New Discipline Policy Approved

New Discipline Policy Approved


Today’s news: The Board approved the new discipline policy. Former TFA Chicago head John White is battling Republican governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana. There aren’t enough librarians.

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…

Board of Education approves new CPS discipline code Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said officials have spoken to charter networks to encourage them to sign on to the district’s disciplinary code and said “what we are exploring now is the legality in terms of whether we can force the …

CPS board warned of drought of librarians Chicago Sun-Times: She later told reporters the projections were made by a group of Chicago Teachers Union librarians using data collected by the union. And despite promises from the district, Cusick said 31 of the 50 schools that received children from closed schools do …

The New Machine: Charter Schools ChicagoNow: Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of theChicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.


Common Core: Jindal ally blasts move as illegal Politico: On Wednesday, he ramped up his rhetoric considerably, telling POLITICO in an interview that Jindal is breaking the law, trampling the state constitution — and crushing the dreams of low-income minority students.

Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids ProPublica:  Teachers, high school principals and the U.S. Department of Education have all endorsed the idea of limiting the use of restraints to emergencies. But lobbies representing school district leaders and boards have combined with congressional Republicans to stymie such legislation.

Education Sec. Arne Duncan on The Future of Learning WNYC: This initiative, called Early Childhood Nation, would be the first to incorporate the latest brain science into actual pre-school programs. This program is also aims to help public schools prepare kids to start kindergarten, and it addresses the need for day care. Early Childhood Nation is funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, which is already funding  actual programs for schools and home called Vroom.

Classroom Confusion: What Is the Common Core? NBC News: The Common Core has been at the center of controversy at many school districts. But what exactly does this new academic standard mean for students? (

Ed Dept. Expected to Release Draft Criteria for State Tests This Summer PK12: A top official from the U.S. Department of Education is spreading the word here at a student-assessment conference: A draft of the criteria that will shape the way the department approves states’ tests will be issued this summer.


De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a series of changes to make it easier for special-needs students in New York to receive private schooling at public expense.

Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Tool Box NPR: Boys are suspended — and drop out — at higher rates than girls. An Oakland, Calif., educator is trying to change that.

California special ed to get federal intervention EdSource Today: The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday that California special education programs need federal intervention, citing the lack of significant academic progress for students with special needs. California is one of three states, along with Texas and Delaware, designated for a one-year program of intervention.

D.C. considers guaranteeing preschool across most of city Washington Post: The District’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries has generated plenty of pushback, but it also includes at least one far-reaching idea that appears to have strong support: guaranteeing access to pre-kindergarten for students who live in-bounds for high-poverty schools.

Educational technology isn’t leveling the playing field Hechinger Report: The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood of Chestnut Hill seems to belong to a different universe. Here, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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