CPS may have played right into testing opponents’ hands by threatening (via letter) to take away teachers’ certifications if they don’t administer the ISATs next week, given how few teachers are involved. But that’s what they did. Perhaps they had no other choice. But heavy-handed tactics in Seattle turned an isolated band of teacher testing protesters into a citywide rebellion last year. What do you think should happen to the Saucedo teachers (if anything), and what do you think CPS should have done?
ISAT PROTEST BACK & FORTH
CPS warns employees on testing Tribune: With a group of parents and some teachers threatening to boycott a state assessment test students are supposed to be given starting Monday, Chicago Public Schools warned principals that employees could face disciplinary action if they interfere with the testing process.
CPS threatens to discipline teachers who won’t give students ISAT Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey called CPS’ threats “really absurd and harmful” and noted the specific disciplinary measures ordered by Byrd-Bennett are typically used for the most serious infractions. He said the threat to state ..
Video: CTU president Karen Lewis supports ISAT boycott Sun Timcs: In a video posted to YouTube, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis supported teachers at a school who voted to boycott annual state achievement tests.
CPS threatens discipline, CTU fights back Catalyst: The letter, sent out Thursday to principals, claims teachers could face the harshest repercussion from boycotting the test — losing their state education certification. CTU is also asking members to attend a rally Friday afternoon in support of the Saucedo Scholastic Academy teachers who said earlier this week they will refuse to administer the state-mandated Illinois Standards Achievement Tests that are scheduled to begin next week.
Battle Brewing Between CPS, Teachers Over ISAT Boycott Progress Illinois: CTU President Karen Lewis posted a video statement Wednesday in support of the boycott at Saucedo Academy, which can be viewed here. The Illinois Federation of Teachers has also voiced their support for educators who refuse to administer the ISAT.
Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test Education Week News: Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the nervy move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.
Tutoring & Mentoring Show Significant Results for High School Students Chicago Tonight: New research shows that the combination of mentoring and intensive tutoring can make up for three years’ worth of lost learning for 9th and 10th grade boys who were previously at risk of dropping out down the road. Brandis Friedman has the story. Read an article and watch a web extra video.
CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis injected herself into a long-running neighborhood zoning fight on Thursday, alleging students at a public high school would face danger from a newly approved metal shredder in Pilsen.
Canty Elementary School Needs to be Expanded, Rahm Said … In 2004 DNAinfo: “Addressing school overcrowding is an important part of the work we are doing to modernize the district, and it is why the mayor and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett have already relieved overcrowding at 33 schools across the city, have invested over $1 …
A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds Washington Post (Valerie Strauss): This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Strategic …
North Lawndale should welcome Legacy charter school Chicago Tribune: With prospective new rent-paying tenants or potential buyers such as Legacy for these buildings, we’re talking about fresh investments in Chicago communities, many of them with declining populations.
City Halts Six School Changes Inherited from Bloomberg WNYC: Dozens of new or expanded schools got the all-clear to open this fall but a handful of others saw their plans dashed, as the city navigated its way through a thicket of proposals left by the Bloomberg administration. See also ChalkbeatNY, NYT, AP
D.C. Sees Another Bump In Public School Enrollment WAMU: Enrollment in D.C. traditional and public charter schools increased by three percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in the city’s school system.
School finder created to help Minneapolis parents find best gap-closing options MinnPost: At the height of school-choice season, here’s a curious paradox for your consideration: Despite all of the attention paid to one of the nation’s worst racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, there are unfilled seats in proven and promising Minneapolis schools that are struggling to recruit low-income students.
Education secretary Duncan to governors: Join the early education parade KPCC: Education Secretary Arne Duncan told governors this week that expanding early education programs is underway — and they should join in.Governors peppered Duncan with questions regarding funding and access for early education for their states.
Students With Disabilities Aim For A College Degree, But Often Get Stuck HuffPost: When he was a kid, Will Farrior was “just like your average child and student making A’s and B’s while participating in extracurricular activities,” the 26-year-old told a Senate committee on Thursday.
Mind The Gap (Year): A Break Before College Might Do Some Good NPR: Taking a gap year, postponing the start of college, is becoming more common in the U.S. As Kirk Carapezza reports, more schools are encouraging students to take one — and even helping pay for them.
Community Colleges Missing The Mark For Men Of Color NPR: Community college is seen as a good option for students who can’t afford four-year colleges. But a recent report finds community colleges aren’t effectively serving male students of color.
Top 10 teachers in Florida illustrate how messy and absurd the new teacher data is Hechinger Report: 8 of the top 10 don’t even teach the courses that are measured by the state’s math and reading tests that were used to calculate the value added measures. They could have been art or physical education teachers.