Today’s news roundup: Emanuel admits it was a mistake to name the new school after Obama — but isn’t changing his views on legalized pot. The CPS Board of Education focused on janitorial issues, approved more Safe Passage schools, and Dyett protests (at City Hall). Commenters debated the Board’s banning of a handful of advocates and wondered about political connections that still seem to determine who gets hired or fired in CPS. Plus: National news, teacher and parent news, and education news from other cities.
Emanuel says he ‘made a mistake’ in naming school after Obama Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he “made a mistake” in his “rush to honor” President Barack Obama — which is why he dropped plans to name a new, $60 million selective-enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss.
Emanuel ridicules Lewis for proposal to legalize and tax pot Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ridiculed Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis for suggesting that marijuana be legalized and taxed because it’s a “great revenue source.”
Emanuel, Lewis clash on legalizing, taxing marijuana Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday knocked down potential challenger Karen Lewis’ idea to legalize and tax marijuana, saying he doesn’t “think you should balance the budget by promoting recreational smoking of pot.”
Karen Lewis shares her views with McKinley Park residents The Gate News: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis drew a crowd of about 75 people during a forum Monday as part of the “Conversations with Karen” series that are being scheduled in neighborhoods across the city.
CPS promises to clean up custodial issues Chicago Tribune: District chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who was absent from Wednesday’s meeting because of what the district said was a family emergency, said earlier this month that the transition “has not been as smooth as we would like.”
Top CPS administrator grilled over janitorial contract Chicago Sun-Times: Facing an avalanche of complaints about the cleanliness ofChicago Public Schools since privatizing janitorial management, a top district administrator who recommended Aramark was grilled by Board of Education officials over the $260 million contract they …
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11 Dyett High School protesters arrested at City Hall, sources say WLS-TV: The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School wants Emanuel, the Chicago school board and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to sign an agreement indicating their “full support” for the school. See also DNA Info, Mike Klonsky.
Chicago schools getting more Safe Passage workers MyFox Chicago: Another 15,000 students at 27 more Chicago public schools will be seeing Safe Passage workers in their neon vests on their way to and from school.
Comings and Goings: Chapman Catalyst: Warren Chapman has been named Chief Advancement Officer at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. In this position he will manage activities related to analysis, planning, and execution of fundraising/development goals.
Is there too much testing in the public schools? PBS NewsHour: Alberto Carvalho is the superintendent of Miami-Dade County School District, who’s calling for changes. His district is dealing with dozens of mandated tests throughout the year. And Kathleen Porter-Magee is with the Partnership for Inner-City Education. She’s also a fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
White high school dropouts are wealthier than black or Latino college graduates Vox: When it comes to building wealth, whites have a vast advantage over their black and Hispanic peers. Writing at Demos, Matt Bruenig dug into the Federal Reserve’s latest Survey on Consumer Finances and found a huge wealth gap by race and ethnicity.
Three R’s For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control NPR: The World Maker Faire comes to one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Bill Clinton: Charter Schools Must Be Held To ‘The Original Bargain’ HuffPost: Charter schools have great potential, but they aren’t living up to their promise, former President Bill Clinton said late Tuesday night at a gathering of about 100 international philanthropists and businesspeople.
For a third year in a row, pro-charter groups plan large political rally ChalkbeatNY: Calling itself the “Coalition for Education Equality,” a group led by the pro-charter Families for Excellent Schools announced they will stage a large education rally on Oct. 2 at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan.
Chancellor to Schools: Focus on Social Studies WNYC: The city’s Department of Education is updating its social studies curriculum for the first time in nine years, and Chancellor Carmen Fariña made it clear she wants the subject to get more attention. See also ChalkbeatNY.
‘TIE Tuesday’ Making Positive Impact on Florida Students NBC News: A Florida grade school is seeing positive improvements in test scores by starting with how students see themselves. WFLA’s Rod Carter reports.
This Is How Denver Area High School Students Are Protesting Proposed Curriculum Changes Huffington Post: This week hundreds of students from schools in the Jefferson County School District have left class to protest a proposal from the school board that would modify the curriculum of a high school history class.
What makes a student “gifted”? This study says we’re getting it wrong Vox: A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper found that the students who benefit the most from gifted classrooms are students who aren’t gifted at all — at least, not as measured by intelligence tests. Instead, they’re students who scored well on standardized tests in previous years.
Teacher who talked of killer robots resigns, gets $92,000 settlement LA Daily News: A San Diego County teacher resigned after being investigated for talking in class about programming robots to shoot and kill students.
Center for Union Facts says Randi Weingarten is ruining nation’s schools Washington Post: The 11-page mailing, on expensive paper stock, was sent first class to 125,000 households across the country this week.
When the digital classroom meets the parents Marketplace APM: On a recent night at High Tech Los Angeles, a charter high school in Van Nuys, California, a group of parents got a lesson in just what that means. One of them was Nooneh Kradjain, who has two sons at the high school, and was busy scribbling notes. She said she was struck by how much things have changed since she was in school.
Michelle Obama delivers keynote address at UN education event Washington Post: First lady Michelle Obamadelivered the keynote address at a United Nation’s education event on Wednesday, focusing on providing girls around the world with quality education.