National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU

National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU
Halloween Friday roundup:  CTU not endorsing any individual candidate but still trying to influence the race.  Meantime, the AFT national may not fund the race now that Lewis is out. More immediately, ISBE released new report card information, and there are lots of stories about the results (nothing CPS-specific yet).  Nationally, 100K teachers and parents signed the AFT petition against TIME's magazine cover, and Indianapolis is canceling a teacher-led turnaround plan...

Dyett Not Done Yet

Dyett Not Done Yet
Pre-Halloween news roundup: A reluctant endorsement for Quinn/Vallas. Dyett isn't done deal yet. Waukegan strike seems settled - but not before things got ugly. The Minneapolis school board race has generated $500,000 in campaign donations. Suburban district consortium asks for more testing flexibility.  Taylor Swift donates to NYC schools...

TIME Covers Tenure

TIME Covers Tenure
By popular request, let's talk about that TIME magazine cover story about efforts to rein in teacher tenure (currently being litigated in CA and NY), starting with a pair of opposing posts  by Ray Salazar and Second City Teacher.  In other news, the Waukegan strike is dragging on, and there's a new documentary about the CPS school closings of 2013. Nationally, teachers unions have put $7M into the CA race for state superintendent and $450K into the New Orleans school board elections...
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Tuesday CPS News Grab-Bag

Tuesday CPS News Grab-Bag
Today's education news is a grab-bag of items: asbestos problems at Saucedo, testing debated nearly everywhere, pending City Council approval of the $28 million sale of the Board of Education building downtown, a parents' PAC for SW Side Dore Elementary. Nationally, schools are dealing with Ebola fears, and learning more about the Seattle area high school shooting...

CPS Reverses Dyett Decision

CPS Reverses Dyett Decision
Wow -- Dyett is going to come back in some form, CPS announced Friday. I have to say I didn't think that was going to happen.  It's apparently going to re-open as a neighborhood high school (not a charter), after a year of planning. Read all about it, and about a Thursday night debate over last year's closings that was moderated by Catalyst's Linda Lenz and apparently got heated (for education).  Need more?  The California superintendent's race has already generated $23M in campaign spending, and there was a shooting at a high school near Seattle on Friday...

Should CPS Sit Out The Common Core Assessment?

Should CPS Sit Out The Common Core Assessment?
Happy Friday! The CPS effort to get out of administering Common Core assessments this year, while unlikely to prevail, is making national news.  So it looks like CPS kids will have to take NWEA, ACT, and Common Core assessments this spring. Yay? Boo? Meantime, NY Governor Cuomo has disavowed the standards and endorsed a five-year delay in using any results -- a sop to critics and teachers who oppose them as he approaches his re-election day. (The state teachers union isn't endorsing Cuomo or his challengers.) All this and more below the fold.  What do you think...
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What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?

What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?
Enrollment is down over all, which we already knew but IB, STEM, and alternative schools are on the rise, says Catalyst, and NW Side schools remain overcrowded according to DNA Info. What do you make of that? Meantime, CPS reiterated its desire to delay a new test (but was already told no).  And the first of the closed buildings (Peabody) is being sold, along with the CPS headquarters. In These Times has a profile of CTU's Jesse Sharkey. EdWeek notes that teachers unions and reform organizations sometimes support Republican candidates and even support the same candidates in midterm races that are projected to generate record political spending.  ...

October Board Meeting Day

October Board Meeting Day
Happy Wednesday.  Today's a Board meeting day, and the big announcement seems to be that Hancock HS is going to become selective.  In other news, CTU is selling a Gold Coast apartment tower it owns (who knew?), CPS enrollment is now below 400K (final numbers are in), and Catalyst wonders whether the Mayor's preschool plan is good enough. All that plus national news and news from other cities is below the fold. ...

A Charter Moratorium For IL?

A Charter Moratorium For IL?
Two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, the big issues between Quinn and Rauner seem to be charter schools and education funding.  Quinn thinks there should be a moratorium on new charters in the state, and argues that he's increased funding by half a million since 2009.  Rauner opposes a moratorium on charters and claims that Quinn's budgets have seen education funding drop. Would you support Rauner (or Quinn) based on the charter moratorium idea? Nationally, all eyes are on the California state superintendent's race, which pits a reform Democrat against a union-allied one, and on LAUSD's new superintendent of the moment, Ramon Cortines...
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Will Lewis' Impact Continue?

Will Lewis' Impact Continue?
It's a grab-bag of news today, including In These Times' reflections on the impact of Karen Lewis, a belated Tribune story on the departure of Winkler (or maybe just an errant RSS feed), and a Sun Times' piece on clout contractors getting CPS contracts despite a ban. That documentary about school closings is premiering. Nationally, the teachers unions are making a big $60 million play on the November midterm elections, and opinions vary on why Deasy left LAUSD. What else? Let us know in comments below or on Twitter at @district299 or Facebook...