Posts in category "Parents and Parenting"

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...

Opting Out Of Testing Isn't Easy (Or Necessarily Helpful)

Opting Out Of Testing Isn't Easy (Or Necessarily Helpful)
Today's news roundup includes a New York Times story about Rahm and education, updates on the unfortunate parents who found out that their kids' selective enrollment applications weren't processed, and  some more information about the PARCC testing that's going to begin on Monday. The Tribune has a long, interesting piece on the opt-out process and its history in Illinois (did you know just 2100 kids opted out last year?).  I'm generally opposed to opting out, though I think that ISBE and CPS have played games with the requirements. But a small and vociferous group of folks including CTU think that it's a good thing to do...

How Disruptive Are Testing Window Days, Really?

How Disruptive Are Testing Window Days, Really?
As you probably already know, CPS has decided that everyone's going to take the Common Core assessment starting next week -- using pencil and paper, according to CNET.  Meanwhile, testing delays have thrown things off in South Florida and a few other places. Wendy Kattan says that all but two weeks for the rest of of the school year are taken up with "disruptive" testing, but that seems like an overstatement, no? I've been in lots of schools during testing windows and it hasn't always been even observable except for the signs on the computer lab window. Thoughts on this, anyone...
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Should IL Make "Opting Out" Easier (Like CA & Utah)?

Should IL Make "Opting Out" Easier (Like CA & Utah)?
While CPS remains unsure/unclear what it's going to do next with the Common Core tests, suburban parents are pressing the state for an opt-out waiver that parents can sign a form. (See the WBEZ story below, and then check out this new roundup of state laws or #EWAcore for Tweets from yesterday's education writers workshop in Denver.) Meanwhile, a new report suggests that Common Core standards are actually leading to an increase in teacher-written curricula (wonder if that's true in CPS). In other places, UTLA teachers rallied and threatened to strike over pay and class size -- CTU is their model, though there are some key differences and dynamics -- and New York's Andrew Cuomo and Bill De Blasio continue to beef over school turnarounds, charters, and mayoral control...

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...

Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!

Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!
Today's education news includes an update on CTU's negotiations with CPS over a new contract (and possible strike!), more about who wants the Dyett building (Little Black Pearl), a Catalyst investigation into missing CPS kids (and another piece about Latino parents and the Common Core).  Nationally, vaccinations have become a political issue for Presidential contenders and somewhat progressive DC-area superintendent Josh Starr is leaving his post after 3 years. ...
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Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift
Today's CPS news:  Everybody's got the flu (or at least it feels like it).  The AFT has given $200K to the Chuy Garcia campaign -- not the $1M promised to Karen Lewis. Gery Chico is endorsing his former rival, Mayor Emanuel. More kids are coding at school. Nationally, Arne Duncan joined students and educators at the big DC protest march over the weekend, and lots less kids are being held back than before the recession (down from 3 percent to 1.5 percent nationally)...

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents
Today's news includes coverage of yesterday's Board meeting (not downtown!) and City Council meeting, as well as an update on the racy slides that were making some folks upset at Jackson Elementary.  But the really big news of the day is the President's immigration announcement later today at a Las Vegas high school, which is anticipated to affect lots of kids with undocumented parents. Roughly 8 percent of K-12 kids in Illinois have parents without papers, and the statistics for Chicago are certainly much higher than the statewide average...

So Much Gentrification - But Still Not At CPS

So Much Gentrification - But Still Not At CPS
Lots of news today: Only about half of the white school-age kids in Chicago go to CPS, reports WBEZ (the city's gentrified but not the schools). CPS isn't giving out new quality report card data at pickup this week, says Catalyst. Common Core and related assessments are getting scrutinized at an Amundsun event tonight. It's too late to get risky bond money back, says Emanuel in the Tribune. Plus national news and education updates from other cities...
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Embattled Charters - For Now

Embattled Charters - For Now
The gist of the two panels I participated in at the INCS statewide conference yesterday was just how embattled the charter movement feels these days -- and may continue to feel even in Bruce Rauner wins the governorship.  Whether charter supporters should feel bad, or will continue to do so, is another question. In some ways, it was an echo of the feeling I got at the recent PIE Network annual summit held here last month, about which I keep meaning to write but haven't yet. Read on for some observations and links, then feel free to share your insights or experiences.  ...