Today’s news: Testing critics found parents of only about 500 students who would opt out of testing this year, according to news accounts from a press event yesterday. The UofC’s Lab School is getting $25M from George Lucas and others. The proposed Orange School has hit another set of obstacles to opening on the North Side. Plus national news and coverage from other cities.
Hundreds of CPS students refuse to take annual test: parents’ group Sun Times: Hundreds of CPS students from 25 schools are refusing to take their annual state achievement test next week, according to a group opposed to some standardized tests.
Parent groups push ISAT boycott in CPS CLTV: About 500 students at 29 schools will not be taking the tests, which are set to start next week. The parents protesting the test, say they would rather students have two weeks of learning instead.
Parent groups push ISAT boycott in CPS Tribune: A coalition of Chicago Public Schools parent groups is calling for students to skip the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, which is being replaced this year by another test as a key element for promotions and eligibility for elite schools.
Arts education ratings Catalyst: Overall, one-third of schools were given an “Incomplete Data” rating, taking them out of the running for arts funding or for arts education grants that will be announced later this year. The schools were rated “incomplete” because they did not have an arts liaison in place or failed to complete a district survey on arts offerings.
George Lucas, Mellody Hobson donate $25M to U. of C. Lab Schools Tribune: Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson and her husband, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, are donating $25 million to the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to support the construction of an arts building.
Orange School Drops Plan to Open Arts-Focused Charter on North Side DNA Info: The school had been approved and was considering opening within Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park.
Keynote speaker addresses fight for public education Vidette Online: During her speech on Chicago Public Schools, Karen Lewis discussed issues in reform, charter schools and public education. and the value of public school teachers.
CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ no puff piece or ground breaker in first peek: Brown Sun-Times: Probably more problematic for Emanuel is that the early episodes of “Chicagoland” often portray him in sharp conflict with the city’s African-American community — from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis calling him “the murder mayor” to …
How to Jumpstart Your Union CounterPunch: It details the successful 2010 strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), starting with the formation of CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators) back in 2008 when they had only 22 members
How the Noble charter network connected with Chicago’s business elite Crain’s Chicago Business: It was 2006 and Mr. Manderschied was president of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. He met with Mr. Rauner, then chairman of Chicago private-equity firm GTCR LLC, in a living room-like suite at the firm’s Sears Tower office.
Chicago area’s wealthy districts likely losers in funding plan Tribune: Eliminating a separate chunk of money — called a block grant — that is earmarked for Chicago Public Schools for certain programs. Instead, CPS would get money for those programs, the same as others, through the new formula.
Newark Schools Chief Wants Teacher Performance Included in Layoff Criteria WNYC: In an unprecedented move, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked Christie administration to waive seniority rules that dictate how planned teacher layoffs in the state-run district are to be conducted.
UFT wants city to reconsider Teaching Fellows program ChalkbeatNY: While 18 percent of education school graduates called their training “poor” or “fair,” that figure was nearly 50 percent for Teaching Fellows. The Department of Education pays TNTP, a nonprofit group that also lobbies on teacher quality issues including in favor of evaluations that consider student test scores, to operate the Teaching Fellows program.
Kaya Henderson deserves support from D.C.’s elected leaders Washington Post (oped): This week the D.C. Council’s education committee plans to conduct a performance review of Chancellor Kaya Henderson. District residents might want to follow Henderson’s appearance before the council.
Florida Releases ‘Value Added’ Data on Teachers TeacherBeat: Florida becomes the latest state to bow to a court’s request that teacher value-added data be released to news outlets
Bilingual Education Ban May Be Overturned In California HuffPost: Prop 227 allows for parents to sign a waiver allowing their children be taught in another language, but Lara says few parents are aware of this. Furthermore, these exceptions may only be made for children who already speak English, are at least 10 years old or have special needs.
In rural Florida, Common Core brings big changes to classrooms Hechinger Report: The idea of ‘less is more’ has permeated West Defuniak Elementary since 2011. That’s when the school began to phase in the new Common Core standards with its youngest students.That’s led to big changes in this rural district.