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ctu mulls one-day walkout in may


juan perez jr.chicago public schools will refund $15 million to schools hardest-hit by a recent spending freeze, a move that deepens the district's budget gap and blunts criticism that cuts disproportionately affected schools with mostly poor and minority students.the reversal by mayor rahm emanuel's school... (juan perez jr.)






ctu considers one-day walkout in may


juan perez jr.chicago public schools will refund $15 million to schools hardest-hit by a recent spending freeze, a move that deepens the district's budget gap and blunts criticism that cuts disproportionately affected schools with mostly poor and minority students.the reversal by mayor rahm emanuel's school... (juan perez jr.)






schools affected by attack can re-arrange exams


image copyrightpaexam boards are telling schools affected by the manchester attack that they can re-arrange gcse and a-level exams.a joint statement from the exam boards says schools are "best placed" to decide whether exams should go ahead.the exam boards say no students will be "disadvantaged"."schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. students affected should speak to their teachers.‎"hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week - and young people are believed to be among the victims of the manchester attack.'schools best placed to decide'the exam boards are not postponing any gcses or a-levels, but they are giving schools discretion over whether their pupils take them.exams scheduled for tuesday are going ahead - and exam boa






schools to decide on going ahead with exams after attack


image copyrightpaexam boards are telling schools affected by the manchester attack that they can decide whether to go ahead with gcse and a-level exams.a joint statement from the exam boards says schools are "best placed" to make such a decision.the exam boards say no students will be "disadvantaged"."schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. students affected should speak to their teachers.‎"hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week - and young people are believed to be among the victims of the manchester attack.'schools best placed to decide'the exam boards are not postponing any gcses or a-levels, but they are giving schools discretion over whether their pupils take them.exams scheduled for tuesday are going ahead - and exa






schools to decide on going ahead with exams after attack


image copyrightpaexam boards are telling schools affected by the manchester attack that they can decide whether to go ahead with gcse and a-level exams.a joint statement from the exam boards says schools are "best placed" to make such a decision.the exam boards say no students will be "disadvantaged"."schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. students affected should speak to their teachers.‎"hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week - and young people are believed to be among the victims of the manchester attack.'schools best placed to decide'the exam boards are not postponing any gcses or a-levels, but they are giving schools discretion over whether their pupils take them.exams scheduled for tuesday are going ahead - and exa






exam boards say a-levels and gcses can be postponed


image copyrightpaexam boards are telling schools that they can re-arrange gcse and a-level exams, in the wake of the manchester attack.a joint statement from the exam boards says that it will be up to schools to decide whether exams should go ahead.the exam boards say no students will be "disadvantaged"."schools and colleges affected by the bombing should contact the relevant exam boards. students affected should speak to their teachers.‎"hundreds of thousands of teenagers are taking exams this week - and young people are believed to be among the victims of the manchester attack.the exam boards are not postponing any gcses or a-levels, but they are giving schools discretion over whether their pupils take them."our thoughts go out to everyone affected by last night's terrible incident in ma






they're not lovin' it: l.a. school resolution would ban mcdonald's school fundra


two resolutions before the los angeles board of education on tuesday would extend the school system’s already extensive food-related activism. the first would ban "mcteacher’s night" school fundraisers hosted by mcdonald's restaurants. the second would direct district officials to develop a vegan option for every cafeteria meal.the l.a. unified school district “has a strong interest in and obligation to promote the health of children, which leads to better attendance, improved behavior, lower incidence of illness, and increased attention, creativity and academic achievement,” states the preamble to the fundraising restrictions.an “epidemic” of diet-related disease “disproportionately impacts communities of color,” the resolution goes on. “studies have shown these children are also dispropo






they're not lovin' it: l.a. school resolution would ban mcdonald's school fundra


two resolutions before the los angeles board of education on tuesday would extend the school system’s already extensive food-related activism. the first would ban "mcteacher’s night" school fundraisers hosted by mcdonald's restaurants. the second would direct district officials to develop a vegan option for every cafeteria meal.the l.a. unified school district “has a strong interest in and obligation to promote the health of children, which leads to better attendance, improved behavior, lower incidence of illness, and increased attention, creativity and academic achievement,” states the preamble to the fundraising restrictions.an “epidemic” of diet-related disease “disproportionately impacts communities of color,” the resolution goes on. “studies have shown these children are also dispropo






