Welcome back. Hope you managed to stay cool over the long weekend and that the air conditioning at work is as good or better than it is at home. Today’s education news includes an update on the lawsuit to stop CPS from closing schools (denied), a story about another wayward item on a standardized test (outrage!), an update on Fenger High School (things are somewhat better), a look at a rookie teacher at Marshall (struggling!), and lots of shootings.School closing, turnaround lawsuit dismissed Catalyst: The suit claimed that CPS did not provide adequate support to schools slated for closure and turnaround while they were on probation, resulting in a disproportionate impact on African-American students.Michael Persoon, an attorney who represented parents in the case, said it’s too soon to say whether the case might be re-filed or the ruling appealed.
Question criticized as charter-school ‘propaganda’ pulled from CPS tests Sun Times: The Scantron Corporation took action this month after the head of Chicago’s Parents United for Responsible Education demanded the company drop the passage and apologize to what could be thousands of Chicago students.
High school hopes to change image two years after beating death WBEZ: The principal of Chicago’s Fenger High School wants to change the school’s image.That’s because a lot has changed since the videotaped beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert made national news two years ago.Arrests and suspensions are down significantly.
Hard Lessons Follow Rocky Start For Chicago Teacher NPR: Tyrese Graham is a second-year science teacher at John Marshall Metropolitan High School on the West Side of Chicago. When he started teaching, Marshall was among the worst public schools in the city.
A filmmaker spotlights learning, charity Tribune: Chicago’s connection to schools that brought education to many black children in the Deep South Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find the story that’s right in your own backyard.
Adults without literacy: 48-year-old man learns to read WBEZ: By some estimates, as many as one in eight American adults has extreme difficulty reading and writing. We want to find out what it’s like to live in a world where the written word is incomprehensible, so WBEZ profiled a man who spent the last three years trying to escape it.
Cristo Rey Looks to Open School in Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Radio: A private Catholic school network that focuses exclusively on students facing financial troubles, may open a school in Milwaukee. Cristo Rey originated inChicago in 1996, and now operates 24 schools across the country.
Ten dead, 41 wounded in weekend shootings Sun Times: Ten people were killed and at least 41 others were wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings across the city since Friday, including a 7-year-old girl shot while playing in front of her South Side home.