Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes

Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes

Today’s news roundup: School funding bill not likely to get decided until January, reports AP. Is CTU still opposed to Common Core, asks Second City Teacher?  CPS is changing its new rating system — again — reports Catalyst. CTU poll suggests a runoff for Mayor. Shuttered Mulligan Elementary suffered a fire. Nationally, fewer than half of students will perform well on the new Common Core assessments, according to projections.

Common Core Fight? Second City Teacher: Teachers may have no idea today that our union opposes the Common Core. Instead, we get announcements for professional development classes at the union’s Quest Center on how to properly implement Common Core curriculum.

Illinois lawmakers refocus on possible school funding formula overhaul AP: Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and other Republicans have expressed concerns about the bill, which was proposed by a Democrat, passed by the Senate but not taken up last spring in the House. Top House Democrats held a series of private meetings on the issue over the summer.

Discipline reporting push Catalyst: Young advocates will go to Springfield this week to press lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it mandatory for school districts to release information on punitive discipline practices.

Another change proposed to rating policy Catalyst: Schools have yet to see the results for 2013-14 and now CPS is announcing yet another change. The CPS board meeting agenda posted this morning includes an amendment to the comprehensive performance policy that would retain a three-level system but would add “Level 1+” and “Level 2+.”

We have a shot Mike Klonsky:  The latest CTU poll says Mayor 1% will be hard-pressed to avoid a run-off election after the February primary. And in a head-to-head contest, Cook County Commissioner Garcia could be in striking distance of a victory.

New Poll Shows Mayor Emanuel Headed to Runoff with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia CTU: A recent Lake Research Partners survey of likely 2015 mayoral voters in Chicago shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a precarious position a little more than three months until Election Day.[1]

Illinois schools in the hole as spending rises Tribune: Illinois school districts ended up nearly $1 billion in the hole in 2013, dipping into reserves or borrowing to pay the bills, according to the latest finance data, painting a grim picture of the state’s public school system.

New Trier renovations might mean longer summer breaks, fewer holidays Tribune: New Trier High School students will likely be enjoying longer summer vacations for the next few years, with officials proposing a revised calendar they say is needed to ensure that the $100 million renovation of the Winnetka campus is finished by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Chicagoans of the Year 2014: The Jackie Robinson West Baseball Team Chicago Magazine: Jackie Robinson West’s dramatic run to a Little League U.S. title uplifted a city and captivated a nation. The inside story of how these South Side kids pulled it off.

Firefighters battle blaze at former grade school in Lincoln Park Tribune: Crews were called shortly after 1 a.m. to the fire at the former Mulligan Public School in the 1800 block of North Sheffield Avenue. The fire was raised to a 3-11 alarm about 2 a.m.


Under half of students projected to test well EdSource Today: Projections released Monday predict that fewer than half of students in California and other states will score at grade level on tests next spring on the Common Core standards.

Poll: Voters know little about Common Core EdSource Today: More than half of California voters said they knew nothing or very little about the state’s new Common Core standards for English language arts and math, according to a newly released report by the Policy Analysis for California Education/USC Rossier School of Education.

Teachers union sees ‘surprising common ground’ with Lamar Alexander Tennessean: But while Eskelsen García supports a rewrite of No Child Left Behind that would do away with that waiver approach, NEA has long drawn a hard line against school vouchers and charter schools — two areas that Alexander has promoted legislatively.

FCC Chair Wants Fee Hike to Expand Internet Access ABC: FCC chair proposes small hike in phone fees to expand Internet coverage to low-income areas.


Phila. schools see 40 applications for new charters Philadelphia Inquirer: After the Philadelphia School District announced that it would accept applications for new charter schools for the first time in seven years, it received 40, the district said Monday.

To Stay in the City with Kids, Parents Band Together to Improve Columbus Schools Columbus Monthly:  Both STAY and Go Public emphasize the importance of neighborhood schools and the “feeder pattern,” which Columbus City Schools formally implemented about six years ago.

Walton Family Foundation Funds Parent-Engagement Efforts in New Orleans EdWeek: A $1.2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation will help the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ increase its parent outreach efforts.

City Pulls Plug on Bloomberg-Era Student Data System WNYC: After seven years and almost $100 million in construction costs, Department of Education officials are pulling the plug on its controversial data system because they said it never took off with parents or teachers.


Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers NPR: The importance of a teacher’s presence in the classroom has long been debated. Our 50 Great Teachers project asks: Does does a teacher’s performance distract, or does it inspire?

Secret Lives Of Teachers: ‘Bored Of Education’ NPR: Our series continues with a school administrator who fuses his talent for rapping with his passion for education.


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