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption good secondary schools can put £15,800 on to the value of nearby homes being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the average house price of £232,900 wou






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption good secondary schools can put £15,800 on to the value of nearby homes being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the average house price of £232,900






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption top primary schools in london can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the averag






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption top primary schools in london can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the averag






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption top primary schools in london can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the averag






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption top primary schools in london can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the averag






best schools add £18,600 to average house price


image copyrightsolstockimage caption top primary schools in london can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in england, government research has found.a study by the department for education (dfe) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing primary schools and 6.8% higher near the best secondary schools.it said "selection by house price" was restricting access to the best schools.property experts said schools affected prices in the same way as high-speed broadband and transport links.the dfe said one of the top 10% of primary schools in london would put £38,800 on to the value of a nearby home. the average price in the capital was £484,700 in july 2016.across england, the averag






cps latino advisory committee members quit in protest over budget cuts


most members of a chicago public schools advisory committee for latino students have resigned to protest school budget cuts that have landed hard on schools with largely poor and minority populations, the committee's chairman said wednesday."we see this not just as an assault on latino students, neighborhoods and families, but we see this as a continuation of cuts in the african-american community and now cuts in the latino community," committee member jose rico said while backed by three city council members and former school board member and interim cps ceo jesse ruiz."we see this as one and the same," rico said, adding that nearly all of the committee members had submitted their resignations.schools officials responded by saying the schools can use an appeals process to recover money."w






cps latino advisory committee members quit over budget cuts


sixteen members of a chicago public schools advisory committee for latino students resigned to protest school budget cuts that have landed hard on schools with largely poor and minority populations, the committee's chairman said wednesday."we see this not just as an assault on latino students, neighborhoods and families, but we see this as a continuation of cuts in the african-american community and now cuts in the latino community," committee member jose rico said while backed by three city council members and former school board member and interim cps ceo jesse ruiz.schools officials responded by saying the schools can use an appeals process to recover money cut by the district. a cps spokesman said the district expected to lay out how the appeals process would work sometime next week."w






thousands of washington students get an alternative education. is that a good th


traditional schools don’t work for all students. but a national report suggests that alternative programs often fail to provide comparable rigor. and washington state has 45,000 students enrolled in them.traditionally, schools are judged by graduation rates, test scores and overall student achievement. but a recent report suggests that some 500,000 kids nationwide are enrolled in publicly funded alternative programs that escape this kind of scrutiny. at their best, alternative schools offer smaller classes, flexible schedules, extra counseling and intensive tutoring. but the report, published by propublica, suggests that high numbers of students in alternative education may be a red flag. and in that calculation, washington stands out.about 45,000 high-school students here participate in n






as school choice goes national, a city shows its perils


hartford, conn. (ap) — hailed nationally as a success story on school choice, hartford in the two decades since a desegregation order has seen growing racial integration and new levels of academic achievement. that is, at least for students who win seats at magnet schools through a lottery.traditional public schools still educate about half the city’s children, but they are not moving in the same direction. the schools serve disproportionately more students from disadvantaged backgrounds, have lower graduation rates and their racial isolation remains as severe as ever.with u.s. education secretary betsy devos stressing alternatives to traditional public schools, hartford illustrates a key challenge: how to manage the loss of students, and the funding that goes with them, for the schools an






california fights back - los angeles times


when donald trump threatened on the campaign trail to deport every single immigrant living in the country illegally, bring back offshore drilling and reverse the anti-pollution policies that help clear smoggy skies, californians immediately understood that our state would be disproportionately affected — and disproportionately harmed — by the reckless policies he was hoping to enact.after he was sworn in, he went further, singling out the state for attack. “california,” trump declared in february, “in many ways is out of control.” in one overwrought tweet, he suggested that the federal government should cut all funding for uc berkeley because a protest against a conservative guest speaker had turned violent. a few days later, he declared — even more irresponsibly — that he would “defund” t






more than 300 schools to participate in voucher program


madison, wis. — more than 300 private schools have signed up to participate in one of wisconsin's three voucher programs next school year.state department of public instruction officials said tuesday that 163 schools registered to participate in the statewide program by the jan. 10 deadline, including 11 schools that had previously participated in the milwaukee or racine voucher programs and 31 first-time applicant schools.dpi officials said 127 schools registered to participate in the milwaukee voucher program, including five new schools and one school currently participating in the racine program.twenty-three schools registered to participate in the racine program, including four new schools. one of those schools is currently in the statewide program.






