Today’s news includes an appeal from ISBE for more money to help with computerized testing, some back and forth about the militarization at Ames (is it happening or not?), a new $10M grant to the UofC for its school support intervention strategies. There are jobs to be had — in Cleveland. Plus: LAUSD votes to keep Deasy for another two years.
Chico: schools won’t be able to give new state standardized tests without massive tech upgrades WBEZ: Chico is proposing the creation of a $250 million “Illinois Schools Technology Fund” that would expand broadband access, upgrade wiring in schools, train teachers in tech, and buy devices. He suggests the state could use $176 million in unspent school construction funds, and augment with general state funds.
Logan Square middle school to become military academy Tribune: Over protests from parents, Ames Middle School in Logan Square will be taken over by a military school next year under a plan announced Tuesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Vitale: There Are No Plans to Change Ames Into a Military School DNAI: Parents are relieved that the Marine Military program will not replace the current curriculum.
Parents balk at mayor’s plan to turn middle school into military academy Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said in a statement Tuesday that the decision was “yet another betrayal of children by Mayor Emanuel and his appointing school board.”
Final exams in high school–unnecessary ChicagoNow: I hate high-school final exams—giving them, not taking them. Nineteen years ago when I started teaching in the Chicago Public Schools, I avoided giving them
U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools Hyde Park Herald:Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and more than 5,000 other schools across the nation currently use school improvement tools developed by UEI.
World Sport aids CPS Hyde Park Herald: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said healthier students are better learners. “Beyond improved health for Chicago’s next generation, research shows a direct correlation between physical activity and brain function,” Byrd-Bennett said.
Cleveland School District Looking for 80 New Teachers Fox: The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is on the hunt for 84 new teachers. The District is holding a job fair Wednesday at the Barbara Byrd-Bennett Professional Development Center.
Bost co-sponsors bill he says will protect local school funds from Chicago The Southern: A set of new bills co-sponsored by state Rep. Mike Bost will ensure Southern Illinois schools aren’t given the shaft financially in favor of Chicago area schools, he says.
National arts educators meet in Chicago WBEZ: Over four days, more than 500 attendees will talk about getting arts instruction back into schools. Local organizers say Chicago’s new arts education plan will be at the center of those conversations.
After much speculation and rallying, LA school board retains superintendent KPCC: After nearly five hours behind closed doors, the L.A. Unified school board announced Tuesday that it’s keeping its superintendent. A planned meeting on the iPad’s budget and district-wide rollout was postponed in favor of the closed-door review of Deasy’s performance. A motion to censure Vladovic for allegedly harassing and mistreating employees was also put over.
Can Bloomberg, Melinda Gates Cash Push Colo. Tax Hike to Victory? State EdWatch: Melinda Gates and a philanthropy associated with Gotham City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have contributed significantly to the Amendment 66 campaign in Colorado. ALSO: Halloween Ad Blasts CO Education Reform Bill As ‘Hickenlooper’s Monster’ HuffPost.
Starting Teacher SAT Scores Rise As Educators Face Tougher Evaluations HuffPost: Taken together, the articles show an evolving workforce that raises questions about the often extreme hand-wringing over teacher quality. “Although teachers in the U.S. are more likely to be drawn from the lower end of the academic achievement distribution than are teachers in selected high-performing countries, the picture is a bit more nuanced than the rhetoric suggests,” Goldhaber and Walch wrote.
Duncan praises D.C. preschool-for-all policy during visit to Brightwood Education Campus WashPost: Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid a visit Monday to the District’s Brightwood Education Campus, where he observed a classroom of 4-year-olds who took turns gleefully banging on a drum for each syllable in their names.
A year after landfall, looking back on Sandy’s toll on schools GothamSchools: One year ago today, city students had the first of what ultimately became at least a week — and in some cases longer — of hurricane days, after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the city, taking its transportation system, power infrastructure, and hundreds of school buildings offline.
Field Trips Create Critical Thinkers NBC: New study that finds students better critical thinkers, more observant and more empathetic after a field trip to an art museum<.
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