New Budget Hits Local Schools

New Budget Hits Local Schools

Today’s news: A closer look at the new CPS budget (and its impact on local schools). Plus national news as the Vergara lawsuit gets filed in New York , and the President unveils a new teacher equity initiative. 


Neighborhood high schools again take hit in new CPS budget WBEZ: Schools with more than $1 million slashed from their budgets are overwhelmingly the city’s public neighborhood high schools.

CPS budgets for another bare-bones year Chicago Sun-Times: he odds of reform before next February’s mayoral election are slim, particularly with CTU PresidentKaren Lewis now flirting with a run. But those political realities don’t lessen the on-the-ground realities.

Big budget cuts hit high schools, welcoming schools Catalyst: Last school year drew to a somber close as thousands of children said goodbye to familiar teachers and schools and looked toward a fall in an unfamiliar place. Now, many of these students are facing uncertainty once again as their new schools grapple with steep budget cuts.



Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men NPR: For five years running, 100 percent of the graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies have won admission to four-year colleges. The schools work to promote positive examples of black masculinity.


Free lunch for all in Chicago Public Schools starts in September WBEZ: Under a relatively new program called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) all school meals will be free starting in September 2014, the district confirmed to WBEZ Thursday. Although the CPS initially rejected the program in 2011, it had expanded it to 400 schools by last fall.

3 CPS students accused of robbing, raping girl, 16, on South Side Sun Times: Three Chicago Vocational Careery Academy students have been charged with robbing and raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off a CTA bus on the South Side.

How to make Chicago schools safe Chicago Sun-Times: With one of the highest suspension rates in the nation, one might think the Chicago Public Schoolswould be at a loss for alternatives. But restorative justice is one alternative, and it belongs in every school discipline plan

WTTW Digital Series on Selective Enrollment High School Admission – 5 students CPS Obsessed: WTTW has done a nice web series on the SE enrollment process, following 5 kids from different elementary schools through the process.   The episodes are a nice length – 15-18 minutes each, so it’s easy viewing.


Lawsuit Challenges New York’s Teacher Tenure Laws NYT: In the wake of a landmark court decision in California, an education advocacy group says the laws violate the State Constitution’s guarantee of a “sound basic education.”

Teacher tenure under fire Marketplace: The lawsuit comes on the heels of another challenge to tenure laws, in California. In that case, an LA judge said tenure laws, “have deprived students of the quality education they’re entitled to.”

New Obama Initiative Stresses Equal Access To Good Teachers HuffPost: By April 2015, states must submit “comprehensive educator equity plans” that detail how they plan to put “effective educators” in front of poor and minority kids. To help states write the plans, the Education Department will create a $4.2 million “Education Equity Support Network.” And this fall, the Education Department will publish “Educator Equity profiles” that highlight which states and districts fare well or poorly on teacher equity.

NEA Calls for Secretary Duncan’s ResignationTeacherBeat: In a surprising vote at the Representative Assembly on July 4, delegates passed a new business item calling for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to resign.

Why more states are backing off Common Core PBS: One major battleground, a growing list of states that are dropping the Common Core standards. Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina have done so. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an order for his state to join them. But now even places committed to keeping the guidelines are deciding to slow things down.

Big Data Comes To College NPR: The  exploding field of “learning analytics” raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.


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