some li third-graders given wrong common core exam


sixty-four third-graders — including 12 from long island — were erroneously given exams meant for fourth-graders on the first day of computer-based english language arts testing in new york, state education officials confirmed monday.the errors affected students in three of the four long island school districts that introduced the electronic common core tests monday: seven students in franklin square, four in mount sinai and one in remsenburg-speonk. most students in grades three to eight will begin taking the standardized state tests with paper and pencil tuesday.most popularofficials from questar assessment, the minneapolis company that administers the tests, notified educators as the exams were underway, officials said.see alsosee test questions“this morning questar became aware that a






more than 240 schools to participate in voucher program


madison, wis. — wisconsin education officials say 241 private schools have signed up to participate in at least one of wisconsin's three voucher programs next school year.state department of public instruction officials said tuesday that 163 schools registered to participate in the statewide program by the jan. 10 deadline, including 11 schools that had previously participated in the milwaukee or racine voucher programs and 31 first-time applicant schools.dpi officials said 127 schools registered to participate in the milwaukee voucher program, including five new schools and one school currently participating in the racine program.twenty-three schools registered to participate in the racine program, including four new schools. one of those schools is currently in the statewide program.some






bear puts connecticut schools on lockdown


for those who ridiculed education secretary betsy devos for mentioning “potential grizzlies” as a reason for keeping a gun in schools for safety, it may be time to start lining up to apologize: a bear put a pair of connecticut schools on lockdown this week. two schools in southington, conn., were placed in “secure…






five of the nation's top 10 high schools are arizona charter schools


top schools on u.s. news & world report's list are all branches of same charter school.        






minneapolis schools forced to cut hundreds of jobs to fill $28 million gap


minneapolis public schools will slash hundreds of positions in schools and its central offices to plug a $28 million budget gap, projections from the school district show.the preliminary numbers released this week represent a districtwide drop of nearly 300 full-time positions, and at least that many employees would be affected. some district employees work part time, meaning a few people could make up one full-time position.the numbers show a 4 percent cut in full-time equivalent positions, hitting both schools and the district’s central office, as the budget process cranks forward in the state’s third-largest school district.the data give a window into superintendent ed graff’s administrative priorities as he embarks on his first minneapolis school district budget. with its cuts to centr






oroville dam flooding risks keep schools closed


several schools remain closed in communities affected by the oroville dam emergency. all school districts except for chico and paradise in butte county will be closed through friday. wheatland high school, yuba college and the marysville joint and wheatland elementary school districts in yuba county also will be closed. "we believe this gives our families and staff sufficient time to make 'longer-term' plans," said supt. craig m. guensler of the wheatland elementary school district. most school districts in butte county will resume classes tuesday. monday is a holiday. guensler said the district could reassess school closures next week. "the safety of our staff and students is our largest priority, and we will continue to make sure we keep our schools safe," he said.






budget includes cash for new free schools and grammars


image copyrightvictoria jonesimage caption theresa may is pushing ahead with spending more on grammar schools in england the chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools in england, which could include grammars, in wednesday's budget.it comes as head teachers are protesting about a funding crisis in existing schools.philip hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.labour's angela rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.the funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.all new schools are now opened as free schools - but if the government lifts the ban on expanding selection, some of the £320m could be used for new selective schools or to expa






budget includes cash for new free schools and grammars


image copyrightvictoria jonesimage caption theresa may is pushing ahead with spending more on grammar schools in england the chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools in england, which could include grammars, in wednesday's budget.it comes as head teachers are protesting about a funding crisis in existing schools.philip hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.labour's angela rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.the funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.all new schools are now opened as free schools - but if the government lifts the ban on expanding selection, some of the £320m could be used for new selective schools or to expa






budget includes cash for new free schools and grammars


image copyrightvictoria jonesimage caption theresa may is pushing ahead with spending more on grammar schools in england the chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools in england, which could include grammars, in wednesday's budget.it comes as head teachers are protesting about a funding crisis in existing schools.philip hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.labour's angela rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.the funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.all new schools are now opened as free schools - but if the government lifts the ban on expanding selection, some of the £320m could be used for new selective schools or to expa






