Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board

Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board

Welcome back! The latest education news includes a Chicago kid who’s going to be at the State of the Union tonight (the one who wrote Santa about school safety), a CTU reversal on its Bridgeport aldermanic endorsement (Thompson to Sullivan), and some protests in favor of an elected school board over MLK Day Weekend. There’s also going to be lots of education in the Obama SOTU speech tonight, including new efforts to address student data privacy. Plus more in comments, on Twitter (@district299), and on Facebook (here). 


Patrick Daley Thompson: I Have ‘Real Ideas’ for City Hall, Halsted Street DNAinfo: Until last week, Thompson had the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Unionsealed up but the membership voted to throw its support instead to Sullivan. The union’s decision was a “disappointment,” Thompson said.


Jan 20 Sign Up to Speak at CBOE Meeting on 28th. CORE: For online registration, please be ready to input data before 8am. Window closes very fast after the window is open to sign up!!!    For the January 28, 2015 Board Meeting, advance registration to speak and observe will be available beginning Tuesday, January 20th at 8:00 a.m. and close Monday, January 26th at 5:00 p.m., due to the Martin

Education organizers, KOCO mark MLK Day with call for elected board  Hyde Park Herald: The Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) — which consists of over 20 community and labor organizations including the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) — marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day ..

Hundreds call for elected school board at MLK Day event Chicago Sun-Times: Parents, teachers and students from groups all over the city cheered and chanted inside the headquarters of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition for an elected schoolboard.


Karen Lewis Still Lamenting She Can’t Run for Mayor NBC Chicago: Three months after Karen Lewis was first diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Chicago Teachers Union president spoke about her medical journey and the end of her potential run for mayor of Chicago.


Englewood boy who asked Santa for safety invited to attend State of the Union address WLS-TV: The seventh grader was one of about 8,500 Chicago Public Schools students who wrote letters to Santa.

Documentary asks what happened to students affected by Chicago school closings Chicago Sun-Times: That includes a screening of “Chicago Public Schools: Closed,” the second installment of a six-part documentary Web series created by a collaboration ofChicago filmmakers, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22., at the University ofChicago’s Logan Center.

Schools need to enforce anti-bullying policies Tribune (letter):  I am a retired public school teacher. Most if not all suburban school districts have anti-bullying policies. Problem is, they’re seldom enforced. School districts have this policy on their websites for the sole purpose of being able to point to it if …


Obama to propose new student privacy legislation Washington Post: President Obama is planning to propose new federal legislation to safeguard student privacy, a move that comes as new classroom technologies gather sensitive personal information about children in order to deliver personalized lessons.

Educators welcome proposal to protect students’ digital privacy Chicago Tribune: Similarly, in Chicago Public Schools, administrators have begun reviewing language in vendor contracts to make sure the unauthorized use of student data is prohibited.


How Will Education Play in the State of the Union Address? PK12:Proposals on both ends of the education spectrum—early and higher—were part of a big tax package unveiled by the White House this weekend, from which K-12 policy was (almost) absent. This seems to be a trend for the president, who has focused the education remarks in his last three addresses to college on either higher education (popular with young voters and their middle-aged parents) and early ed. (popular with just about everybody), while steering clear of K-12 (a politically stickier issue these days).


Do students take too many tests? Congress to weigh question PBS NewsHour/AP: Preliminary research by the Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large urban districts, found that students take an average of 113 standardized tests between pre-K and 12th grade. It said testing time for 11th graders was as high as 27 days, or 15 percent of the school year, in one district and that didn’t count Advanced Placement, career and technical education course and college entrance exams.

Arizona civics group targets California after winning test for high school graduation KPCC LA: “We hope to get out to California maybe in the next year or two and start working with citizens, legislators, teachers there, and see if we can’t make this happen in California as well,” said Sam Stone, Civics Education Initiative executive director, on Friday.


Close schools in January instead of June Chicago Tribune: Maybe there is an alternative to the school closings that stem from January weather in the Chicago area. School districts might consider closing for the entire month of January, and then staying in session for the entire month of June.


NYC Parents Go Shopping for Kindergarten WNYC: Many parents of four-year-olds are filling their days with information sessions and school tours in an effort to find a classroom that’s just right for their child.

Philadelphia’s Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says District Dossier: The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

Superintendent of the Year Finalists Discuss Successes, Education Trends District Dossier: One finalist, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia of Hillsborough County, Fla., may be fired next week by her school board, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

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