Lincoln Annex, Speeding Ticket Revenue

Lincoln Annex, Speeding Ticket Revenue

Happy Wednesday — not a ton of news coverage I can find just updates on Lincoln, an Oprah donation to Providence St. Mel, a Sun Times article about inBloom, and the like.  Nationally, there’s a new private school in one of Brooklyn’s poorest neighborhoods (and the new mayor may make charters pay rent). Oh, and the New York State education chief has shortened the spring tests in response to concerns from parents and teachers.


Plan for Lincoln Elementary annex taking heat Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal for building an addition on to an overcrowded Lincoln Park neighborhood elementary school continues to generate heat from a group of residents who fought for alternative options to deal with the problem. The proposed annex…

Million Dollar Donation From Oprah Helped Save West Side School CBS Local: … ending a phenomenal 25 year run that took her from unknown to worldwide fame. Little known was the million dollar gift to Providence Saint Mel on Chicago’s West Side, which averted closing, by the sheer will of the school, its graduates and its …


Love/Hate Relationship Prairie Advocate: In fact, Karen Lewis, who heads the Chicago Teachers Union, is not too happy about Quinn’s choice in a running mate. She was quoted in the Examiner newspapers condemning Vallas for his penchant for standardized tests and charter schools.

Common Core is Curriculum, Contrary to Advocates’ Claims The Cardinal Newman Society: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who is a trustee of Common Core, Inc., also serves as chairman of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Innovation Fund advisory board.


In first month, speed cameras near schools, parks spit out 2,700 tickets Sun Times: Speed cameras around Chicago schools and parks have churned out more than 2,700 tickets and 324,000 warning notices during the first month of enforcement, but 90 percent of speeders have not been nailed twice.

Parents concerned about privacy in new student-data storehouse Sun Times: Parents concerned about student privacy are gearing up to fight a controversial data storehouse that has already been dropped in several states. The cloud-based service — run by a nonprofit group called inBloom — helps school districts manage student data and gives teachers access to digital resources to help in the classroom.


King College Prep Gets Interim Principal DNAI: David Narain will take over as principal at King after serving as assistant principal at Kenwood Academy.

Education, violence concerns highlight town hall Austin Weekly News: Former alderman Ed Smith moderated as hands flew up one by one, mostly to discuss education and violence. Brandon Johnson, an organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union, echoed what several community members have been saying for a while now

‘I guess I’m just immune to it.’ Tribune: “This is a local hangout,” said Debbie Shanahan, a Chicago Public Schools teacher who stopped outside the McDonalds on her way home from Walgreens.   She was on her bike and, like others, stopped to see what the commotion was about. “…


Bill de Blasio vs. Eva Moskowitz New Yorker: De Blasio and his advisers are still figuring out how much rent to charge well-funded charter schools, his transition team told me. “It would depend on the resources of the charter school or charter network,” he told WNYC, in early October. Via GothamSchools.

$23K-Per-Year Private School Opening in Red Hook DNA Info: The 1,000-seat Basis Independent School is just a few blocks from Brooklyn’s largest NYCHA housing development, Red Hook Houses East and West, and median household income for the immediate area is $16,748, according to recent data. Via GothamSchools

In Era of High School Choice, Manhattan District Retains Elite Status WNYC: While Mayor Michael Bloomberg expanded the number of high schools, and trumpeted the benefits of school choice, he allowed an affluent and successful school district to keep its barriers to entry. Some of the city’s most desirable high schools are open only to students in District 2 which includes the Upper East Side and parts of downtown Manhattan.

New York Makes State Tests Shorter WNYC: King said he decided to shorten the 2014 tests after hearing feedback from educators, as part of an annual review. He has come under fire lately for pushing ahead with the Common Core standards faster than some would like, and for bungling the implementation. New York was only the second state in the nation to align its tests to the new learning standards last year.


Ed. Dept. Names 31 Finalists for Race to the Top District Contest PoliticsK12: The U.S. Department of Education today named 31 finalists for the second Race to the Top district competition, worth $120 million. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million.

First Satellite Developed By High Schoolers Sent Into Space NPR: The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va. Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text.

San Fernando Valley charter schools unite to form advocacy council LA Daily News: After a change in Los Angeles Unified’s funding policy sent their numbers soaring, the 42 affiliated charter schools in the San Fernando Valley have formed an official council that will work as a bloc to communicate with district officials.




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  • Regarding the Lincoln School story from the Tribune. It is not clear the extent that Lincoln School is in part over crowded because of the Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago (EFAC). This was not directly discussed in the Tribune article, but there was an obscure reference to special programs.

    Lincoln school now states that it requires French speaking students in that program who may or may not be US nationals to live inside the boundary areas of the school, but for years it did not. Currently the French consulate provides advice to French expatriates with children on the program within the Lincoln elementary school. The French counsel general sits on the advisory board of the program.

    If you go to you can see a story of a French expatriate that did exactly that. Several homes costing in the millions in the intake area are also cross listed on French sites and indicate buyers would have access to the Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago. One home located at 1824 N Mohawk St lists for $2.5 million.

    The French school is located within Lincoln School is affiliated with the Agence pour l'Enseignement du Français à l'Étranger (AEFE) and is a member of the Association des Écoles Françaises d'Amérique du Nord (AFSA) and the Mission Laique Française (MLF). The Agency for French teaching abroad (AEFE) is part of the French educational system.

    EFAC’s program at Lincoln School is accredited up to grade 5 by the French Ministry of Education. Students study all the subjects except sciences in French. From grade 6 to grade 8, students use a distance learning program affiliated with the Ministry of Education (CNED) and study the subjects of French Language Arts, History and Geography in French.

    The Chicago Public Schools does not provide public school space to any other national education system in the Chicago area that I know of. There are at least two. One accredited by the Japanese Government the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School in the suburbs which has its own building paid for by the Japanese government and one in the city paid for by tuition and approved by the German national government ( The Japanese government covers half of the Futabakai school's operating expenses.

    If in any part the overcrowding at Lincoln School is because of the French national program then the French ministry of education should be picking up at least some of the tab for the new Lincoln School addition not the just tax payers of Chicago and the State. The nationality status of students attending Lincoln is not subject to FOIA and it would be illegal for the school to release this information if they had it. So we will never know the count of these students.

    We can now add this ironic twist to this story because of Mayor Emanuel's complaint over the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issuing a travel advisory to its citizens to not cross south of 59th street for fear of violence.

    I would add the private British School of Chicago is not formally part of the UK educational system but shares a curriculum in part with that system. Shock jock Erich Mancow Muller yesterday informed the public he moved out of Chicago in part because of how much the British School was costing him to educate his twins, $45,000 is the number he put out. So when you think about it the French are getting a hell of a deal with Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago they get a free French education and house with big resale value.

    Rod Estvan

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