grammar schools: budget includes cash for new free schools


image copyrightvictoria jonesimage caption theresa may is pushing ahead with spending more on grammar schools in england the chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools in england, which could include grammars, in wednesday's budget.it comes as head teachers are protesting about a funding crisis in existing schools.philip hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.labour's angela rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.the funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.currently, all new schools are required to be free schools, but the government has been looking at lifting a ban on opening new grammars.this would mean some of the £320m could






grammar schools: budget includes cash for new free schools


image copyrightvictoria jonesimage caption theresa may is pushing ahead with spending more on grammar schools in england the chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools and grammar schools in england in his budget on wednesday, as head teachers protest about a funding crisis.philip hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.he will also promise £216m to rebuild and refurbish existing schools.labour's angela rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.the chancellor's funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.currently, all new schools are required to be free schools, but the government has been looking at lifting a ban on opening new grammars






county well represented on u.s. news best high schools list


dozens of schools in san diego county made the annual u.s. news and world report rankings of the nation’s best high schools.u.s. news evaluated more than 28,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the district of columbia. five hundred public high schools received gold medals, 2,109 took home silver and 3,432 received bronze in the national rankings.schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. gold schools are the top 500 based on highest college readiness. silver schools are high-performing schools based on lower college readiness. bronze schools are high-performing schools based on state exam performance. visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.in san diego county, preuss school ucsd ra






betsy devos surprised to be education chief but promises schools that ‘haven’t e


betsy devos knows she almost blew it during her confirmation hearings, but now that she’s on the job she offered a few more hints about how she’ll improve american schools as secretary of education.she didn’t reveal many specifics, but devos promised that some schools might even be improved in ways that have not yet even been considered, reported axios.“i expect there will be more public charter schools,” devos told the website. “i expect there will be more private schools. i expect there will be more virtual schools. i expect there will be more schools of any kind that haven’t even been invented yet.”the secretary of education did not say whether she expected those new types of schools to be developed and implemented during her tenure, but devos — a longtime charter school advocate and re






a guide to magnets, l.a.'s highest-performing schools


magnet schools are themed schools within l.a. unified that students can get into through a ( somewhat confusing ) lottery system. they're in high demand ( here are some tips on applying), in part because, on the whole, they perform higher on state standardized tests than charters and other district schools. the school district is idly opening more magnets as a way to keep families in the district and out of charters. but not every magnet school performs well on these tests. in 2016 the times obtained and published a database of test scores for the magnet schools in the los angeles unified school district. here you can search for the most recent math and english test scores for magnets, and compare their scores to those of other district schools.






california announces top-achieving 'gold ribbon schools'


a dozen secondary schools in santa clara and san mateo counties have been named gold ribbon schools, honoring gains on state tests, by the california department of education.they are among 275 middle schools and high schools that described a “signature practice” that can be replicated by other schools. the practices can be in teaching, learning, collaboration as well as improvements to discipline practices or other areas related to school climate.the schools in santa clara county include renaissance academy, renaissance at mathson, chaboya middle and college connection academy, all in san jose; ascencion solorsano middle in gilroy; saratoga high; and dartmouth and union middle schools in san jose.the san mateo county schools include burlingame intermediate, la entrada middle in menlo park,






90,000 young britons register to vote in one day / boing boing


...and they're likely to vote for the "unelectable" jeremy corbyn, a guy significantly to the left of, say, bernie sanders, who has survived multiple attempts by the finance-capital wing of his own party to unseat him, and who is riding on a national wave of disillusionment with thatherism, neo-thatcherism, and may-thatcherism. speaking this morning mr corbyn accused the conservatives of having "held students back for too long" by helping to treble tuition fees to more than £9,000 a year, claiming labour wants to "lift this cloud of debt" by making it free for people to study at university in england. his party is seeking to tap into the student vote, including those 18-year-olds sitting their a-levels and about to start university, as it bids to secure power at the general election. comme






the rise of 'fake' populism | usa


across the united states and europe, waves of people are rallying behind so-called populist leaders.but are these leaders "men and women of the people", or right-wing elitists masquerading under the guise of populism?in this week's reality check, we reveal how some of their backgrounds and positions put them closer to ‘fake’ populists than ordinary folk.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news