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In the News: A distaste for making teacher ratings public
The Obama administration's push to make student test scores a bigger part of teacher evaluations may be having an unintended side effect: It's cooling officials' appetite for making the data public.
Teachers' unions have always opposed publishing individual public school teachers' class results in newspapers or online. Now even education reformers — and reform-minded public officials — are having second thoughts about releasing the data. (USA Today)
Matt Farmer, a trial lawyer, CPS parent and LSC member who writes regularly about school policy, puts CPS Board of Education member Penny Pritzker on trial, so to speak, in a six-minute speech he gave at the Chicago Teachers Union rally last week. Watch the video here.
Teachers and staff at Youth Connection Leadership Academy, an alternative charter school in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, have filed an unfair labor complaint that claims the network that runs the school announced plans to close it a day after teachers voted to form a union. (Tribune) Here's Catalyst's story.
The unionizing teachers at the Youth Connection Leadership Academy and Chicago ACTS (Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff) will hold a press conference before the Youth Connection Leadership Academy board meeting today at 4:30 p.m. outside of the Youth Connection Charter School offices at 10 W. 35th Street, according to a news release.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined counterparts from 20 other states in pressing Congress to stop what they say is the exploitation of military veterans by for-profit colleges. (WBEZ)
IN THE NATION
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is facing a $90 million budget shortfall for the 2012-13 school year. But Superintendent Alberto Carvalho pledged Wednesday not to lay off full-time teachers or cut arts, languages or PE programs to solve the budget problem. (Miami Herald)
The Gary Community Schools District is getting ready to lay off 169 teachers, nearly a quarter of the total. Gary is expected to lose 600-700 students this year, about 7 percent of the current student enrollment. (CBS Chicago)
Authorities in a number of states are split over who should have the final say on allowing charter schools within a particular district’s boundaries. (Education Week)
States face key spending decisions as they implement the Common Core State Standards, and a new study finds that they could save about $927 million—or spend as much as $8.3 billion—depending on the approaches they choose in three vital areas: curriculum materials, tests, and professional development. (Education Week)
"Amid the ceaseless and cacophonous debates about how to close the achievement gap, we’ve turned away from one tool that has been shown to work: school desegregation," writes David L. Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of “Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future.” (NYT)