Monday Morning CPS News Roundup

Monday Morning CPS News Roundup

The campaign is reaching a fever pitch (just one more week to go!). The AFT is spending a bunch to get Chuy elected (though the pro-Rahm money is pretty outrageous). Neither of them know what to do about funding CPS, reports the Sun-Times. Chicago Magazine has a Byrd-Bennett profile. Plus it’s the last week before Spring Break.


New Garcia ad tries to reinforce his neighborhood focus Chicago Tribune: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, in a statement distributed by the district Thursday, said it looked “forward to productive conversations with CTU regarding the contract.” “CPS faces enormous financial challenges and a deficit of more than $1 billion, and …

Transcript: Chuy, Rahm flailing about haplessly on education funding. Chicago Tribune: And whether the children’s education comes first. MF: Commissioner, lets’ stay right there, and we’re going to stay right with the school system. You, of course, say that you were persuaded by the president of the teachers union, Karen Lewis, to run …

AFT’s Anti-Rahm Spend Dropout Nation: Within the last month, AFT has directly and indirectly supported Garcia’s quest to unseat Emanuel to the tune of $649,503.20. This includes a massive $300,000 donation to Garcia’s campaign on March 12, along with another  $349,503.20 spent on get-out-the-vote efforts on the challenger’s behalf.

Rauner signs into law compromise plan to fix budget hole WBEZ Chicago: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a compromise plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services.

Can Barbara Byrd-Bennett Save Chicago’s Schools? Chicagomag: As she enters her third year as the head of Chicago Public Schools, the no-nonsense Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces a challenge more daunting than subduing a teachers’ strike or closing 49 schools: figuring out how to pay for even one more school year…

CPS parents can take free ‘Parent University’ classes at 3 schools Chicago Sun-Times: “There is no way in which in one can separate community from its schools,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the crowd. “There is no way in which one can separate parents from the important learning that takes place with their children.

Guess What Makes The Cut As A ‘Smart Snack’ In Schools? Hot Cheetos NPR: Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That’s been a big hit with school kids, but the rules’ creators say the snack is still junk.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit By White Teacher Suspended For Using N-Word CBS Local: A federal judge on Thursday threw out a civil suit brought by a white Chicago Public Schools teacher who alleged his black principal and CPS violated his civil rights by disciplining him for using the n-word in a “teachable moment” with …


Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing Governing: Most states are now four or five years into the process. Ending Common Core would mean a lot of wasted effort and money. In places like Indiana, the brand name may have gotten dropped, but the essential elements remain intact. This spring, standardized tests based on the standards are being rolled out in schools all over the country.

Top liberals call for Warren candidacy Politico: Most labor leaders have yet to weigh in, but many have a long history with Clinton and some have appeared with her at recent events. Just last week, Clinton spoke on a panel in Washington co-sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which endorsed her early in her failed bid for the 2008 nomination. She sat next to AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and close by the American Federation of Teachers’ Randi Weingarten.

Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms NPR: A Nashville middle school is test-driving a big idea: To put a great teacher in charge of multiple classrooms.


Tennessee school districts sue state over what they say is inadequate funding Washington Post: Seven Tennessee school districts have sued state officials over what they say is inadequate school funding, charging that by shorting schools by hundreds of millions of dollars, the state has “breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education.”

Applications up in D.C. School Enrollment Lottery Washington Post: More than 20,000 students applied in the first round of the citywide enrollment lottery for next school year, according to numbers released by the mayor’s office Friday afternoon.That marked an increase of about 3,000 applications over last year. Enrollment has been on the rise in charter and traditional public schools, as more families are staying in the city and choosing public schools. City officials also conducted an intensive outreach campaign to make more families aware of the lottery in advance of the deadline.

Student exodus saps Detroit school finances Detroit News: Some suburban districts, especially those in financial distress, now rely on Detroit’s children — and the state aid they bring with them — to survive. Unionized teachers protested the plan to limit choice, saying the Macomb County district would lose up to $2 million in state aid if it refused students from Detroit and elsewhere in Wayne County. If the district could afford that, the union reasoned, it could return millions of dollars in concessions the union took in the last three years. The school board buckled.

How snow days piled up at Washington area schools in 2014-2015 Washington Post: The weather naive among us who thought the official start of spring would mean the end of snow were in for a rude awakening. March 20 instead brought an unseasonal wintry mix, snow and in turn another round of delays and school closings for three area school districts

Bronx Science Teacher in Child Pornography Case Told Students ‘You’re a Big Deal’ NYT: Former students of Jon Cruz, accused of coercing teenagers from other schools into sending him nude photos, recall his devotion, but some now question his behavior.

Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher NPR: An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

Philadelphia Schools to Close Day Before Pope Francis’ Visit AP: Philadelphia students get day off before pope’s September visit because of street closures

Billboards and celebrities: How charters vie for students in hyper competitive New Orleans Hechinger Report: They put up billboards and bus-stop ads, hand out flyers at grocery stores, and even recruit local celebrities as spokespeople to get families to enroll, according to a study released this week. A large proportion of the principals surveyed in the study admitted to attempting to select or exclude some prospective students.

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