While we're all focused on a handful of consolidations and whether kids should be allowed to bring their own lunch to school there are big things going on statewide that might be more important. First and foremost among these is the effort to revamp the state evaluation and tenure process for teachers, and the possibility of a strike ban being adopted (and a longer day for CPS) - a mixed bag of improvements and pet issues whose ultimate form is not known. There was premature word of an agreement on Friday (see Jim Broadway here) -- angering Kimberly Lightfoot (she called them "immature"). This could go either way, it seems, and the deadline is Friday. Lots more resources below.
There was a pro-labor protest over the weekend in which Stand's role in vilifying teachers was highlighted (PI).
The NW Times describes the meetings and players that are currently battling behind the scenes (Education reform plan could come soon).
Progress Illinois describes the issues and objections from teachers groups and the issue of cost (Anti-Strike Language A Key Pivot Point).
Want to know more about Stand For Children? Watch this Fox Chicago interview from Sunday with boyish Jonah Edelman, Josh's younger brother.
Stand For Children's IL PAC brought in $3.5 million in the last quarter of 2010, setting it up for even more influence in the upcoming months (School "reforms" on horizon).
Substance describes a meeting at which Stand's Chicago director Etoy Ridgnal seemed to be stuck for answers (Stand for Children loses debate)
For the full staff of SFC IL see here.