Roundup: School Takeover Threat Unifies Chicago Mayor & Teachers Union

Power Struggle Over Future Of Public Schools Heats Up In Chicago NPR: The politics surrounding the future of Chicago’s public school system are intensifying. Three different players are in a power struggle for control of the system, which is suffering financially.

Education Magazine Takes Readers Inside Chicago’s Biggest Charter Network WBEZ Chicago: Catalyst associate editors Melissa Sanchez and Kalyn Belsha take us inside the Noble charter network, where one out of every 10 kids in the CPS system get their education.

PARCC Considers Reorganization, Seeks Input to Shape its Future EdWeek: The consortium, which has battled declining membership and a backlash against standardized testing, is trying to sort out the best way to provide its services to states. Among the questions it’s asking: What’s the best way to set ourselves up to get good test content to states, and let them customize what they get? What’s the best way to let states collaborate to build test content, and still safeguard test quality and comparability?

Los Angeles teachers union seeks to re-negotiate evaluation system KPCC: The proposal could spell more change for the district’s teacher evaluation system, which the union says has been in “transition” in recent years. See also LA Times: L.A. teachers union seeks to raise dues as it fights a charter school push.

Obama Budget Would Prioritize Integration, Flat Fund Key Programs PK12: The budget puts a premium on integration but provides essentially level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged kids and special education state grants. See also Washington Post.

This teenager is one of 12 students in the world who aced the AP Calculus exam Washington Post: Landon Labuskes, of Virginia, was one of 12 to ace AP Calculus AB — out of 302,532 who took the test last year. He was 14.

Facing Teacher Shortages, States Turn to Emergency Certificates TeacherBeat: A handful of states are now relying on emergency permits or other nonstandard certificates to meet immediate hiring needs.

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.