So 125 kids’ parents opted out at Drummond and some of the kids were asked questions and the parents are pissed. Meanwhile, a new national report shows that poor minority kids get tougher discipline and weaker teachers. Which of these things is a bigger deal? Check it all out below, and see you in comments or at @district299.
CPS Officials Question Bucktown Kids Over Opting Out of ISATs DNA Info: Some parents at Drummond Elementary School are furious over a teacher “witch hunt.”
CPS questions students—without parent consent—in ongoing investigation of their teachers WBEZ: Parents at Drummond Montessori in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood say they found out through parent e-mails, texts and Facebook messages that Chicago Public Schools Law Department officials were “interrogating” their children at school. Parents say they had no knowledge the interviews were going to take place, and did not give any prior consent.
Parents livid over CPS investigators questioning kids over ISAT boycott Sun Times: Furious Bucktown elementary school parents said CPS investigators yanked their children out of classrooms Thursday for individual interviews about this month’s ISAT boycott — without parental permission. The livid parents of Drummond Elementary School students are calling the move “outrageous,” “underhanded,” and “ludicrous.”
CPS investigating alleged ‘teacher misconduct’ with test boycott Catalyst: “Don’t use these kids as pawns in this political game,” said Jonathan Goldman, a parent and chair of Drummond’s local school council [with no apparent sense of irony].
CPS test change irks Catholic schools chief Chicago Tribune: In a letter to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett copied to Emanuel, Sister Mary Paul McCaughey said the district informed the archdiocese two weeks ago that its seventh-graders might also have to take the NWEA MAP exam in May if they want to apply for a …
At charters, variety the norm for teacher evaluations Catalyst: During the contract negotiation sessions that recently ended at the UNO Charter School Network, one of the biggest points of contention for teachers was the evaluation system and its link to year-end bonuses. Teachers considered the evaluation metrics unfair and complained that formal observations weren’t done the same way in all classrooms.
School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines NYT: Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school and be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according data released by the Department of Education.
American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds HuffPost: Most minority students and English language learners are stuck in schools with the most new teachers. Seven percent of black students attend schools where as many as 20 percent of teachers fail to meet license and certification requirements. And one in four school districts pay teachers in less-diverse high schools $5,000 more than teachers in schools with higher black and Latino student enrollment.
Bleak picture for minority kids in public schools USA Today: Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left, speaks after a roundtable discussion at Family Source Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Duncan’s visit aimed to highlight excellence in education and the importance of community involvement and support.
Black Students Less Likely to Be Taught By Certified Teachers, Ed. Dept. Data Show TeacherBeat: Students of color are more often taught by unqualified, inexperienced, and lesser-paid teachers, according to U.S. Department of Education data.
Maryland and DC schools to begin field-testing new Common Core exams next … Washington Post: Tens of thousands of students in Maryland and the District are slated to log on to computers this spring to take practice versions of a new standardized test, exams meant to gauge their performance
New Schools Squad Will Try to Broker Peace WNYC: Starting within the next two weeks, the first protocol that we’re putting in place is that schools will not be fighting each other in a building,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña told the City Council’s education committee Thursday. She said the D.O.E will be sending “campus squads” to settle questions such as who gets what room on what floor in a shared school, and how to use the rooms.
‘Horndog High’ teachers fired after sexy romp get their jobs back: court NYDN: A Manhattan appeals court ruled language teachers Alina Brito and Cindy Mauro can have their jobs back at James Madison High School in Midwood, Brooklyn, because the pair has ‘unblemished’ discipline records and had a ‘lapse in judgment’ on the day in question.