Roundup: Chiefs For Change, Chicago Teachers, Autonomous Schools

Chiefs For Change Brings on Six District Superintendents District Dossier: The organization, which advocates for the use of the Common Core State Standards and school choice, once consisted solely of state school chiefs.

Chicago Teachers Union Seeks Furlough Trade For April 1 Walkout Tribune: A CPS spokeswoman said the district would not consider such a trade. The call by union leaders for an April 1 walkout has elicited skepticism from some CTU members. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the walkout will have to be approved by a substantial margin before leaders decide to go forward with the plan.

Autonomous schools gain ground in Minneapolis and across the nation MinnPost: In researching similar initiatives that have already taken root in cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Oakland,  and Denver, as well as in Massachusetts, Ohrn says there’s strong reason to believe CPS schools in Minneapolis have the potential to achieve similar outcomes.

Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings Washington Post: The last time the federal government attempted to survey the condition of the nation’s school buildings was in 1995. At the time, more than 8 million students attended 15,000 schools with poor air quality; 12 million students attended 21,000 schools in need of new roofs or roof upgrades; 12 millions students attended 23,000 schools with inadequate plumbing. See also EdSource Today.

Should Student Surveys Inform Teacher Evaluations? Educators Call It ‘Bad Choice’ WAMU: Research has found that student surveys are one of the most effective methods of assessing teacher performance, but educators that have already implemented a plan DCPS is looking at are cautioning teachers here to think again.

Plan to Restructure Detroit Schools Takes a Step Forward AP: The Michigan Senate approved a $720 million restructuring plan Tuesday that would divide Detroit’s ailing school district in two as a means of retiring a massive operating debt over a decade

Education Data, Student Privacy Take Spotlight at Capitol Hill Hearing PK12: The House education committee weighs the issue at a time when some lawmakers are pushing to update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls NPR: Black girls are suspended from school at six times the rate of white girls. In a new book, Pushout,author Monique Morris tells their stories.

College Opens New Frontier In Education Outsourcing BuzzFeed: Pearson’s deal with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, a two-year school of some 9,000 students, is the first time the company has taken over recruiting for an entire university. It’s also the first time Pearson will handle recruiting for a community college — earning as much as 20% of the school’s tuition revenue from new students.

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.