Today’s news: Closing out closed schools will cost nearly double the previous estimates (but it’s just $10 million), former CPS head Jean Claude Brizard calls for a “teacher spring,” suburban schools leads the way in post-Newtown school responses (anniversary tomorrow), magnet deadline is today, plus a nasty lawsuit against Hales Franciscan.
What happened to all the ‘stuff’ in Chicago’s closed schools? WBEZ: The quick response to Jenn’s question comes from Tom Tyrell, the former Marine Corps colonel hired by Chicago Public Schools to oversee everything having to do with the school closings:“We are repurposing it, to save money to put money back in the classrooms — everything that’s usable.”
Cost to empty out closed schools doubles WBEZ: Removing everything from Chicago’s closed schools will cost $10 million more than the district originally signed on for. “The volume of stuff that we ended up moving was three times higher than we estimated it was going to be. It was stunning how much more was in the schools than we anticipated.”
It’s Time for an ‘Education Spring’ in American Public Schools – Charting My Own Course JCB: I think it’s time for an “Education Spring,” where teachers across the country rise up and take on leadership over their field.
Teacher sues, alleges she was fired for reporting sexual incident CLTV: A former teacher who worked at Hales Franciscan High School is now suing the school saying she was let go because she contacted state investigators about a possible criminal sexual incident at the school in October.
Suit: Teacher at Hales Franciscan fired for reporting abuse allegations Sun Times: A former teacher at a prestigious Catholic high school on the South Side is suing the institution, claiming she was fired because she blew the whistle on an alleged sexual assault involving students.
School in Chicago Suburb Leads the Way in Keeping Kids Safe NBC News: Jeff Rossen reports on an elementary school in Niles, Ill. that is using technology in a number of innovative ways to safeguard itself.
The School Shootings You Didn’t Hear About—One Every Two Weeks Since Newtown Daily Beast: In the year since Newtown, at least 24 school shootings have claimed at least 17 lives, according to a Daily Beast investigation. Has anything really changed?
Newtown images tell a story of grieving AP: A line of frightened young children hang onto one another’s shoulders as they’re shepherded from their school building. A young woman wails and clutches her chest as she holds a phone to her ear, fearing the worst about her sister. A dusting of snow coats a pile of teddy bears placed on the ground….
LAPD teaches educators that ‘Seconds Count’ in school shooting scenario LA Daily News: During the daylong “Seconds Count” drill at New Community Jewish High in West Hills, about 50 private-school principals and leaders from Los Angeles’ Jewish community learned methods for anticipating and preventing a crisis and training their staffs to respond should one occur.
Hidden Cameras Test School Security NBC News: On the first anniversary of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, NBC’s Jeff Rossen investigates just how secure some schools are.
CPS magnet, selective-enrollment schools deadline ABC: The deadline for students to apply to magnet or selective-enrollment schools for the 2014-2015 year in Chicago is this week [today!].
Montessori School Aiming for Early 2014 Opening in Lincoln Square DNAI: The New Day Academy has inked a lease on the property at the NE corner of Montrose and Lincoln avenues.
Chancellor candidate Farina praises Ravitch, but keeps distance Chalkbeat NY: Farina subtly changed the tone—and put some distance between herself and Ravitch’s anti-charter rhetoric. “I think we have to stop worrying about what the other people are doing, and really concentrate on what we have to do better,” she began. “Because part of it is that we let ourselves kind of fall into complacency when we were the only game in town. And by we I’m talking about public education.”
Common Core critics and backers compete at Manhattan forum Chalkbeat NY: Like in Brooklyn, there was also a sizable contingent of parents and teachers — many of them affiliated with advocacy groups that backed the Bloomberg administration’s education policies — who argued that the new standards push students to higher planes of thought and eventually college.
Educational Publisher’s Charity, Accused of Seeking Profits, Will Pay Millions NYT: The Pearson Foundation will pay $7.7 million after the New York State attorney general found that it had broken state law by helping develop products for its corporate parent.
Schools Use Web Tools, and Data Is Seen at Risk NYT: Public schools are adopting web-based services that collect data about students but do not adequately safeguard it from potential misuse, new research has found.
Celebrity Tutors Thrive In Grade-fixated Hong Kong Huffington Post: When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double decker buses to raise his profile.
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