"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids

Today’s news roundup include information about the pension deposit SNAFU, more about Quinn’s union endorsements, a bit of followup on the Simeon program cuts. We already knew that “Chicagoland” included staged scenes, but now we find out that one of the students featured in the documentary  was shot and wounded. There was an NPR segment about the “you don’t know us” letter written by some Chicago students, and lots of recommendations from the big truancy report. Thanks for all the comments over the weekend — even the crazy ones.

‘You Don’t Really Know Us,’ Chicago Kids Tell News Media NPR: Tired of bad publicity, fifth-graders write an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune that includes this line: “This isn’t Chi-raq. This is home. This is us.

Report: Chicago Needs to Do More to Curb Truancy Epidemic District Dossier: A 150-page report by a task force on truancy in Chicago Public Schools proposed wide ranging reforms on both the local and state levels to cut absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools.

Computer glitch delays teachers’ pension deposits; checks can be picked up at Loop office Sun Times: Retired Chicago Public Schools teachers did not receive the scheduled electronic deposit of their August pension payments on Friday, the pension fund said. The money should show up by Tuesday, but teachers who need the money sooner can pick up a check in person.

‘Human Error’ Blamed on CPS Pension Check Delay DNAinfo: Jack Silver, chairman of the Chicago Teachers Union’s pension insurance committee, said he’s been in contact with the fund’s administrators, who told him that the issue occurred when the fund tried to transfer money to its bank, which is Chase.

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race NBC Chicago: The IFT includes the Chicago Teachers Union and is affiliated with anti-Rauner Illinois Freedom PAC, which recently donated $1.4 million to Quinn’s re-election campaign.

Elected Officials Meet With CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett, Want Simeon’s …
Chicago Defender: IL. State Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-16), Sen. Donne Trotter (D-17) and Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago) of the 31st district met Friday with Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett to discuss bringing two of Simeon Career Academy’s cut programs.

South Side high schooler featured on CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ series shot, wounded Sun Times: A South Side high school student who was featured on the CNN series “Chicagoland” was shot and wounded Saturday, his family said.

Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN ‘Chicagoland’ scenes Chicago Tribune: “We need the mayor on the phone in his SUV, in city hall with key advisers and his kitchen cabinet and meeting with CPS head BBB (Barbara Byrd-Bennett) and with CPD (Superintendent Garry) McCarthy.”

13 Illinois Private Schools That Could Cost You an Arm and a Leg Huffington Post: In 2013, Illinois public schools spent an average of $11,842 per student in total expenses ($7,000 if measured strictly for classroom expenses), according to the Illinois State Board of Education’s State Report Card.


Out-of-state group touting charter schools expands to Boston Boston Globe: Families for Excellent Schools , a nonprofit that has been mobilizing parents in New York City to push for more charter schools is expanding to Boston, a potential boost for local charter school supporters seeking to rebound after a crushing defeat last month.

Celebrated Trial Lawyer to Head Group Challenging Teacher Tenure NYT: Mr. Boies, the son of two public schoolteachers, is a lifelong liberal who represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore and prosecuted Microsoft in the Clinton Administration’s antitrust suit. In aligning himself with a cause that is bitterly opposed by teachers’ unions, he is emblematic of an increasingly fractured relationship between the Democrats and the teachers’ unions.

Amid Criticism, States Gear Up For Common Core NPR: Delaware Gov. Jack Markell co-chaired the Common Core State Standards Initiative. He speaks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the set of standards, and responds to its critics.

Legislatures taking state education into their own hands Washington Post: The backlash against the Common Core has prompted lawmakers in at least 12 states to get more involved in setting their own K-12 academic standards, injecting politics into a process usually conducted in obscurity by bureaucrats.

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core NPR: Many people don’t realize it’s a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR’s Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.


Forgoing School To Pay The Bills NPR: In one predominantly Latino neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., young people are working instead of going to school at four times the national average.

D.C. charter school educates parents alongside children WPost: The images in the book were bright and the words simple, but many of the women in the classroom hesitated as they sounded out each sentence.

L.A. Unified school board race turns negative, focuses on reputation LA Times: George McKenna has the sort of resume that would appear to make him a natural frontrunner in an important contest this month for the Los Angeles Board of Education.

In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math NPR: The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.



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  • I love that the counter narrative comes from students. I regularly
    tell people Chicago is nothing like the news. I will be glad when there is a more balanced portrayal of our city that recognizes that everyone is not criminal or incompetent.

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