CPS Proposes Softer Discipline Policy

CPS Proposes Softer Discipline Policy

Today’s news:  CPS wants to soften the discipline policy at tomorrow’s Board meeting (see Sun-Times, Tribune, and Catalyst coverage). Interesting things going on at Alcott and Lindblom. At $62,000, Chicago tops teacher pay for a BA plus five years among big districts, according to NCTQ. New York may be the site of the first Vergara-style lawsuit against teacher job protections. 

CPS chief aims to cut suspensions, expulsions of young kids Chicago Sun-Times: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Monday that she will formally ask the board on Wednesday to revise the Student Code of Conduct to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions throughout the district, moving it away from a “zero tolerance”…

CPS easing up on discipline policy Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union, which has been among a number of groups working with the district on the revisions, said the proposed changes are a step in the right direction. But the union called on CPS to add social workers, counselors, conflict …

Student Code of Conduct set to change as district aims to curb discipline Catalyst: Aiming to rein in one of the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the country, Chicago Public Schools is again set to revise its Student Code of Conduct with the goal of creating more uniformity in how schools handle discipline.

How the Common Core Supports Capital In These Times: Glenn Beck and Karen Lewis, state’s rights proponents and Gates critics, anti-standardized testing skeptics right and left — all are lining up to pillory a policy that counts Randi Weingarten, Jeb Bush, and the National Parent Teacher Association…

Report: CPS Closings Limited Parental Involvement, Adversely Affected Children Progress Illinois: “Nonetheless, CPS promised to provide more resources, and indeed after the school year began this year, [CPS CEO] Barbara Byrd-Bennett hailed the school closings as a positive thing because children were getting more resources.”

Field of Dreams Developing at Lincoln Park’s Alcott Elementary DNA Info: Parents have scored some cash in their effort to replace the current mudhole with a playing surface.

Lindblom High: A South Side success story Sun Times (Andy Shaw): Lindblom High School, a one-time educational gem in West Englewood that bottomed out a decade ago, came roaring back to reclaim its old glory as a beacon of opportunity for its students and staff, and a symbol of pride for its neighbors


LA Unified teachers, on average, rank fifth nationally in salary LA School Report: The top four districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ( $52,278), Hawaii ($50,728) and Houston ($47,273), with LA Unified next, at $46,794, according to the NCTQ data.


New York State Challenge Planned on Teacher Tenure Law WSJ: Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who has been a critic of job protections for teachers, launched the group, Partnership for Educational Justice, in December. She said six students have agreed to serve as plaintiffs, arguing they suffered from laws making it too expensive, time-consuming and burdensome to fire bad teachers.

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth NYT: With the increased recognition that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to become advocates.

With Common Core as Backdrop, Legislators Seek Power Over Standards State EdWatch: Ten states have adopted laws in the last 18 months that place new restrictions or other requirements on state school boards as they consider adopting standards

A few text messages can help students go to college Vox: Each year, students who seem like they should be going to college — their transcripts look college-ready, they’ve applied and been accepted and even applied for financial aid — don’t show up for class in the fall. In some communities, the attrition rate over the summer can be as  high as 40 percent; nationally, it’s estimated to be between 10 and 20 percent.

Jeb Bush Denounces Obama Rule to Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable Huffington Post: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) last week denounced President Obama’sproposed “gainful employment” rule, which is aimed at holding accountable those career education programs that take taxpayer dollars.

Wallace Foundation aims to help school leaders get better, donates $30 million Washington Post:  Fourteen school systems around the country, including the District and Prince George’s County, will receive grants totaling $30 million to improve the effectiveness of unsung middle managers in large urban districts — those who supervise principals.

60 years of presidential fitness campaigns, and obesity is worse than ever Vox: The next time you see Apple’s ubiquitous ad touting the new fitness-tracking features for the iPhone, pay attention to the song in the background.

‘Ivory Tower’ explores why American higher education is so pricey PBS NewsHour:  The American higher education system has long been regarded as a crowning achievement. But these days, the focus has been more on its problems, rising tuition bills that stoke ballooning debt, too many students who never graduate, misplaced and overly lavish expenditures on facilities and housing and much more. A new documentary, “Ivory Tower,” looks at a range of such issues. It opens in many U.S. cities this month.


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    State law does not prevent insider dealing and self-enrichment by those who operate schools

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