Just as CPS is approving more Safe Passage schools, fighting and after-school violence breaks out at a couple of schools. Meanwhile, CPS announces first-day attendance figures — Catalyst points out that the number is always somehow higher than the previous year (and is mostly symbolic, anyway). Elsewhere, EdWeek ponders the education impact of Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his retirement. And a new report from NYC finds that only about 5 percent of high-poverty schools have student proficiency rates above 50 percent.
Bronzeville School Evacuated After Fight Breaks Out CBS Local: Cell phone video shot by a student shows the school-wide evacuation after someone pulled a fire alarm around noon. What it doesn’t show was the all-out brawl that broke out in the halls afterward.
Teen boy critically wounded, girl shot in South Side attack among 8 wounded Sun Times: Two Dunbar Career Academy High School students were shot and wounded on the border between Chicago’s Englewood and Park Manor neighborhoods Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
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City Hall sit-in wins concessions for Dyett High School students Chicago Sun-Times: “We appreciate the mayor’s staff that are being responsive but we’re not satisfied until all the students’ demands are met, and most importantly, until Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Board of Education and (CPS CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett sign onto Dyett Global…
School board takes on cleanliness controversy WBEZ: The parent who read the comment, Jennie Biggs, has three children at Sheridan Elementary in Bridgeport and is also part of a parent group called Raise Your Hand. That group released the results of an informal survey they did over the last week, which got 162 responses across 60 schools.
First-day attendance Catalyst: Continuing a kind of dubious tradition started by former CEO Arne Duncan, officials announced Wednesday that first-day attendance was better than ever this year. Accountability Chief John Barker told board members at their monthly meeting that 93.7 percent of enrolled students showed up on the first day of class — which is ever so slightly higher than last year’s 93.5 percent rate.
Elementary School Test Prep: Pros and Cons CPS Obsessed: Pros: What can it hurt? Kid gets extra learning time. Cons: Gives some kids in the system a possible unfair edge over others (typically meaning that higher socio-economic kids get an advantage)
The Challenges of a Youth Complicated by Poverty WNYC: Daniel Cardinali is president of Communities in Schools, a federated network of nonprofits that are locally controlled, locally financed, and aim to bring case workers and resources to at-risk students and communities that need it most. And he argues that to help students like Jairo, education policy makers need to change some of their assumptions about how school works.
Attorney General Holder to Step Down, Promoted Changes in School Discipline EdWeek: In the education world, he is perhaps best known for his efforts to address disproportionately high discipline rates for students from certain racial and ethnic groups. Alongside U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Holder also encouraged schools to step back from zero-tolerance policies that the two said could sometimes lead to heavy-handed punishments for minor rule violations.
Winners of Federal Teacher-Prep Grants Include Many Familiar Names Teacher Beat: Two-thirds of grantees have been funded in the past, but the results of their efforts aren’t clear.
NYC charter schools help poor kids hit 50% pass rate, says report by pro-charter group NY Daily News: A survey by Families for Excellent Schools found that only 46 of 925 high-poverty city schools surveyed reached 50% pass rates — and half of those were charter schools.
With Climbing Graduation Rates Come Renewed Doubts Texas Tribune: In a decade, Texas has gone from an example of the nation’s dropout crisis to the second-highest graduation rate in the country. But that climb has not been matched by success in measures of college and career readiness.
D.C. Says It Now Knows Why Forty Percent Of Students Don’t Graduate WAMU: Forty percent of ninth graders in D.C. public schools don’t graduate on time, and now city officials say they have identified some of the characteristics and challenges faced by those students. See also Washington Post