Just How White Will Obama High Be?

Just How White Will Obama High Be?

Obama High was developed in secrecy. CPS Obsessed notes Whitney Young is the most diverse of elite SE schools. Lyon is headed to Smart Chicago collaborative. UofC study shows gains.  Seven CPS schools get $100K tech grant. Fourteen year old girl killed over Facebook dispute.  Rich Miller posts about Jackie Gallagher (RIP). Plus national news and stories from other cities. 

Obama High School Developed Under ‘Communication Gap,’ City Acknowledges DNA Info: Even the local alderman says he wasn’t completely in the loop as some locals expressed anger Monday.

Shift in Racial Demos at 4 Selective Enrollment High Schools CPS Obsessed: Payton is the most white-dominant school of these 4 and has grown increasingly Whiter since the end of the consent decree. WYoung is the most diverse. Jones is almost equal on White and Hispanic students. Northside continues to have few Black students.

Emanuel touts U. of C. study to show CPS gains Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett are all smiles as they attend a press conference in Chicago with the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research about CPS students being on track.

Comings & Goings: Banchero, Lyon Catalyst: Banchero’s reporting has garnered many honors including a first place award from the national Education Writers Association. Gabrielle Lyon has become an early learning and education consultant at the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology.

7 Chicago schools to get $100K technology grant Tribune: Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,000 each Tuesday to explore how laptops, iPhones and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning.

14-year-old girl shot in back, dies in Back of the Yards Sun Times: Endia Martin wanted to visit Paris and Rome and join the Navy or go to college, her stepfather said. On Monday, the 14-year-old girl was gunned down in a shooting that her parents suspect was related to a Facebook feud with another girl.

Jackie Gallagher The Capitol Fax Blog: A politically savvy straight-shooter, Lucille “Jackie” Gallagher was probably the most powerful spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union in decades.

Cutting taxes will hurt schools, Vallas says Chicago Sun-Times: That’s Paul Vallas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, making a pitch for improving education in Illinois. Vallas is the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools, former superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans,

Former Lake View HS English Teacher Appointed Interim Principal at School DNA Info: An East Garfield Park assistant principal who used to teach English at Lake View High School will be stepping in as Lake View’s interim principal, his current school confirmed.


Indiana: Common Core Replaced With State Standards AP: One of the first states to adopt Common Core education standards became the first state to formally abandon the national benchmarks.

Separate Indiana education standards may be costly JC Online: Indiana schools are bracing to spend as much as $125 million to train teachers on proposed new education standards in the wake of the state’s rejection of national Common Core benchmarks. Via RCE.

Michigan Could Be Next State on Ed. Dept.’s NCLB Waiver Endangered List PK12: Michigan doesn’t require that assessment data be used in teacher evaluations. And, like Washington, Michigan will need to seek a legislative change to include them.

Steve Jobs’ Death Inspired Goal To Get Kids Coding WAMU: Many public schools do not offer computer science classes, even though tech workers are in high demand. Now 30 public school districts have partnered with the nonprofit Code.org to get kids coding.

Arne Duncan: Donald Sterling should have no role in the NBA Politico: “I don’t think he has a place or a role in the NBA,” Duncan said without hesitation.

What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy WAMU: States are tracking students as early as preschool. Better data could boost the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning. But it can also be exposed to hackers and marketers.


The Public School Where The Duke Lives On WAMU: Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school which bears his name.

School official: Texas student planned violence AP: A 17-year-old boy who hid a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in a school bathroom and two loaded handguns in his backpack intended to “commit a violent act,” a school official said, but the plan was foiled when his parents discovered the weapons missing at home and alerted school administrators….

In Albany, officials wave pre-K warning flags for New York City ChalkbeatNY: Officials said they lack capacity to handle the extra work, mostly because the department received no new money for the job.

Brooklyn educators chronicle students’ difficult matriculations NY Daily News: He’s guided more than a thousand Brooklyn students from low-income homes to college across the country — including ivy league Cornell — and he wants to help thousands more.

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