Runoffs, Common Core Confusion, DeBlasio Against Elected School Board, & Discipline Complaints

Runoffs, Common Core Confusion, DeBlasio Against Elected School Board, & Discipline Complaints

Today’s news includes lots about the coming runoffs for City Hall and City Council seats, plus more immediate concerns like WTF is going on with CPS and the Common Core assessment, and how are teachers supposed to keep order with the new discipline policy but no new resources to go with?  Also, Hancock isn’t even open but it’s already #6 on the SE HS applications list, and NYC’s liberal mayor just proposed making mayoral control permanent.


Election 2015: Progressives Win Victories; Up To 19 Wards To See Aldermanic Runoffs ProgressIL: Fourteen of the aldermanic runoff contests feature sitting aldermen, including two Progressive Reform Caucus members and two appointees of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout Tribune: When President Barack Obama dropped into his hometown a few days before the city election to designate the historic Pullman district a national monument and heap praise on Rahm Emanuel, rivals decried the move as pure politics aimed at pumping up African-American support for the mayor.

CTU’s Jesse Sharkey Thinks Rahm Is Finished in Chicago Chicago Magazine:  The interim head of the Chicago Teachers Union is one happy guy this morning.

Now it’s time for the real mayoral debate Reader: All right, Chicago—you did it We begged and pleaded for you to embrace a little democracy, and on Tuesday you came through.

Not Rahm, or just not yet? Tribune (Zorn): We misread the depths of disenchantment with Emanuel all across the city. And we relied on conventional wisdom about the power of TV advertising and the tendencies of voters who tell pollsters that they’re undecided.


Teachers complain about revised CPS discipline policy Tribune: A CPS spokesman said the district makes training available to all schools on subjects including restorative practices and classroom management. Roughly 100 (of 600) schools have “restorative practices coaches” in the building weekly, and behavioral health teams work at 66 schools. Those resources are allocated to schools based on behavioral data, the district said.

The rise of Chicago’s Casimir Pulaski Day WBEZ: The story behind this most “Illinois” of holidays involves Casimir, of course, but it’s more of a story about a strong community that was willing to spend political capital to honor him.


CPS in a bind over snub of state-mandated test, official says Tribune: Chicago school board President David Vitale said during Wednesday’s board meeting that the district’s effort to administer the exam to just 66 of its more than 600 schools has been “clear and consistent.” But, he acknowledged, “The response we’ve gotten from other authorities is also clear.” See also Sun-Times: Which CPS schools will be tested in 2 weeks still unknown.

Unable to repeal Common Core, foes try sabotage Politico: Conservative lawmakers in state after state are running into difficulty rounding up votes to revoke the academic standards outright.. See also NJEA launches ad campaign against PARCC.


De Blasio calls for permanent mayoral control of schools ChalkbeatNY: Before mayoral control, the city’s school system was balkanized,” de Blasio said. “School boards exerted great authority with little accountability and we saw far too many instances of mismanagement, waste and corruption.” See also The Atlantic: NYC’s Tale of Two Pre-Ks.

Rift escalates between Los Angeles teachers, district AP: Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages. See also LATimes: Charter school group is political force in L.A. Unified board election, LA Weekly Charter Schools Take on Charter-Hating LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser


What Are Chicago’s Toughest High Schools to Get Into? DNA Info: Walter Payton College Prep remains the most competitive CPS selective-enrollment high school — even as entrance scores dropped across the board this year as the district moved to a new and more difficult test. A new selective-enrollment school, John Hancock College Preparatory Academy in the West Elsdon neighborhood, had the sixth-highest score required for entry [over the five remaining schools: Brooks, Lindblom, Westinghouse, King and South Shore]. For the 2014-15 school year, the schools received 16,826 applications for 3,200 freshman slots, and the district initially extended offers to 4,580 students.


Former Montgomery schools chief Joshua Starr sets up business to open way for consulting Washington Post: Montgomery County’s former superintendent, Joshua P. Starr, has established a new consulting business, according to Maryland state records and a statement relayed through the school district.The limited liability company, called Education Solutions LLC, was registered with the state Feb. 17, a day after Starr’s resignation took effect, according to online records from the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.

‘Call Out Cuomo’ teachers’ rally at Massena High Saturday urging residents to … North Country Now: Carlisto said the “Call Out Cuomo” events are expected to feature American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, NYSUT President Karen E. Magee and others

Arne Duncan talks early childhood education at Alexandria school Washington Post: Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday got a first-hand glimpse of early childhood education in a busy Alexandria preschool classroom, where he got down on the rug with youngsters playing with blocks, chatted up students building a “neighborhood” with sand and talked to a young girl about her writing.

5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014 NPR: Lessons from a handful of the most viewed papers from the American Education Research Association last year.

Dissecting A Frog: A Middle School Rite Of Passage NPR: In science classrooms across the country, middle-schoolers will take part in an iconic activity this year: frog dissection.

Controversial Schools Tech Contract Wins NYC Approval WNYC: A contract to expand internet access in New York City schools as well as proposals for sharing school space moved forward despite concerns. Oh, and the cell phone ban was lifted.

Employee sues LAUSD superintendent third time alleging sexual harassment KPCC: The latest suit alleges Cortines made sexual advances to Graham in 2000 soon after Cortines helped Graham get a job with the school district’s real estate leasing operations. Cortines left the school district that same year and Graham didn’t report what allegedly happened, according to the suit.

One District Will Have Saturday School to Make Up for Missed Days ABC News: A North Carolina school district will be in session on Saturday and parents aren’t too happy. The Gaston County school district made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook and on its web site.

White House Issues Veto Threat Against House GOP NCLB Rewrite PK12: Why doesn’t the administration like this bill? For one thing, they’re not happy about what they see as a big step on back on accountability, particularly for the poor and minority kids that NCLB was designed to help. See also AP,  Obama threatens veto of House education billWhite House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix No Child Left BehindNo Child Reauthorization Has No Shot.


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