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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...

School Breakfast Slower/More Controversial In NY, LA

School Breakfast Slower/More Controversial In NY, LA
School breakfasts for low income students -- especially those proposed by unpopular district leaders and provided in student classrooms -- can be controversial, even though it's not that new.  (The newer thing is school dinner.) One place school breakfast hasn't been especially controversial has been Chicago. Yep, Chicago, where pretty much anything and everything is disputed these days...

So Long, "District 299 Reader"

So Long, "District 299 Reader"
Starting sometime soon in the new year -- probably Friday or Monday - I'm going to switch this site's comments over to the Facebook format that most other sites on ChicagoNow (and other places) are using. Switching over means a lot of good things might happen -- like more comments from parents and students who live on Facebook and use their FB identities all the time -- plus just one obvious downside which is and end to the generic anonymous "District299 Reader" identity that some of you have used (and abused) for years...
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Neighborhood High Schools Vs. SEs

Neighborhood High Schools Vs. SEs
Two weeks until Christmas, but the big deadline is Friday for magnets and selective high schools. Meanwhile, Catalyst has a big story about the decline of neighborhood high schools and how to help them. Today's education news also includes more coverage of the UChicago college graduation report that came out yesterday, plus some ideas about how to increase the college graduation rate.  Nationally, the White House is touting preschool expansion -- remember when Illinois was a leader in this? -- and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is blaming teachers unions for police-on-black youth violence. ...

Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes

Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes
Today's news roundup: School funding bill not likely to get decided until January, reports AP. Is CTU still opposed to Common Core, asks Second City Teacher?  CPS is changing its new rating system -- again -- reports Catalyst. CTU poll suggests a runoff for Mayor. Shuttered Mulligan Elementary suffered a fire. Nationally, fewer than half of students will perform well on the new Common Core assessments, according to projections...

A Selective HS For The SW Side?

A Selective HS For The SW Side?
The big news of the last 24 hours is that CPS is planning to make the SW Side's Hancock High School into a selective enrollment school.  City Hall and CPS present this as a big win, while others (see Catalyst coverage) question the move.  The Sun-Times story has some teacher reactions (on camera -- see video), and there's also reference to a SIG grant the school received that might have helped. As to the notion that there shouldn't even be SE schools, Ray Salazar (who teaches at Hancock) has this response: "I'll stop the fight for a Selective Enrollment high in this part of the city when Jones, Payton, Young, and Northside are options for all students in this city."  What do you think should happen, or will happen -- and how will it all turn out...
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Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters

Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters
Karen Lewis' media tour continues. PURE's Julie Woestehoff has moved on.  Jackie Robinson West kids mostly attend magnet and charter schools. South and West Side violence has deep effects on those who experience the trauma. CPS won't delay high school start times despite what pediatricians say. The Tribune finds some of Urban Prep's grads but can't find out how well the class of 2010 has done. Five rounds of testing in a suburban kindergarten is too much, says a teacher. Also -- how's it going for charter school teachers and parents so far...

Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?

Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?
WBEZ's follow-up choice story is out -- this time focusing on the decline in kids attending neighborhood magnet schools.  What do you think -- is choice bad, or are neighborhood schools not worth saving? Plus more from Catalyst about truancy, news about state troopers coming to Chicago to help improve safety, school-level news (ChiArts, Canter, Englewood), and some trash talking from CTU president Karen Lewis (who has apparently blocked me)...

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids
Today's news roundup include information about the pension deposit SNAFU, more about Quinn's union endorsements, a bit of followup on the Simeon program cuts. We already knew that "Chicagoland" included staged scenes, but now we find out that one of the students featured in the documentary  was shot and wounded. There was an NPR segment about the "you don't know us" letter written by some Chicago students, and lots of recommendations from the big truancy report. Thanks for all the comments over the weekend -- even the crazy ones...
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Did You Feel Safe This Year?

Did You Feel Safe This Year?
So it was the safest year ever, according to CPS statistics -- but CTU and others say that the numbers are off.  Who do you think is right?  Plus a new budget from CPS, and funding for Rahm's new Super PAC. Also: I'm off tomorrow and part of next week.  Have a great (and safe) Fourth Of July Weekend...