Friday CPS News Roundup

Friday CPS News Roundup

Happy Friday! There’s not much education news today, though there was a big Safe Passage meeting last night and we’re getting a few more bits of information about the Board meeting on Wednesday.  (There’s an advocacy group report on charter costs that Progress IL and WBEZ picked up but I’m going to let you find that on your own this time.)  Elsewhere, the new mayor in New York City is going to try and get a tax rate increase to pay for universal preschool, and Texas is closing six charters for performance or financial sustainability reasons. 

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis supports proposed Austin charter Sun Times: “I am a member of New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church that is very much engaged and very much involved with the By The Hand organization,” the congressman, who once worked as a teacher, told CPS officials.

Dozens cram meeting on student’s sexual assault near CPS Safe Passage route Tribune: About 140 Belmont Cragin residents, many demanding more police presence and action on the part of public officials, packed a community meeting Thursday night.

Is The CPS Safe Passage Program Keeping Students Safe? Progress IL: Regardless of whether the incidents happened during protected hours or not, Brown said “putting children on a route where they basically need protected guards to make sure they’re safe itself is racist.”

CPS to Central Office Employees: Everybody Into the Classrooms! DNAI: Chicago Public Schools announced a new volunteer mentoring program for nonteaching employees.

Chicago Board of Ed: Downsized headquarters, supersized contract, and military school WBEZ: Chicago’s school board approved a number of measures at the monthly board meeting Wednesday:

Palatine high school student’s amazing tribute to late art teacher Sun Times: There wasn’t a lot of variety in the variety show at Fremd High School in Palatine: The acts mostly had become singing and dancing, according to a video posted earlier this month to YouTube by Maddy Lopez.

What a former Chicago Public Schools student taught me today Ray Salazar: He told me that our school had done  a good job of helping him see his strengths.  But we had not helped him identify his weaknesses.  So when he got to college, he confronted deficits he never knew he had.

Child care workers rally for better health care, pay Catalyst: Child care workers from mostly south and west side YMCA locations gathered outside of the headquarters with electric candles, Christmas cards for CEO Richard Malone and clear demands.


De Blasio Launches Formal Campaign for Pre-K WNYC: The mayor-elect unveiled its first video at the childcare center Friends of Crown Heights. He was surrounded by children’s advocates from several organizations, as well as the economist Jeffrey Sachs—who is among several luminaries lending his name to the cause.

Formal Beginning to de Blasio’s Plan to Expand, and Pay for, Prekindergarten NYT: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has lined up celebrities and other notables in an effort to marshal public support for a tax on high-earners to improve New York City’s prekindergarten and after-school programs.

Texas Shuttering Campuses At Six Charter Schools Texas Tribune: Identified for closure under the law are American Youthworks in Austin; Azleway Charter School in Tyler; Honors Academy in Farmers Branch; and Jamie’s House Charter School, Koinonia Community Learning Academy, and the Richard Milburn Academy in Houston. Several of the schools focus on serving troubled youth or high school dropouts.

D.C. adopts new K-12 science standards Washington Post: The D.C. State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt new K-12 science standards meant to strengthen science education by prioritizing critical thinking and problem solving over memorization of facts.

How to Share Space and Still Get Along WNYC: This week, the Department of Education and the New York City Charter School Center, via NYC Collaborates, brought a group of principals together to talk about how to share nicely, or nicer anyway. Here are their top four lessons.


School Leaders On What Determines Student Success NPR: Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with school leaders about students’ math and reading skills.

How young newsmakers helped shape the world in 2013 PBS NewsHour:From drone strikes and cutting edge medical research, to Hollywood talent and European immigration, youth from around the world challenged us to view their issues more compassionately and unite across ideological lines. We look back at some of the year’s top young newsmakers.


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  • student assault made national news: Chicago girl's rape near a school 'Safe Passage' route alarms parents

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Gangs of Chicago - Atlantic reporter spends time in K-Town (and gets hustled off by CPD b/c of Safe Passage) @tanehisi

  • Grant project to produce STEM leaders in urban schools | MSUToday | Michigan State University

  • Interactive: Mapping out teacher salary averages since 1970 | Voices @mrpabruno

  • I could not access the above link….

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I read this "study" at the following link:

    What it shows is that, are you ready for this: Oh my, after adjusting for inflation, teachers make a little bit more now than in 1970! What a revelation! You know who makes A LOT more than they did in 1970? You guessed correctly: the right wing billionaire hedge fund owners and industrialists who fund Reboot Illinois, that's who! If you're not familiar with this tea party web site, Reboot Illinois is not much more than a propaganda weapon of the ruling class, used to demean unionized teachers and other government employees.

  • If right wing billionaire hedge fund owners and industrialists make more money, then their data about teacher pay must be propaganda.

    Good argument.

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