Offensive Test Question, Union's New Tax Proposal

Offensive Test Question, Union's New Tax Proposal

Welcome back — here’s the latest news: WBEZ has some followup on the immigration test question — it’s back! — CPS wants to add 2,500 alternative spots for kids, Karen Lewis wants the city to levy a new tax on stock transactions, and 30 percent of the spots at Obama High are going to go to neighborhood kids — whatever that means.  

Critics blast CPS immigration test question as offensive, inaccurate WBEZ: The district has quietly put the question back in its testing database with an “addendum” for teachers to read to aloud to students before they take the exam.

CPS aims to add 2500 slots for at-risk kids in alternative programs Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools will make more room for children who’ve dropped out, fallen far behind or need alternative plans to complete school under a plan to add 2,500 more seats in “options” programs unveiled Friday.

Seven more alternative schools, 2,500 more seats for dropouts planned Catalyst: Less than a year after expanding the number of alternative schools run by outside groups, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett proposed opening another seven campuses and increasing enrollment at four existing schools to serve a total of 2,500 more dropouts.

Should suburban school districts hire lobbyists? Chicago Daily Herald: U-46, the state’s second-largest school district with more than 40,000 students, still doesn’t have the clout of Chicago Public Schools,

CTU Head Karen Lewis Calls For Tax On Stock, Futures Transactions To Pay  CBS: The head of the Chicago Teachers Union is touting a tax on stock trades and other transactions to help close a pension gap without cutting benefits for retired teachers.

Here’s your say on Karen Lewis Chicago Sun-Times: If the union leadership constantly worked in tandem with the school board in an effort to improve teacher performance, the overall system, our children would be the beneficiaries. Rather, Karen Lewis lashes out at every appointment, and opposes every idea.

$70,000 worth of iPads stolen from West Side school Sun Times: Burglars smashed windows of a West Side elementary school and nabbed 141 iPads valued at more than $70,000 early on Memorial Day.

Obama College Prep Will Make Room for Kids From the Neighborhood, CPS Says DNAinfo: Neighborhood students will get 30 percent of the spots, but boundaries are still unclear, CPS said.


Unlikely Allies Uniting to Fight School Changes NYT: Unlikely coalitions of teachers, lawmakers and parents from the left and right are increasingly banding together to push back against what they see as onerous changes in education policy. Some have Tea Party Republicans and teachers unions on the same side.


Meadow Homes 4th Graders Embrace Common Core Standards NPR: The Common Core State Standards have roiled state legislatures across the country and frustrated some parents. But what do kids think of them? We visit a school in California’s Bay Area to find out.


Girls in STEM to take center stage at White House Science Fair  PBS: In an effort to address gender gaps in scientific research and careers, this year’s fair will focus on girls and women who are excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics–known widely in the education community as STEM.


D.C. Tops Charts For Pre-K Enrollment WAMU: The rate of pre-Kindergarten enrollment is higher in D.C. than all 50 states, according to a new report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

At a South LA school, change without a battle over ‘parent trigger’ law Hechinger Report: A group of parents threatening to invoke California’s controversial “parent trigger” law has spurred Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials to sign a partnership agreement addressing the parents’ top concerns at an elementary school in South Los Angeles.

Dallas Approves Plan to Link Teacher Pay to Evaluation TeacherBeat: Dallas will implement a performance-pay system similar to the one that its superintendent designed for a Colorado district.

Kids, Parents Are Embracing The Walking School Bus AP: As a group of children walked home together from school in Providence, they held hands and played the “I Spy” guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult accompanying them prodded, “What’s the rule?”

As Ballot Count Nears, City’s Teachers Debate Whether to Ratify Contract NYT: With less than two weeks before ballots are counted, details about health care and retroactive pay are the biggest concerns among New York City teachers.

L.A. Unified shifting ‘teacher jails’ to homes LA Times: As of Tuesday, Los Angeles teachers suspended amid misconduct investigations will be allowed to remain at home rather than report during the workday to district offices — known within the profession as “teacher jails.”

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