What's next for school reform in Chicago, ending legal battles, a new COO... that's about it for education news over the last day or so. Oh, and the kerfluffle over the Emmanuel ad, which in a pretty awesome display of hyperbole union supporters describe as "saber-rattling." Really, it's just a pretty boring ad, but taking offense is fun and profitable so why not make a mountain out of it (and bash at the Mayor along the way)? That's certainly more fun than, say, acknowledging that CPS is still in big trouble, that the strike didn't really make things better for CPS families and kids, and that -- let's not forget -- the bad old days before mayoral control weren't really anything that anyone wants to have back.
Teachers union official asks CPS for ‘truce of peace’ after strike Sun Times: A Chicago Teachers Union official Tuesday called for a “truce of peace’’ and denounced as “saber rattling” recent ads by what he called a “shoddy organization” that recently bankrolled a television commercial featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel talking about the new CTU contract.
Chicago school district, union want to call truce WBEZ: The union has pointed out back-patting ads by Emanuel and op-eds as friction points post-strike.
Mayor Emanuel’s ad Catalyst: Virtually none of what Emanuel talks about in the commercial can rightly be called “wins” in the negotiations. The successes claimed by the mayor were actually accomplished as the result of state legislation and, to some degree, Emanuel’s role as chief of staff in the White House.
Emanuel’s TV Ads On Teachers’ Contract Make Bill Daley Change The Channel CBS: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received mixed reviews from two high-profile Chicago politicians for recent TV ads featuring the mayor commenting on the new contract for Chicago Public Schools teachers.
Emanuel should end TV spin game SouthtownStar (editorial): Whatever the final verdict on winners and losers in the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike, we wish an end to one particularly tawdry spin campaign. Spare us from any more cynical TV advertising financed by external lobbyists.
Subliminal message: Rahm lost CMW: Mayor Emanuel “knows he lost” in the recent showdown with the teachers union “and finds it necessary to rehabilitate himself,” political analyst Don Rose told Newstips last week. With only 19 percent thinking he handled the situation well – “the first time the mayor has been upside down in any polling” – Emanuel “believes he needs damage control,” Rose writes in a letter to the Sun-Times on Tuesday.
Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go Reporter: The teachers strike gave people a glimpse of the realities that many low-income urban students face every day. Overcrowded classrooms, weeks without textbooks, and after-school hours marred by violence.
Chicago Poised for Major Charter School Expansion WTTW: The mayor begins rolling out an ambitious expansion of charter schools. We look at how these schools fit into Chicago's contentious education plans.
Education reformers set post-strike agenda Catalyst: They touted solutions favored by Advance Illinois and the state P-20 council, many of which are already under way: Expanding early childhood education and implementing a new state kindergarten assessment, improving teacher and principal training and evaluation, expanding community schools and career education, and improving struggling schools.
CPS, teachers end legal battles in new contract Tribune: At board meeting, union asks for district's plan to close schools A tentative contract between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools brings with it closure on lawsuits and labor grievances filed by both sides before and during the seven-day strike, according to a copy of the agreement posted online by the union.
Show Pits Rahm Against Zombies NBC Chicago (blog): Also making "appearances" in the show: Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and police Supt. Garry McCarthy. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is there, too, but Reome says of that relationship, "that one is bad."
Chicago Public Schools names former Citigroup, Diners Club official as COO The Republic: Chicago Public Schools has named a former Citigroup and Diners Club International executive as the district's new chief financial officer. The district says Peter Rogers was named to the post on Tuesday after his appointment was approved by ...
Daley’s students reach out to Gary Sun Times: Former Mayor Richard M. Daley has aimed the brainpower of his University of Chicago graduate students at solving some of the problems that plague the once-booming steel town of Gary. Daley has taken Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson under his wing and become her mayoral mentor, regularly offering her advice learned during his 22 years at the helm in Chicago. Daley announced Tuesday his students have been in Gary this spring and summer conducting an inventory of abandoned buildings and finding new ways to approach budget problems in a city whose population has mirrored the decline of the steel industry from …
Are Chicago Murders All Gang-Related? WTTW: “Gang-related” is a label that the Chicago Police Department applies to most murders in the city. Some residents inside Chicago neighborhoods, and even some crime experts, say police are too loose with the term.