CPS says that grad rates are up 4 percent over last year — what do you think? Meantime, an old video of Karen Lewis suggests she might have changed her mind about job training. Plus: Dyett, Youth Alternative, etc. In comments: charter schools already started, and longer school days should or shouldn’t require extra pay. Elsewhere, LA is doing its iPad contract over. More Chicago education news throughout the day at @district299.
CPS graduation rate jumps 4% to record high Chicago Sun-Times: With the start of the school year less than a week away, it is a good time to step back and consider where we are, the progress we’ve made, and the work we have yet to do. W
Emanuel, Byrd-Bennett say CPS graduation rate up 4% in 1 year Chicago Sun-Times: The latest evidence of progress at Chicago Public Schools is a record high school graduation rate of 69.4 percent for the last school year, a 4 percent increase from just a year ago.
Old video suggests shift in Karen Lewis’ views on job training Chicago Sun-Times: Now, a videotaped interview of Lewis has surfaced in which the possible mayoral challenger appears to be arguing just the opposite.
Teachers get creative to find time for professional development Catalyst: On a sunny August morning, several dozen teachers from a range of schools crowded into the cafeteria of Prieto Math and Science Academy in Belmont-Cragin. No children were in the room. On this day, teachers were the students, and the class was the Lesson Study Alliance’s summer institute.
Dyett Protesters Say CPS is Urging Students to Abandon School DNAinfo: Dyett High School students are being urged by CPS to abandon the school immediately, before its final year begins, according to protesters trying to keep the school open.
Latino Youth Alternative School teachers to vote on union contract Catalyst: Nearly five years after they started organizing to form a union, teachers at the alternative Latino Youth High School in Pilsen say they’re preparing to vote on their first labor contract.
North Shore schools to add program for at-risk students Tribune: Local officials on the North Shore are hoping to soon launch a new education program that would provide vocational training to eligible students at Glenview’s Wagner Farm.
LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes internal emails KPCC: Three days after KPCC published internal emails showing top L.A. Unified officials and executives from Pearson and Apple met and discussed bringing tablet-driven education software to the classroom, the school district announced Monday it will cancel the contract with Apple and Pearson and open its one-to-one technology project to new bids.
D.C. Extends Day At 25 Schools, Hoping That More Time Means Better Scores WAMU: Students at 25 D.C. public schools will stay in school longer every day, a move that city officials hope will help struggling students catch up with their peers.
Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos AP: Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.
A Tale Of Two Dueling Childhood Education Initiatives Seattle Public Radio: This fall, Seattle voters will choose between two early childhood education ballot initiatives. If you want to weigh in on the issue, you’ll have to pick a favorite – even if you want neither to pass. KUOW Education Reporter Ann Dornfeld gives us the latest on the two competing ballot initiatives .
Michigan Unions Brace For Teacher Opt-out Decision AP: Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year. Other major unions, covered by multi-year contracts, won’t reach the opt-out point until 2015 or later.
Support staff growth modest here, while nationally it explodes Seattle Times: While public school enrollment in Washington has surged by more than 23 percent since 1990, the state still employs roughly the same number of school support staff as it did a generation ago, making us either admirably lean or in dire need of more classroom aides – depending on your perspective.
Rick Scott Unveils New Education Initiatives To Calm Common Core Critics Reuters: Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, unveiled two new education initiatives on Monday aimed at calming critics of “common core” national curriculum standards and countering his main Democratic rival’s attacks on his record.
Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges NYT: A series of federal surveys of selective colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off — less than 15 percent by some measures — even though there was a huge increase over that time in the number of such students going to college.
Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software NPR: One company and its algorithms are changing the way America’s schools handle classroom ethics.
Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? NPR: Classroom enables a teacher to create a “class” at the touch of a button. She or he can upload syllabus materials, whether text, audio, or video, and send out assignments on the class news feed.
New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school Washington Post: Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time. And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.
Op-Ed Contributor: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services NYT: Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.