Posts in category "ISBE / Springfield"

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp
Today's news: House blocks union-backed charter school commission overhaul.  Critics slam CPS "accounting adjustment." Chicago Mag debunks falling crime stats.  Nationally: Anyone can try Common Core field tests now. GW Bush laments criticism of high standards for all kids. See it all below...

More Dough For Schools, District?

More Dough For Schools, District?
Today's news: CPS increases per-student funding (sort of). Funding equity bill advances in Springfield.  As does pension reform (will Quinn sign it)? Turnaround opponents keep up the heat. Jose Rico returns to join United Way.  Nationally: Gallup poll finds stressed teachers.  Officials unsure why PA student went on knife rampage...

Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield

Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield
Wednesday's news includes coverage of the charter school rally yesterday (can they pull off what NY charter advocates pulled off?), some LSC upsets (everyone's out at Ray), and new tweaks to the selective enrollment process for private school kids (among other things). A seniority layoff lawsuit in LA has been settled.  Commenters continue to argue whether charter or CTU parents should serve on LSCs...
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State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)

State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)
The state's scrapped minimum test scores for teachers (84 percent of current teachers are white).  North Lawndale needs Legacy charter school.  Chicagoland nails Chicago.  How can unions win? "Accidental" application for Howard Ave alternative school.  Plus lots of national news and other cities (and Chicago education news all day at @district299)...

Save Charter Commission, Says Sun-Times

Save Charter Commission, Says Sun-Times
Today’s news: The Sun Times editorial page opposes bill to gut the state charter school commission. There are still tons of LSCs that need volunteers.  Pritzker administrators gave out an ISAT survey that some parents found disturbing. CNN’s reality series about Chicago premiered last night, including several school stories. A formerly homeless Chicago teen revealed... Read more »

Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]

Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]
I still don't quite understand how testing opponents (CTU, MTAS, PURE, etc.) didn't figure out ahead of time that all the opt out forms they were getting parents to sign didn't have any real legal basis.  Maybe they found out about it and guessed (correctly) that any last-minute "revelation" like we had on Monday would distract from the relatively paltry numbers (compared to their campaign effort) and make CPS and ISBE look bad.  Maybe they were caught by surprise (like I was) and simply made lemonade out of lemons. About CPS, well, that's a whole other sad story that others have already told...
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State Lacks Testing "Opt-Out" Provision!?

The big news (to me at least) of the last 24 hours is that the state says there's no parental opt out in Illinois. This seems strange -- many states have formal or informal mechanisms for parents opting out of many things (field trips, sex ed, etc.) -- and also seems a little late in the game.  It might also explain some of the mixed signals from CPS...

Testing, 1-2-3

Testing, 1-2-3
The Internet ate the morning news roundup -- I'll try and get it reconstructed later today.  Meantime, here's some more news on last week's now-revised TeachPlus report on district testing burdens plus what's going on in other parts of the country around testing time and information-gathering...

Funding Overhaul, Gun Ban Sticker

Funding Overhaul, Gun Ban Sticker
Today's big news (besides the weather and the snow day scheduling announced yesterday) is that the state may revamp school funding to resemble more progressive states like California.  What do you think?  Also, schools are being told to post "no guns" stickers that some schools find objectionable. Elsewhere, Portland teachers are on strike, doubts are growing about the NYC preschool plan...
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What Next For Charters?

What Next For Charters?
Chicago is considering opening more charters next year even as some charter networks like UNO have struggled with conflicts and nepotism and the district has been shrinking.  Could the solutions to the current situation include both tighter financial safeguards and additional funding for charter school facility costs...