Happy Friday. Today’s CPS roundup: A new University of Chicago Report says suspensions and disciplinary referrals are down — but still super high. A new report from Stanford says urban charters in some places do a better job educating poor minority kids – but also serve a different population. The Tribune fact-checks Chuy’s claim that charters are elite private schools. Plus the return of the parent trigger (nationally) and Cuomo vs. De Blasio (in NY). More throughout the day at @district299 or on Facebook.
Chicago Public Schools report mid-year reduction in student suspensions, expulsions Daily Journal: Chicago Public Schools officials report a 60 percent reduction in student suspensions and 38 percent fewer expulsions across all grades. See also WTTW Chicago Tonight, DNA Info, UChicago
The story behind a fascinating Chuy Garcia event Crain’s Chicago Business: “I’m doing this is as a resident and a mother” who believes Garcia would do a better job, particularly in improving Chicago Public Schools.
Principals to CPS: End custodial contract now WBEZ: A survey conducted by the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association found nearly 90 percent of principals say their schools are dirtier than… See also Chicago Sun-Times, Tribune.
SCHOOLS & SCHOOLPEOPLE
In addressing food allergies, some Chicago schools fall through the cracks WBEZ Chicago: It’s a typical day in the Ravenswood Elementary cafeteria on Chicago’s North Side. Middle schoolers catch up with friends, make jokes and chow down on a mishmosh of cafeteria food and brown bag lunches.
Lobbyist sues to regain big pension he got from 1 day as substitute teacher Tribune: Retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli qualified for a teacher pension windfall by subbing at a school for one day is now suing a state retirement board because his benefits were scaled back once his sweet deal was exposed.
Parent-trigger showdowns loom nationwide Hechinger Report: Lawmakers around the country are gearing up for showdowns against teachers unions and school administrators who are seeking to squash a new round of education bills that would create and strengthen so-called “parent trigger” laws. Parent-trigger bills exist in some form in seven states, and have been rejected in more than two dozen others. Tennessee and Texas are their primary targets in 2015. See also Texas Tribune, EdWeek, Chalkbeat.
Student Privacy Debate Dominates Assembly Panel’s Meeting on PARCC Tests NJ Spotlight: For close to an hour, the department’s chief counsel and its investigations director defended the practices as legal and appropriate, and said security measures being taken are necessary to maintain the integrity of the exam. At issue specifically is the practice by Pearson, through subcontractor Caveon Test Security, of scanning social media for possible messages by students divulging the contents of the exams. See also: Test security now means checking social media for cheaters.
Mayor De Blasio Defends His School Improvement Plan WNYC: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio makes the case that struggling schools have a better chance of turning around with his approach than with the plan proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. See also HuffPost: Andrew Cuomo’s Approval Rating Drops To New Low.
Alabama Lawmakers Pass Charter School Bill EdWeek: The Black Alliance for Educational Options calls Alabama’s charter school legislation a “victory” for parents and community members.
Texas Ready to Dump High School Steroids Testing Program AP: After years of catching few cheaters, Texas ready to dump high school steroids testing program.