Today’s news includes a closer look at some of the City Hall challengers’ CPS-related proposals, noting (in WBEZ) that in some cases they closely resemble CTU priorities and in others (Tribune) they lack any realistic spending offsets or revenue increases to pay for extras and cover current deficits. Elsewhere, there’s more money for school Internet access being provided, and the new math is a struggle for students and teachers in Texas.
Mayoral candidate Garcia releases education plan WBEZ: Parts of the plan are strikingly similar to a policy paper put out by the Chicago Teachers Union two and a half years ago. So much so, that whole sentences in the summary are pulled word for word from that paper. But Garcia said he got input from several groups, not just the CTU.
The real debate about Chicago schools Tribune (editorial page): It’s not just that there is no more money to spend on extra added attractions. There is not enough money to keep the school system operating. Not even close. Any honest debate in this campaign about the future of education will have to be framed by blunt answers on how Chicago will fix the astounding financial shortfall the schools face.
Garcia unveils education plan, vows to cut back testing Sun Times: Without saying how he would find the money, Garcia said he also wants to: halt school closings; reduce class sizes now among the highest in the state; open smaller schools like the one he championed in Little Village; expand dual language programs in all communities; and “expand public education to include pre-kindergarten and even earlier.”
Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia wants Rahm in the deep waters of an April runoff Tribune (Kass): “More important than likability and style is the fact that I hear from people all over the city — but especially cops and firefighters — is that they really dislike him strongly, perhaps more than any mayor in recent history,” Cook County Commissioner Garcia said Thursday in an interview on WLS-AM’s Kass & Cohn show.
LA, New York, Chicago Schools Say ‘No’ To Chicken Raised With Antibiotics WBUR Boston: This week, school districts in Los Angles, New York, Chicago and several other big cities announced they would ban the purchase of chickens that have been raised on antibiotics to use in school lunches.
F.C.C. Increases Money for E-Rate Program for Internet in Schools and Libraries NYT: The move will increase money for schools and libraries to connect to the Internet. See also KPCC, EdSource Today, NYT
Student retention rates declining in U.S. EdSource Today: The often controversial practice of holding struggling students back a grade appears to be losing favor, according to a national study of retention rates released Thursday. Overall retention rates for grades 1 through 9 declined by almost half between 2004-05 and 2009-10.
For U.S. Schoolgirls, Discipline Varies by Race WNYC: According to the Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights, black girls in public elementary and high schools are suspended at a rate of 12 percent. When comparing stats with their white counterparts, the suspension rate drops to 2 percent.
Common Core repeal maneuver fails in Ohio House AP: State Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney in western Ohio, attempted during an Ohio House floor session on Wednesday to add the repeal language into legislation dealing with high school world history courses.
John King Jr., New York State’s Education Chief, to Leave Many Policy Wars Behind NYT: Whoever replaces Dr. King will have to juggle issues like the Common Core standards, teacher evaluation and training, and charter schools. See also ChalkbeatNY
New Math Standards a Hurdle for Some Students and Teachers in Texas Texas Tribune: Three months into the school year, the transition has proved challenging. As parents and educators question whether the rigor of the new curriculum is developmentally appropriate, school officials are reporting that they lack the resources to help teachers learn the new material.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tour charter school NOLA.com: Students at Arthur Ashe Charter School wait to great U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Mitch Landrieu before they tour the wchool at 1456 Gardena Drive in New Orleans Thursday, December 10, 2014.
Success Academy charter schools see 56% rise in applications NYDN: More than 6,000 families have already applied to Success Academy, which operates 32 city schools. The demand for a charter school reached an all-time high last year, with more than 16,400 families vying for fewer than 3,000 spots.
NYC Council Pushes For More Diversity at Top Schools WNYC: Meanwhile the federal Department of Education is still investigating a civil rights complaint that claims New York City discriminates against black and Latino students by using a multiple choice test as the sole criterion for the specialized high schools. See also ChalkbeatNY
As teacher diversity effort begins in Montgomery, recent data show little change Washington Post: Montgomery County announced a new teacher diversity initiative this week that officials hope will bring significant change to the workforce in years to come.Past efforts to spur diversity have not had great impact, as shown in the figures below, which school officials released Tuesday.