Today’s education news includes coverage of City Council progressives clamoring for CPS to use TIF funding to protect schools from budget cuts, plus news that WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea’s job is at risk, and that a CORE-like caucus in Newark failed to win control of the teachers union there (but scored lots of leadership positions). What else? When’s summer school start?
CPS Could Use TIF Funds, Say Council Progressives DNAI: The Progressive Reform Caucus suggested diverting TIF funds to defray school budget cuts.
Council’s Progressive Caucus warns ‘draconian’ cuts to CPS will reduce test scores Sun-Times: The City Council’s Progressive Caucus came out swinging Thursday against “draconian” budget cuts at Chicago Public Schools, they warned, would increase class size, reduce test scores and leave schools without essentials.
Back of the Yards Library to Open in New High School DNAI: The city will rent space from the Board of Education for its newest public library.
At risk: The education beat at WBEZ Reader: WBEZ has no reporting jobs to fill, and the fiscal 2014 budget, as now conceived, does not create one. But a couple of openings for producer do exist, and I understand that [Becky] Vevea is being encouraged to apply. If she does she’s likely to be hired, because she’s so highly valued.
Chicago Plans To Open New Schools For Dropouts Amid Massive Closures And … Huffington Post: Doubling the number of quality options and alternative pathways to nontraditional learning environments allows us to help our hardest to reach children and provide them a chance to succeed,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a news release.
Marcy Newberry closing, 230 children losing Head Start seats Catalyst: To make ends meet, the program used blended funding – a common strategy where children are not enrolled unless they meet the eligibility criteria for both an early childhood education program (like Head Start or Early Head Start, or state early childhood education programs) plus state child care assistance.
CPS principal recounts alleged rape at court hearing Tribune: A Chicago Public Schools principal wept and wiped her eyes with a tissue as she testified Monday about allegedly being raped in her home by a CPS teacher while her son slept in his bedroom down the hall. At a hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court…
Newark Union Head Barely Wins Re-Election The Nation: A challenger slate that’s drawn inspiration from the Chicago Teachers Union captured seventeen of the twenty-nine seats on the NTU’s executive board while barely falling short in its bid to oust Del Grosso.
Ceremony honoring black male high school grads aims to show kids what’s … Chicago Sun-Times:
Black males in the Chicago Public Schools have the highest dropout rate of any group — in 2010 about 1 in 8, according to the Consortium on Chicago School Research.