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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