Gresham parents think turnaround might be what’s needed. Ames parents vote against military (but it’s not binding). Drummond parents explore legal action (Seems like all CTU or one of the CTU-affiliated parent groups have to put out a press release and Chicago media covers it no matter how small.) CPS wants $10M for new furniture for new building.
CPS Janitors Worry About Jobs After Aramark Hired for Building Maintenance DNA Info: Aramark Corporation was recently awarded a $260 million custodial contract with Chicago Public Schools.
Gresham Elementary Parents Take Wait-And-See Approach to ‘Turnaround’ DNAinfo: They get to cherry pick among students who either perform or are kicked out and returned to another neighborhood school or charter operation,” Lewis said. But Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the school system, said its turnaround method is an effective…
Policy Institute claims that Madigan’s tax idea is really just a “Chicago bailout” The Capitol Fax Blog: Chicago Public Schools’ pension contribution spiked to $613 million in 2014, up from $208 million in 2013, and CPS doesn’t have the money to pay .
Drummond School Parents Angry About ISAT Probe Explore Legal Action DNA Info: The CPS board responded that it had the right to question kids without parental permission.
Will CPS reverse itself on Ames Middle School? Reader: If Chicago truly were a democracy, the members of the Board of Education would admit they had royally messed up and would reconvert Ames from a marine academy back to a regular neighborhood school. Like the people want! But alas, Chicago is not a democracy.…
CPS wants $5 million for new furniture as part of move Sun Times: On the heels of shuttering 50 school buildings and amid school budget woes, Chicago Public Schools is seeking to nearly double its furniture budget to $9.5 million, chalking up $5 million of that to an upcoming move of its central headquarters.
Local school council elections less than two weeks away Hyde Park Herald: … has come to a close parents and community members are gearing up to campaign for spots on local school councils in Chicago Public Schools.
A closer look at that Simon poll The Capitol Fax Blog: Karen Lewis has caused many teachers a lot more anguish than what they should be dealing with. She comes off as a grabby, uncouth slob to people in Suburban Chicago. I can’t remember a time where so many people could actually identify who the CTU
Jay Travis still contesting 26th District Race, cites irregularities and turns … Hyde Park Herald: High-profile Travis supporter Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said in a prepared statement that Mitchell only won “by pandering to predominantly white wards through scare tactics and misinformation about imaginary tax increases.”
Demand soars for special ed boarding schools Chicago Tribune: He found a spot at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, a therapeutic residential school on the campus of the University of Chicago. “I felt like I belonged,” said Resko, now 20.
Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed ‘enormous positive change’ Washington Post: In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House’s Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving “dramatic change.” See also PK12, USA Today, Hechinger.
Arne Duncan heads to New Zealand, Hawaii with gaggle of staffers Washington Post: My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton asked the Education Department about Secretary Arne Duncan’s trip this week to New Zealand and Hawaii — which will round out his visits to all 50 states during his tenure.
Hearing Weighs How Congress Should Improve Teacher Preparation PK12: One of the big questions facing lawmakers: Should the federal government call for colleges of education to track their graduates into the classroom? And, if so, what exactly should that look like? Already, states are required to identify teacher prep programs that aren’t up to snuff and help them improve. But states aren’t exactly knocking themselves out to fulfill that requirement, noted Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate education committee, at Tuesday’s hearing. As of 2013, nearly half the states and the District of Columbia hadn’t pointed to a single low-performing program, he said.
School-Finance Overhaul in Kansas Could End Early-Education Push StateWatch: A plan to boost school funding in Kansas in the wake of a court ruling could mean Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to increase pre-K spending won’t succeed.
The Writing’s On The Wall For Cursive — Unless Lawmakers Can Save It NPR: The Common Core State Standards have ended lessons in cursive writing, but lawmakers in some states are trying to change that. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports on an effort in Tennessee to revive cursive.