivor Over A Decade Later AP: A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre who lost his championship football ring more than a decade ago got it back after an improbable discovery by a homeless veteran in California.

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