The Board has banned 4 people from monthly meetings, says DNA. Karen Lewis coverage continues — including Jay Travis campaign leadership role. It’s Kindergarten application time for all yo CPS newbie parents. Arne Duncan declaims Ray Lewis and other NFL players with domestic abuse allegations against them. Plus: Lots of comments about Parent Power and IL RYH from yesterday, and national news.
As Lewis ponders mayoral run, CPS warns employees against improper political activity Chicago Sun-Times: That’s according to a letter, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday, from Barbara Byrd-Bennett to officials and employees of the Board of Education.
CPS Blacklist: Meet the Activists Banned From Board of Education Meetings DNA Info: Since December 2013, four people have been banned from attending the monthly meetings.
Karen Lewis Meets With Voters: ‘I’m Qualified To Be Mayor’ Progress Illinois: Lewis, who has donated $40,000 of her own money to her campaign fund, has to gather 12,500 signatures of registered voters in order to get on the ballot. Nomination petition sheets for the February election could begin circulating as early as August 26 and have to be filed no later than November 24.
Potential Karen Lewis Platform? Participatory Budgeting at CPS, City Hall DNAinfo: Karen Lewis stopped short of making any big announcements at a Southwest Side stop on her “Conversations with Karen” tour.
Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee Hyde Park Herald: Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee.
New parent group holds fair for all schools: public, private, charter Catalyst: CPS has endorsed the Oct. 4 fair and is requiring all district-run high schools to have a display. In the past, the district has run a high school fair and there was something called a New Schools Expo, which featured mostly charter schools. However, mostly the different types of schools, especially Catholic and other private schools, recruit students at different times and places.
Fall 2014 – Applying to Kindergarten / Elementary School CPS Obsessed: Bye mommy! Now you can look at Facebook all day long! Kindergarten/Elementary application time here! Welcome! After the long wait from infanthood, it is now time to being charting the waters of CPS elementary school. Applying has never been easier, now that it’s all online. Applications will be accepted starting October 1st.
Via Facebook: “Substance is finally back on line after being “down” for more than a week. It will take us a couple of days to get up all the stories that have lined up in the queue. But with this exciting year now in process, it will be fun. In 2015, Substance will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Not bad.”
New Study: Adequate Yearly Progress Not So Bad PK12: Some of AYP’s sanctions actually proved beneficial. Leadership and management changes associated with school restructuring— one of the most onerous sanctions for schools that chronically failed to meet AYP— yielded the most positive impact from schools.
New report reveals surprising facts about Hispanic children and teens WPost: Hispanic children, the largest minority group in public schools as well as the fastest growing, are increasingly showing up in preschool programs, have made significant gains on national math tests, and are posting record high school graduation rates, according to a new study released Wednesday. But they still lagged behind their white peers in academic achievement and were more likely to live in poverty and not finish college.
Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level NYT: A new study indicates that the higher the income level of a student’s family, the more adept the student will be on how to use the web.
Arne Duncan says Ray Rice, NFL send ‘terrible message’ Chicago Sun-Times: Education Secretary Arne Duncan has one message for Ray Rice and the NFL. And it’s that they’re both sending a “terrible message” to America’s youth. “These folks are so interested in making money, they’ve lost a sense of values.”
Camden Public School Activists Up in Arms WNYC: The bill, backed by the Christie Administration and passed 32-1 by the Democratic-controlled State Senate, loosens the restrictions on so-called “Renaissance Schools” in Camden, as well as in Newark and Trenton. Camden already has three “Renaissance Schools,” charter schools which work more closely with the district on enrollment and receive more funding than traditional charters.
Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams WAMU: Kojo sits down with Eric Williams, Loudoun County’s new superintendent, to talk about about the issues facing one of the area’s fastest-growing school systems.