Wait, What? Higher Grad Rate.

Wait, What? Higher Grad Rate.

CPS posts this year’s graduation rates Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that 19,905 of the 30,449 students who entered ninth grade in fall 2008 and completed graduation requirements by this summer are now high school graduates.

CPS Calls for New Charter Schools Chicago Tonight: Chicago Public Schools officials are calling for new charter schools despite massive neighborhood school closings and deep budget cuts. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.
Charters sought to relieve overcrowding, but communities question strategy Catalyst: Originally considered a strategy to provide better schools in neighborhoods without them, charter schools are now being viewed as a solution to overcrowding. The district’s latest Request for Proposals for new charters lists nine target communities, among the 10 with the most overcrowded schools.
Blended Learning Improves Test Scores: Study Information Week:A new study by the RAND Corporation and the Department of Education gives new credibility to the popular notion that blended learning — a combination of traditional classroom methods with computer-mediated activities — can improve students’ test scores. via Politico.

CPS Issues Request For Proposals For New Charter Schools Chicagoist: CPS spokeswoman Keiana Barrett told the Sun-Times “we need to pursue all options throughout all geographies since we can’t simply build our way out of the overcrowding challenges on the Southwest and Northwest sides.” But Wendy Katten of parents group Raise Your Hand and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis criticized the RFP coming so soon after the school closings, especially as CPS continues to claim a $1 billion budget deficit.

Judge Backs CPS on Trumbull Closure, But Questions Special Ed Policy DNAI: Though a judge ruled in favor of CPS, he said the district’s utilization formula might need tweaking.
Voice of the People, Aug. 15 Tribune:  School budgets To clarify recent articles on the Chicago Public Schools budget crisis, charter public schools — like all schools — are facing funding cuts from CPS, and are being forced to make tough decisions that will directly impact…

Feeding kids when there’s no school lunch NBC News: During the school year, tens of millions of students get free or reduced-price meals at school. During the summer, when school is out, the kids still qualify but getting the food to those kids is a big challenge for communities across the country. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports from Santa Rosa, California.

Lead poisoning’s impact: Kids suspended more at school Gannett: Research out Tuesday finds that even children with just moderate levels of lead in their first three years of life are nearly three times as likely to be suspended from school by the time they’re 9 or 10 as those whose blood-lead levels were below recent treatment thresholds.


CTA To Offer Free Rides To Students On First Day Of ClassCBS2 Chicago: The CTA once again will provide free rides for the first day of classes inChicago’s Public Schools, on Aug. 26.

Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy: Full of Klout White Rhinoceros:  Even in Chicago, the leaders of the big-voice organizations are white. While their children go to Chicago public schools, they (I’m almost certain) attend either …


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  • Judge Lee in a 54 page decision rejected every claim made by the plaintiffs in the two Federal cases filed on school closings. I honestly do not think a decision could be written that more definitively closed the door on using ADA and probably race based claims to try to stop school actions.


    Rod Estvan

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