White Kids & Elite High Schools

White Kids & Elite High Schools

Sorry that yesterday’s news roundup didn’t get posted — not sure what happened there, but it’s up now.  Since then, WTTW looks into the racial divide that’s growing in SE schools that was first(?) brought up by the Sun Times. Elsewhere, teachers in LA have tossed out their union president, and Republicans (and a few Dems) criticize Arne Duncan for NCLB waivers and special education funding.

New Racial Divide for CPS? Chicago Tonight: We take a detailed look at Chicago’s selective enrollment schools, their impact and their effect on racial diversity in the schools. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

White students getting more spots at top CPS high schools Chicago Sun-Times: At Walter Payton College Prep on the Near North Side, more than 41 percent of freshmen admitted the past four years have been white, compared with 29 percent in 2009, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of Chicago Public Schools data has found.

Seven Chicago schools get $100,000 for schoolwide ‘blended learning’ WBEZ: All the schools have already begun to change how they “do school.” Take Chavez Multicultural Center, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Teacher Pat Quinn, the tech coordinator there, says the school has at least one computer for every student, most of them accessible to students all day.

CPS program teaches kids to manage, talk about money  Chicago Tribune: A Canadian program that aims to teach students about money matters is heading to dozens of Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday. City Treasurer …

Mayor Emanuel, Chancellor Hyman, and CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce 3100 Students Will Be Able … eNews Park Forest: More than 3,000 Chicago Public Schools students will get to enroll in free college courses at the City College of Chicago beginning this fall. 

Chicago Public Schools Truancy a Serious Problem, State Task Force Says DNA Info: A task force said unstable housing had created a truancy problem for Chicago Public Schools students.

Teen shot and killed; 2nd teen charged Tribune: Inside juvenile court today, the girl spoke softly, wearing a bright pink shirt with black pants and a sweater. The honor roll student from John Hope College prep in the killing of 14-year-old Endia Martin yesterday afternoon in the 900 block of West Garfield.

Teen killed by 14-year-old girl in Facebook feud over boy: prosecutors Sun Times: The 14-year-old girl accused of killing another teen in a feud over a boy tried to shoot at a crowded porch, but when the gun malfunctioned, she had someone nearby clear it before firing again, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.

CPS art education continues to fight uphill battle Medill Reports: Paul Sznewajs (right), executive director at Ingenuity Incorporated, explained upcoming challenges for art education in Chicago Public Schools at

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His “Chicagoland” Rules NBC Chicago: These include Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who’s shown calling the mayor a “liar” while discussing her myriad problems with his education policies.)


House GOP, Democrats Hit Arne Duncan on NCLB Waivers PK12: Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, chastised Duncan, who testified before his panel today, for what he sees as a lack of consistency when it comes to the No Child Left Behind waivers.Rep. George Miller, D-Calif, who is slated to retire after this Congress, raised a red flag about whether the waivers are hindering student equity.

Kline Takes Arne Duncan To Task Over Special Education Funding HuffPost: Educational funding for students with disabilities became the subject of yet another heated partisan argument with no resolution at a budget hearing Tuesday, after Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) attacked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the subject. See also PK12

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers HuffPost: According to the report, a majority of America’s future teachers now come from the bottom two-thirds of their college classes –- a problem the report partially attributes to an education

Enrollment At Nation’s Largest For-Profit Charter Operator Still Growing Despite Lawsuits, Regulatory Problems BuzzFeed: In their quarterly earnings call today, K12 reported that enrollment has grown yet again, swelling to 125,000 students — an increase of more than 5% since March of last year. Their revenue, which topped $235 million, actually exceeded analysts’ estimates, as did their operating margins. Net income was $15.9 million.

Computer-adaptive tests in Va. may be quicker Washington Post: The traditional seventh-grade math test took about 40 minutes longer to complete for the majority of test takers statewide last spring than a new version that was tried out by a small number of students this year, education officials reported.

See below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso) for more news.

 In L.A., parents tell district, ‘Do with us, not to us’ EdSource Today: Parents in Los Angeles agree the state’s new school funding law, known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), is a good thing in terms of opening the district up to greater parent engagement. The problem is no one is quite sure what the relationship is supposed to look like.

Alex Caputo-Pearl wins runoff to lead L.A. teachers union LA Times:Caputo-Pearl was a young, activist teacher when he helped lead the Bus Riders Union, co-founded a group to organize against the growing influence of standardized testing and helped start a bloc within the union to push for liberal-leaning issues.

Under Legislative Pressure, N.Y. Delays Licensing-Test Deadline TeacherBeat: New York will allow candidates more time to pass a performance-based licensing test.

Behind Focus on College Assaults, a Steady Drumbeat by Students NYT: Successful lawsuits by women, a stepped-up enforcement of civil rights and the political savvy of student groups have converged to tackle the problem on campuses.

Video: Graduating student has epic fail with backflip NBC: A graduating student at Davenport University was so excited when he got his diploma that he tried to do a backflip onstage. Instead, he hit the stage with a thud.

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