Happy Friday. Today’s school news includes stories about the charter school given final approval for Austin, the Board’s refusal to let someone buy now-empty Shedd, and a fascinating Catalyst map of where the Level 1 schools are (where the white kids are). Also, Dyett supporters are trying to get the RFP halted, and a CPS teacher was on WBEZ’s StoryCorps, and there’s tons of money in the Mayoral race. Elsewhere, NYC made a last-minute move to give charter schools more space to expand next year, and the Obama administration rolled out some of its ideas about rating colleges.
School ratings by race Catalyst: Nearly all the schools with significant white populations are rated either 1-plus or 1. Meanwhile, all of the lowest rated schools, except for Kelvyn Park High School, which has a mostly Latino population, are more than two-thirds black.
New Charter School Officially Approved for Austin DNAinfo: The Chicago Board of Education approved a new charter school for Austin at a meeting Wednesday. Moving Everest Charter School will serve about 810 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and will be located at 416 N. Laramie Ave.
Dyett supporters ask for RFP to be halted Catalyst: The RFP for Dyett, as well as for other new schools to open in Fall 2016, is supposed to be released some time this month. CPS officials said that this year they are not considering proposals to open any new schools in Fall 2015, a move that many assume is political given that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is running for re-election and new schools are controversial.
Residents Rip CPS’ Rejection of Private School’s Offer To Buy Vacant School DNA Info: Roseland Heights residents hoping to see Rescue Missionary Christian School, currently in Chatham, were disappointed to learn Wednesday that CPS decided to reopen the bidding for the vacant building that was once home to John G. Shedd Elementary School at 200 E. 99th St.
Bilingual pre-school teacher describes the state of education in Chicago WBEZ: Romano pushes all her students to learn English and Spanish. In her classroom, they say their ABCs in both languages. Sometimes, though, parents are oblivious to what’s going on – good or bad – in the classroom.
In the mayoral money race, the rich—that is, Rahm—gets richer Chicago Reader: That follows $52,600 donations from each of those unions in November and $16,000 from the campaign account of CTU president Karen Lewis. Along with $250,000 Garcia received earlier this month from SEIU Healthcare, the contributions have brought his …
Chicagoans Hold Vigil For Victims Of Violence, Challenge Strong Police Presence ProgressIL: About 200 Chicagoans held a downtown vigil Wednesday night for victims of violence and alleged police brutality in the city. The event, organized by the Chicago Light Brigade and held near Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, featured 432 white paper lanterns shaped like lilies to symbolize each person who died a violent death in the city this year. Sixteen additional colored lanterns represented the number of peopleknown to have been killed by Chicago police, according to organizers.
Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits Tribune: Chicago’s red light cameras fail to deliver the dramatic safety benefits long claimed by City Hall, according to a first-ever scientific study that found the nation’s largest camera program is responsible for increasing some types of injury crashes while decreasing others.
14 CPS Students Surprised With New Laptops CBS Local: Former Bears lineman James “Big Cat” Williams surprised several Chicago PublicSchools students with new laptop computers, after they won a program designed to help them with getting into college.
Success Charter Schools Secure More City Space WNYC: The Department of Education agreed on Thursday to give more space to the city’s largest charter school network, Success Academy. The backroom deal came a day after Success founder Eva Moskowitz released a letter from anxious parents and just hours before she was scheduled to stage a press conference outside City Hall. See also ChalkbeatNY.
Cuomo Letter Outlines ‘Aggressive’ Education Plans, Seeks Input from State Leaders WNYC: Gov. Signed by State Operations Director Jim Malatras, the letter noted that just about one third of elementary and middle school students were proficient on this year’s state exams, which it called “unacceptable.” It then asked Tisch and King how the new teacher evaluation system can be “credible” when just 1 percent of teachers get the lowest ratings.
New York City Continues Modest Climb in High School Graduation Rates WNYC: The data covers the first group of students who started high school after the Common Core learning standards were implemented statewide and graduated in June of this year. Stateside, the on-time graduation rate was 76.4 percent, a gain of 1.5 points and smaller increase than what was posted in New York City. Education Commissioner John King said the data revealed consistent but bumpy progress.
Details On The Administration’s New College Ratings System NPR: Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they’ll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February. Washington Post, NYT, NPR again.
Common Core, Non-Common Core States Face Similar Challenges, GAO Says PK12: For instance, states in both camps are giving teachers professional development to implement the standards, but they’re worried the training isn’t high-quality. And all states with new standards are developing new instructional materials that are supposed to match them—but that can be time- consuming, and there isn’t always as much alignment as states were hoping for. It can also be pretty tricky to communicate with parents and the public about the standards, states told the GAO, which is considered Congress’ investigative arm.