Tuesday CPS News Grab-Bag

Tuesday CPS News Grab-Bag

Today’s education news is a grab-bag of items: asbestos problems at Saucedo, testing debated nearly everywhere, pending City Council approval of the $28 million sale of the Board of Education building downtown, a parents’ PAC for SW Side Dore Elementary. Nationally, schools are dealing with Ebola fears, and learning more about the Seattle area high school shooting.

After Teachers Die of Cancer, Parents Want Little Village School Cleaned Up DNAinfo: CPS officials said they are working to address asbestos found in parts of the school.

Urban Educators Debate Testing in National Town Hall Education Week News: Just this week, Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennet tannounced that she was seeking a one-year delay on using PARCC tests…

Chicago Public Schools Unloads its Downtown HQ for $28M Curbed: The vintage 20 story Loop office tower that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has long called its home base will be sold to a developer for $28 million. The Chicago Board of Education approved the deal last week, and now the City Council has to sign off on …

Parents form PAC Catalyst: Frustrated parents from an overcrowded Southwest Side elementary school have taken the unusual step of forming a political action committee. Dore, in Clearing, has 673 students but was built for 400, and, as of last year, with mobile units was 127 percent over capacity,  according to CPS standards.

‘Chuy’ is running for mayor Klonsky: Between now and February, we are in for a ride. Emanuel’s nearly $9 million campaign fund dwarfs the $15,000 Garcia has in storage. He’ll need, he says, $3 million to be competitive.


A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College NYT: Michael Bloomberg’s charity announced an effort to reduce the number of poor students who excel in high school and fail to get through college.

Empowering students with disabilities to find exercise they love PBS NewsHour: Physical education for these students in Miami, Florida, looks nothing like the calisthenics and kickball of yesteryear. The teenagers from American Senior High School are getting ready for a workout at Oleta River State Park on Biscayne Bay.

U.S. News rolls out global university rankings, with some surprises Washington Post: On Tuesday, the magazine declared Harvard best in the world — one of nine U.S. and three British universities listed ahead of the Ivy League school in New Jersey.

Students Finding New Ways to Sneak Pot into School NBC News: Colorado’s marijuana decriminalization moved the drug from the parking lot to the classroom and teachers are trying to keep it out of school.


Judge orders D.C. charter to stop payments to company founded by school leaders Washington Post: A Superior Court judge ordered a D.C. public charter school to stop payments to a private management company set up by the school’s founder,

NYC Officials Try to Calm Concerns Over Ebola in Schools WNYC: The letter, which was translated into nine languages, laid out several facts about the disease for families to understand “how low you and your child’s risk of Ebola exposure is.”

Washington School Gunman Used Texts to Gather Victims at Lunch, Police Say NYT: Jaylen Ray Fryberg’s final moments were etched into greater clarity Monday when the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said he had committed suicide. See also AP.

Cuomo will push new teacher evaluations, vows to bust school ‘monopoly’ if re-elected NY Daily News: Higher standards for teachers and competition from charter schools are needed to advance New York’s underperforming education system, Gov. Cuomo said during a meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board.

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  • Somehow, this didn't make it onto this website, but Time magazine's teacher-bashing cover has been the talk of the rest of the education world this week - http://tinyurl.com/kukoj9w

  • In reply to Ira Abrams:

    good comment, ira -- i didn't include it here since there wasn't a big chicago angle but i've been writing about it lots over at the other blog

    randi weingarten talks about it on MSNBC

    union response

    preliminary analysis (secret is that reformers don't all love the tenure lawsuit idea)

  • Everything the Chicago Board of Education touches turns to crap Any surprise about the current chaos? Not from me.

  • The most delightful irony of the cover is that the apple about to be gaveled to a pulp is clearly perfect, not rotten. As a teacher, I appreciate that honest, if over-subtly communicated, acknowledgement that reform is not really about getting rid of "bad" teachers after all.

  • In reply to Ira Abrams:

    here's a whole new post about the TIME cover, including posts from second city teacher (against) and ray salazar (for-ish)


  • The asbestos problems at Saucedo and at other schools and the fact that the Public Building Commission carried out asbestos removal at 88 schools in the summer of 2013 raises the question of capital priorities for CPS. I don't see many folks willing to back off on their legitimate requests for relief for school overcrowding, or a new building for the selective high school on the south west side, or for the expansion of Payton or the another new selective high on the near north side.

    If we add to this list the fact that the CPS bond rating is tanking, that CPS is borrowing against both anticipated property tax receipts and future state aid payments we have a major problem. As I see it CPS is trying to do a little bit of everything to keep as many constitutes as happy as possible.

    When the CPS capital plan is publicly discussed what I have heard at public hearings is many schools and communities fighting for different projects, all of which cost money. I am as guilty as any other party in relation to this because I have consistently advocated for more schools to be made physically accessiable which also costs money. The law which was passed in the General Assembly requiring longer term planning for capital projects simply has not worked,

    We have planning chaos that is driven by fiscal issues and constituent interests combined with political priorities coming from the Mayor's office. Add to this all the different pots of money, TIFs, PBC, state capital projects, CPS capital bond projects, and federal funding and we have one hell of a mess.

    Rod Estvan

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