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In the News: CPS to sync its bell system
CPS officials are saying the district will implement a coordinated bell system to "assure a smooth transition as it moves to a full school day" while improving student safety and streamlining bus transportation.
The district will assign each school's start time, but those decisions may be appealed based on safety and instructional issues, a CPS official said. (Tribune)
CPS officials touted the lockstep bell schedule as a “safety’’ improvement that also would allow for more efficient bus routes, but one critic denounced it as “dictatorial,” according to the Sun-Times.
CPS confirmed Friday that Chief Education Officer Noemi Donoso is on her way out, marking the third cabinet-level position in the district to see a change in less than three months. (Tribune) The statement was released just before 6 p.m.; here's Catalyst's story.
Chicago Public Schools is racing to spend about $16 million in federal tutoring grants by the end of the summer to avoid losing the money in a program plagued by dwindling participation and financial missteps. (Tribune)
Substance News offers its analysis of last week's Chicago Board of Education meeting.
As part of a program to increase the number and diversity of U.S. students studying in China over a five-year period, 15 Chicago public school students will get a chance to study in China this summer. (Tribune)
An unusually large number of Illinois public high school students — at least 1 out of 10 juniors — received extra time or other help to boost their scores on the ACT, including high achievers at some of the state's elite schools. Schools in wealthy enclaves with predominantly white students were at the top of the list when it comes to students getting ACT testing accommodations in Illinois, the 2011 data show.
"Teachers cannot and should not be scapegoats for the shortcomings of society that are thrust upon the schools," a retired CPS principal writes in a letter to the Sun-Times.
IN THE NATION
The Milwaukee Sentinel has started a series that looks at attempts to rethink what many consider outdated, assembly-line education in a time of fiscal constraints. The series begins by examining the intersection of technology and schools.
Verbal abuse of autistic student sparks calls for change. (USAToday)
Miami-Dade County Public Schools will debut its first video game-themed magnet this fall. But the school may be a hard sell for parents. (Miami Herald)