A raft of past programs have failed to substantially improve the reading skills of middle grade and high school students. CPS is trying once again, as part of a federal project that aims to help teens learn how to analyze complex non-fiction.
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In the News: 3 Chicago charter management groups get $18.8 million in federal grants
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Wednesday announced 12 charter school grants totaling $50 million for charter management organizations to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success. In Chicago, three groups received grants: Kipp Foundation ($14,550,084); Learn ($1,025,750) and Noble ($3,269,766).
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Wednesday announced 12 charter school grants totaling $50 million for charter management organizations to replicate and expand high-quality charter schools that have demonstrated success. The Charter School Grant Program competition represents the first time the Department has specifically sought out to replicate and expand the nation's highest-performing charter management organizations. In Chicago, three groups received grants: Kipp Foundation ($14,550,084); Learn ($1,025,750) and Noble ($3,269,766). The grants will serve 76,000 students in 127 new and 31 expanded charter schools over the next five years. (press release)
Based on state test scores and graduation rate, one South Side public high school with a predominately black student population is among the best performing in Chicago: Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy High School, in the Roseland community. (Chicago Defender)
The Global Citizenship Experience School, a private, for-profit high school that opened with 15 students this month in Lakeview, integrates subjects to focus on "things that matter in the real world." GCE is the project of teacher turned educational consultant and entrepreneur Eric Davis, 35. After a six-student, 18-month pilot program that ended last year, Davis opened the doors Sept. 7 to a group of mostly freshmen and juniors. The school rents the basement and coach house of a Lakeview mansion owned by the Menomonee Club. Tuition is $22,000 a year. (Tribune)
In the state
The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville need to function more like schools than state agencies, says Marybeth Lauderdale, who recently became interim superintendent of both schools. (State Journal Register)
Elmhurst Unit District 205 is continuing to look at future budget allocations, and residents will have the opportunity to provide input as to what educational and operational areas should and should not be cut. (Elmhurst Patch)
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The D.C. public school system, which laid off more than 200 teachers last October to close what Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said was a budget gap, is facing potential new financial problems in the fiscal year that begins Friday because of a projected $30 million in overspending on special education. (The Washington Post)
Newark hopes $100 million gift from Facebook founder results in real changes for its public schools. (Tri-city Herald)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for taking away tenure from ineffective teachers, saying that “tenure should be granted and maintained for those who show they know how to teach.” (The New York Times)
The Oxnard school district in California charged the state and federal governments at least $5.6 million for distributing school meals that never existed, according to a two-year investigation triggered by district officials. (Los Angeles Times)