Today's news is a hodge-podge of this and that, but the story that grabs my attention is the expulsion of Marc Wigler from CTU.
First off, I want a copy of the 15,000 CPS emails that CTU got via FOIA -- Jesse, you know my email.
Second, I want to know the backstory here -- why Wigler was kept on, for example, since he seems to be from a previous regime (or two) and why CTU cares since there seem to be so many other people telling CPS (and me) what happens at HOD meetings?
Last but not least, I want to note the red-meat way in which Wigler's announcement was handled -- publicly and with great executorial relish -- which seems like it might be intended to serve uses other than simply firing someone.
It's a theatrical signal to CPS of some kind, but even more so seems like a signal to CTU members and to other delegates that the current occupants of the CTU office want to appear on the ball or even tough.
Schools hold their breath on pension reform Riverside Brookfield Landmark: The pensions of Chicago Public Schools teachers are funded by Chicago taxpayers, so Chicago taxpayers are paying for two different teacher retirement programs. State Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) said he is keeping an open mind on the issue.
Poll shows support for longer school day Tribune: Rahm Emanuel's push to extend the school day is overwhelmingly backed by Chicago voters, but far more of them side with the teachers union than the mayor on overall efforts to improve education, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Teachers union accuses ousted member of being a ‘spy’ for CPS Sun Times: Wigler was accused of sending CPS labor relations chief Rachel Resnick a 50-bullet-point email at 11:51 p.m., Aug. 24, detailing what CTU officials told union delegates during a special meeting the evening before, CTU officials say.
Neighborhood group seeks to head off CPS Catalyst: The Logan Square Neighborhood Association is establishing the Logan Square School Facilities Council to make sure no closed-door decisions are made at the Board of Education about the future of Ames Middle School.
Daley, a year later Tribune (Zorn): The more perspective we get on the Daley years, the more we see the mess Emanuel found on his desk on Day 1, and the more understanding we have as he reaches the milestone of Year 1.
Tutor trouble South Bend Tribune: Thousands of students in Chicago Public Schools could use tutoring help in math and reading. They've signed up for it. They aren't getting it. Is it a money problem, a common refrain at a district facing a $600 million to $700 million budget shortfall ...
Editorial: This is no time for Republican legislators to delay reforms
Chicago Sun Times – With a little more than two weeks to go in Illinois’ legislative session, there’s talk that some Republicans are trying to delay major reforms in hopes of getting more leverage. Don’t do it.
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