AM News: Uncertainty Over Reform Bill "Fixes"

image from webmedia.newseum.orgEducation reform plan gets Ill. House committee OK WBEZ: Groundbreaking school-reform legislation won unanimous approval from an Illinois House committee Wednesday, despite concerns from Chicago teachers over bargaining rights... Bill to curb tenure, strike rights moves forward Catalyst:  When the roll was called, all 24 committee members supported the bill. Davis conditioned her "yes" vote on her assumption that "a trailer bill will be presented" before SB7 comes to a third-reading vote on the floor of the House. No one assured her that would be the case... Illinois Overhaul of Schools Gains, Despite Turmoil WSJ:  The bill's backers say the union had ample opportunity to object to the wording before the measure was ...Illinois education reform step closer to approval Clout Street:  It would be easier to dump bad teachers and lengthen school days under legislation a House committee approved today. The proposal, hailed as "landmark" by by House Majority Leader Barbara Currie,... House committee approves education reform bill State Journal Register:  The hang-ups involve provisions affecting Chicago Public Schools, not downstate districts... Education Bill Moves On Despite Objections CNC: If those issues can be resolved in a trailer bill, IFT President Dan Montgomery, CTU President Karen Lewis and Soglin said their groups are likely to support the bill going forward... Education bill passes committee despite new concerns WBEZ:  Education advocates helped shepherd an education reform bill through a House committee Wednesday, despite concerns of teachers unions that have pulled support in recent days... OTHER NEWS BELOW School closure bill still on track, sponsor says WBEZ:  A bill that stalled in the House, which would force Chicago Public Schools to plan ahead for school closures and capital expenditures, remains a work in progress, according to the bill's sponsor...  Brooks College Prep Academy wants to use its own field Chicago Sun-Times: But the property is owned by Chicago Public Schools, and the Brooks' baseball teams are supposed to be able to use it during the high school baseball season, Morgan said... Actress's Program Rejected By Illinois Lawmakers Over Scientology Links AP:  Not even the voice of Bart Simpson could convince Illinois lawmakers to approve a resolution aimed at teaching character in public schools because of its link to the Church of Scientology.

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  • Well, let's see if there will be amendments to SB7 before or after it is approved by the House! CTU, get ready to fight for your life!

  • the trib editorial page says not to make any changes that would require the bill to go back to the senate,0,1228083.story

  • ps someone tweeted me about urban prep taking over medill -- is that right?

  • WSJ reporting House passed bill almost unanimously

    will unions punish dems in next election or will rank and file punish unions? or neither.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    WOW! Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end of the CTU?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    from arne duncan:

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I wonder why Duncan/Rahm promote the traditionally Republican education reform agenda - privatization, charters, union busting?
    Would have thought this might be risky for Obama's reelection.

  • Veto a bill that passed the Senate 54-0 and the House 112-1? With a certain override, it wouldn't make much sense.

    For all the money and work CTU put into the legislative elections, we got one vote. As a return on investment, that's got to be one of the biggest failures ever.

    And Karen Lewis saying at last week's HOD meeting: They're afraid of the Chicago Teachers Union down in Springfield.

    Hah! This has put paid to that line.

  • Just remember that we VOTE...and someday Madigan will want us to vote for his daughter Lisa for governor....and we shoudl all VOTE NO....don't support any more Democrats who don't support us...maybe we could make Madigan the minority leader....

  • There was this Barbara Radner quote in the CNC story:

  • Many of the teachers on this list seem surprised that SB7 was unanimously approved by the General Assembly. I am not. It is consistent with what the Assembly has been doing now for two years. The State can

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, will there be a trailer bill for SB7?

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