Pre-Halloween news roundup: A reluctant endorsement for Quinn/Vallas. Dyett isn’t done deal yet. Waukegan strike seems settled – but not before things got ugly. The Minneapolis school board race has generated $500,000 in campaign donations. Suburban district consortium asks for more testing flexibility. Taylor Swift donates to NYC schools.
Endorsing the Unendorsable Pat Quinn CPS Chatter: It’s been awhile, but I felt a real need to post again. This time, it’s about the race for Illinois Governor and it’s something I do not because I want to as much as I feel that I have to. I’m no fan of Governor Quinn. I downright despise his running mate Paul Vallas. However, I am throwing my support to him and I am asking everybody who either teaches or cares about education in the state of Illinois to do the same.
Rival says Emanuel has given up on schools, crime Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given up on Chicago’s public safety and its public schools, new mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Wednesday in his first public appearance since announcing his fledgling campaign.
Latest polls show Rahm very beatable. Mike Klonsky: Garcia’s potential vote total, along with challenger Bob Fioretti’s, together would likely be strong enough to deny Rahm Emanuel a first-round victory like the one he enjoyed in 2011, when he got 55% of the vote.
Gale School to Receive Extra Help From CPS, Alderman Says DNA Info: The school has struggled academically and has been plagued with facility problems, such as lead paint.
Harper high school evacuated, nine taken to hospital after gas leak Reuters: A Chicago high school was evacuated on Wednesday due to a natural gas leak and nine students were taken to local hospitals as a precautionary measure, all in good condition, police said.
Restructuring to close 9 Chicago Catholic schools AP: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has adopted a restructuring plan for its school system that includes closings and consolidations…
Changing the conversation on the city’s charter schools Crain’s Chicago Business: For example, according to Chicago Public Schools, the top 12 performing open enrollment public high schools in 2014 on the ACT, which measures college readiness, are charter schools.
Streets and Sanitation preparing for winter even worse than last Chicago Sun-Times: The city’s snow fleet also includes 19 new salt spreaders and four new 4X4 trucks to clear a path to Chicago Public Schools.
DYETT NOT DONE YET
Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory: Mitchell Chicago Sun-Times: “Will Burns sat down with Barbara Byrd Bennett and it was done in an hour,” he said. On Wednesday, Burns sent me a bundle of documents recapping his advocacy on behalf of Dyett High School. “A slew of organizations fought hard to keep it open.
Chicago Education Activists Warn Of More ‘Civil Disobedience’ Over Dyett High … Progress Illinois: “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site, and we look forward to working with the community to develop a new high-quality option for students living in the neighborhood,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett …
The rise of the anti-standardized testing movement The Answer Sheet: The Massachusetts Teachers Association is holding teacher-led testing forums across the state, and the Oregon Education Association is working with state officials to design a possible new assessment system.
REALLY, YOU WANT AN ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD?
The sea of cash in the Minneapolis school-board race just became a tsunami MinnPost: Along with six-figure spending by state and local unions, the eye-popping donations bring the total amount of cash going to influence the race to easily twice what many candidates for state office spend on competitive races.
Tensions Flare In Illinois After School Board Member Tells Parents To ‘Shut Up’ AP: A packed crowd at the Waukegan High School auditorium for a school board meeting Tuesday night grew agitated after board members announced they would allow only 45 minutes for public comment, according to video. In response to jeers, school board member Victoria Torres leapt off the stage and into the crowd, where she scolded teachers and parents. “Alright, let’s go! I’m a parent too! Yeah, sit down and shut up. Yeah, shut up!” Torres told the crowd. See also Tribune
ALL ABOUT TESTING
Large Suburban Districts Call for More Testing Flexibility District Dossier: The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing. See also PK12.
School districts uncertain about new tests Washington Post: Leaders of school districts that expect to administer one of two major new standardized tests next spring linked to the Common Core math and reading standards are worried they don’t have enough computers, bandwidth or personnel to administer the new online exams, according to a survey of educators released Thursday.
SAT Cheating Inquiry Delays Scores for South Korea and China NYT: The Educational Testing Service said it had reliable information that tests had been compromised for thousands of South Korean and Chinese students applying to American colleges and universities. See also TIME.
Taylor Swift to Donate ‘Welcome to New York’ Proceeds to NYC Public Schools AP: The singer announced on “The View” today that she’s donating the proceeds from the sale of her single, “Welcome to New York,” to New York City Public Schools. See also ChalkbeatNY
Arne Duncan, Bill Haslam talk achievement, not ‘Common Core’ The Tennessean: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan repeated some of his recent praise Tuesday for Tennessee’s improved scores on national assessments and accepting an “honest” system for student proficiency standards.
CHARTERS & TECH
For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way Hechinger Report: Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. But, when they talk about their school, which opened in August 2013, no one emphasizes technology.
Students Watch as Blast Destroys Science Projects NBC News: Houston area students, who were watching on TV, as well as a group who were on-site, watch as their science experiments are lost when the rocket carrying them to the ISS explodes. KPRC’s Jennifer Bauer reports.
Marysville in Mourning, Prepares for a Return to Classes NBC News: Students, teachers and parents prepare for return to classes at Marysville, Washington’s, Pilchuck High School, in the wake of a deadly school shooting. KING’s Natalie Swaby reports.
Education advocates file amicus brief to dismiss D.C. charters’ funding lawsuit Washington Post: Fourteen public education advocates and two organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the attorney general’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the District has failed to provide equal funding to charter and traditional schools.
Assessors Take the Pulse of New York’s Pre-K Expansion WNYC: Assessors from the research firms Westat and Metis Associates are contacting principals and center directors, teachers, children, and parents. The firms will conduct surveys, interviews, and evaluations at 200 pre-k programs as part of a $2 million assessment.