Two Weeks To Go!

Two Weeks To Go!

Today’s news roundup includes an update on PARCC testing, news that CPS is selling its first bonds since 2013, conflict at Lincoln Square, and word from Lakeview HS that they’re not doing the principal survey.  What else? Or is everyone just holding on for Spring Break and/or obsessed with the looming runoff (two weeks from today)?

Chuy, Rahm and the Chicago school crisis Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Public Schools system doesn’t fund private schools, elite or otherwise. It does fund 131 charter schools. They are open-enrollment, tuition-free, public schools. They’re run by organizations that contract with CPS.

During PARCC testing, some schools losing art, music, other ‘specials’ Chicago Sun-Times: Critics of this new test molded to common core standards have complained that it deprives children of classroom learning, and that, between preparation and conditions children need to test well, it takes over the whole school.

Chicago Schools Selling First Bonds Since 2013 as Finances Teeter Bloomberg: Garcia has called the decision to close the schools a disaster, while not promising to reopen any of them. He’s backed by the Chicago Teachers Union and its president, Karen Lewis, who’s publicly clashed with the mayor, most notably during a 2012 …

‘Outrage’ Over Lincoln Square Alternative High School Addressed by O’Connor DNAinfo: In fact, O’Connor said he was approached by representatives from Pathways in Education a year ago about opening an alternative high school, contracted through Chicago Public Schools, at 4816 N. Western Ave.

A father’s legacy, a daughter’s determination in 10th Ward Chicago Sun-Times: She’s her own person — a school counselor in the ward, a neighborhood activist who started an award-winning anti-bullying program and more recently, a leader in the Chicago Teachers Union.

Appointed vs. elected school boards, a Chicago debate The Depaulia: Elected school boards for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) remains a highly contested issue going into Tuesday’s mayoral election. Many Chicagoans are unhappy with the condition of the city’s public schools and all four of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s opponents

Chicago Public Schools are dirty: Report MyFox Chicago: A Chicago Tribune article released Thursday, says principals and teachers are still complaining about the Rahm Emanuel-appointed school board and the company’s connection to Magic Johnson, an Emanuel contributor.

This group of Illinois Democrats could be front group for Bruce Rauner Reboot Illinois ; In interviews last week, the leaders of the group refused to specify which Democratic-allied special interests they were talking about, but they did point to the ultra-liberal Chicago Teachers Union as an organization which takes hard-line stances…

Lake View High School Skips Teacher Surveys on New Principal’s Performance DNA Info: The surveys caused a stir last year, but staff can still voice opinions at the next council meeting.


Giuliani and de Blasio Form Unlikely Alliance on New York City Schools NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, both signed an appeal to state legislators to reauthorize mayoral control of the city’s schools.

Parents Seeking Urban Lifestyles for Kids AP: Parents in cities across the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver, are banding together to advocate for new downtown schools, more playgrounds and more affordable family-friendly housing.


In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears NPR: A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students.

Obama To Young Scientists: ‘Keep Asking Why’ HuffPost: About 20 young scientists were honored on Monday, including Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a high school senior who has studied algae as a potential fuel source, and Harry Paul of Port Washington, New York, who is now in his first year at Tufts and designed a new type of spinal implant after undergoing multiple surgeries for his own spine curvature.

Duncan: Teacher Preparation Lacks Resources, Focus TeacherBeat: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked with the state supes on March 23 about a lot of different things, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Improving teacher prep was one area in which he said there hadn’t been enough progress.

Schwarzenegger Continues After-School Education ‘Crusade’ AP: At a national summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Schwarzenegger will join education, business and law enforcement leaders in demanding that any bill passed continue after-school funding. A proposed House bill eliminated the so-called 21st Century Community Learning Centers along with 68 other programs in favor of a flexibility grant that would allow states how to decide to use funds.

Arizona Governor Seeks Review of Common Core Education Standards NTYT: Gov. Doug Ducey, a critic of the Common Core, urged state officials to tailor the curriculum to the needs of Arizona students.

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