Friday School News Roundup

Friday School News Roundup
Today's news includes coverage of a Chuy/Karen meetup, recaps of the most recent mayoral debates, contract negotiations launching/resuming, Flaming Hots in CPS schools, memories of integration in Evanston, and more.  Nationally, Steve Jobs' widow is emerging as a political force in education - but she's not as liberal as you might imagine or wish...

Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!

Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!
Just in case it wasn't clear that politicians and campaigns aren't all that different, let's take a look at Chuy Garcia's campaign ad against "private" and "elite" charter schools. (Not that Mayor Rahm hasn't or wouldn't do the same thing given the chance.) In other news, ProgressIL has a list of winners and losers under the new funding formula being proposed for the state. Which is CPS? LAUSD just published the salaries and names of all its employees (which I think is already done in Illinois but WTF?). The NEA kicked off the 2016 Presidential camapaign with a media call with reporters...

Chuy Raises Cash In DC & NYC

Chuy Raises Cash In DC & NYC
Early voting is off to a big start. Chuy went to Washington and NYC to raise cash. A CPS principal is resigning over testing, she says. Unions won a legal round over fair share proposal from Rauner. White parents are much more likely to oppose the Common Core than black and brown ones, says a new poll.  (Richer parents are much more likely to rate their children's education "excellent" rather than good.) Opt-outs aren't spreading to Elgin, reports the Tribune. The NY Times has a story about how reformers with cash are putting the squeeze on Hillary Clinton, urging her to move away from her union allies...
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Two Weeks To Go!

Two Weeks To Go!
Today's news roundup includes an update on PARCC testing, news that CPS is selling its first bonds since 2013, conflict at Lincoln Square, and word from Lakeview HS that they're not doing the principal survey.  What else? Or is everyone just holding on for Spring Break and/or obsessed with the looming runoff (two weeks from today)...

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm
Welcome back! The political news includes Meeks' turnaround endorsement of Mayor Rahm (he opposed him in 2011), plus the financial downgrade for CPS (again).  In the "other" CPS, CPS Obsessed has threads going on magnets, classicals, and gifteds. Kate Grossman has won a UofC Fellowship. Beth Purvis is making $250,000 working for Rauner. More throughout the day at @district299 or on D299's Facebook page...

Fewer Suspensions - But Still Way Too Many

Fewer Suspensions - But Still Way Too Many
Happy Friday.  Today's CPS roundup: A new University of Chicago Report says suspensions and disciplinary referrals are down -- but still super high. A new report from Stanford says urban charters in some places do a better job educating poor minority kids - but also serve a different population. The Tribune fact-checks Chuy's claim that charters are elite private schools. Plus the return of the parent trigger (nationally) and Cuomo vs. De Blasio (in NY). More throughout the day at @district299 or on Facebook...
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Twitter Tuesday (& Wednesday & Thursday Too)

Twitter Tuesday (& Wednesday & Thursday Too)
I’m traveling until Friday this week but am going to do some updating anyway via Twitter posts, which go to Twitter (@district299) and Facebook (District299 page is here).  So you should check over there for the latest CPS news and opinion. Let me know in comments or on Twitter or at district299@gmail.com if I’m missing... Read more »

Mobile Monday

Mobile Monday
Hi, all — welcome back!  I’m traveling today so I’ll be posting news and commentary on the fly via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook.  The Twitter feed is at @district299.  The Facebook page is found by searching for “District 299.”  As always, feel free to email or comment if I’ve missed something, got it... Read more »

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?
It's a hodge-podge of education news today, including more about Dyett High School, "Get Schooled" activities in Chicago, Aurora kids killed in car accident, etc.  Remember that you can check for updates during the day at @district299 on Twitter or on the D299 Facebook page. Sometimes things come in after the roundup -- like yesterday, when I came across a Mike Miner column in The Reader that noted that the April 7 runoff is in the middle of spring break, which could affect turnout and other aspects of the election. (What do you think?)...
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Wednesday AM CPS News Roundup

Wednesday AM CPS News Roundup
Testing continues -- along with a new report on how some CPS teachers feel about the new questions. (See also national news about how the testing is going in other places.) Meanwhile, organizers explain how they grew the movement that is challenging City Hall. CPS still won't say if it vetted a teacher before hiring him. A fake Harvard rejection letter from a Francis Parker student has gone viral. Elsewhere, they're pink-slipping teachers in LA (and preparing for a possible strike). The USDE won't let a NYC charter school give extra priority for ELL kids in its annual lottery. ...