Today’s education news: The Board changed the way schools will be ranked – a little. The union called for universal full-day preschool. Ted Oppenheimer emerged as the first donor to Karen Lewis’ campaign.Vallas warns against Rauner budget cuts. Emanuel’s super PAC supports friendly aldermen.
Chicago Board of Education changes how it ranks schools Chicago Sun-Times: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett did not present or discuss the changes or their implications at August’s monthly meeting, which for once, was sparsely attended. Rather, she championed myriad improvements CPS has seen since 2010, the year before …
School rating system gets tweaked Catalyst: Under the revised policy, schools will get two ratings: one based on the SQRP and one based solely on test scores. The higher of the two ratings would be their official rank in the district’s 5-tier system.
Teachers Union calls for full-day universal preschool WLS-TV: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett responded to the unions call, saying, “Since he took office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has committed to providing families in every neighborhood with access to early childhood education programs.
Karen Lewis’ first mayoral campaign donor has education ties Chicago Sun-Times: The head of a not-for-profit organization that awards grants to Chicago public school teachers is the first contributor to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ potential mayoral campaign.
Vallas Warns Of ‘Devastating’ School Budget Cuts Under Rauner Chicagoist: That includes an $882 million loss in revenue to Chicago Public Schools, the largest public school system in Illinois. Vallas called the projected revenue loss “devastating” and could result in one out of every six public school teachers being laid off.
Emanuel super PAC makes first move to elect friendlier aldermen Chicago Sun-Times: The second and third questions cut to the chase of education issues that could dominate the mayoral campaign, particularly if Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis decides to challenge Emanuel.
Campbell Brown teacher tenure lawsuit likely to combine with NY group’s case Washington Post: Lawyers in New York working with former CNN anchor Campbell Brown on a legal challenge of teacher tenure have agreed to consolidate their case with an earlier complaint filed by a group of public school parents that also seeks to change job protections for teachers.
School Districts Praise Ed. Secretary for Recognizing Over-Reliance on Testing District Dossier: The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, which represents 16 districts across the country, applauded Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent statement that there is too much focus on standardized testing in the nation’s schools.
Arne Duncan to Head South for Annual Back-to-School Bus Tour PK12: This year’s trip, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8, to Wednesday, Sept. 10, will take the secretary and senior department officials to schools in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Head Start grantees flagged for quality concerns state-by-state Washington Post: So far, about 360 of the nation’s 1,700 Head Start grantees have been required to compete for new funds, according to government data.
Comptroller, NYC Mayor Face Off on Pre-K Readiness WNYC: He said the mayor’s office is late to submit contracts with pre-k providers for his approval — he’s reviewed 141 contracts, out of more than 500, or about 28 percent. Without the contracts, he said he can’t check for fraud and corruption and ensure classroom safety.