Today's news: Having won the media war even while failing to halt school closings -- arguably accelerating the process along the way -- CTU is now ramping up its political efforts against Mayor Emanuel. Oh, and CORE is running for re-election, too. Lewis says she's not running for mayor - yet.
Teachers union to seek ouster of mayor, other officials Tribune: Stymied in its efforts to stop the city from closing scores of schools, the Chicago Teachers Union on Monday said it will turn its attention to a voter registration campaign and efforts to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials.
Chicago Teachers Union vows to make school closings political WBEZ: The union says it wants to put a minimum of 100,000 new voters on Chicago’s rolls. Lewis says union organizers will go door to door in neighborhoods where schools are closing and where teachers are losing jobs “due to this administration.” The union also plans to increase donations to its political action committee and vet potential candidates.
Chicago Teachers Union Plans To Intensify Political Activity, Push For New Voters Progress IL: The CTU will also be hosting political education boot camps to vet people interested in public service and eventually “change the face of City Hall and the Illinois General Assembly.” The boot camps will be called “Who wants to run for mayor? Who wants to be an alderman? Who wants to run for statewide office?”
Stepping up its battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Teachers Union says it's going to do an even better job of what it already does pretty well: playing politics.
CTU president launches effort to oust Rahm Chicago Sun-Times: In an email to the Chicago Sun-Times, Emanuel's communications director Sarah Hamilton said, “Barbara Byrd-Bennetthas proposed a plan for Chicago Public Schools, with Mayor Emanuel's support, that finally puts our children first. This is simply not ...
Core Launches Election Campaign Substance via CPS Chatter: Now, in 2013, the CORE incumbents are facing a coalition composed of the two former adversaries, Deborah Lynch’s PACT people and the remnants of the UPC (Marilyn Stewart is retired and not active). The new group, calling itself the “Coalition To Save Our Union” is headed by two former UPC stalwarts (Tonya Saunders Wolffe and Mark Ochoa) and two people from PACT (Mary Ellen Sanchez and Kelly McFarlene). Sharkey reminded those at the Haymarket that they will have to work very hard between now and election day to ensure that the history doesn’t again repeat itself.
Community meeting ends early due to low turnout AustinTalks: She said that school board CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said school closures are not racist. But Robinson said the majority of closures are affecting schools in low-income, black and hispanic neighborhoods. “I find it extremely troublesome that Barbara ...
Chicago schools consult gang lines in closure plan The Morning Sun: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, have acknowledged the danger of mixing young people from different neighborhoods. Byrd-Bennett agreed in January not to close any high schools. And the district consulted maps of gang ...
Disney II High School (and other schools still open) CPS Obsessed: The application period for Disney II Magnet High School is opened. I didn’t realize it will require Stanine 5 in Reading and Math (although now I think I recall some of you mentioning this. True, it’s not a SE level cut-off but it certainly should set the school apart in that every student will be average or above.
The Great Disconnect Mike Klonsky: Arne Duncan's senior adviser and former IEA Executive Director Jo Anderson got up to introduce the lunch speaker, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). But faithful apparatchik that he is, Anderson couldn't help but throw out a list of all the great things the administration is doing to support schools and teachers. I was OK with all of that. But I almost fell out of my chair when Anderson offered that all of "Arne's" policies and so-called reforms "were in step" with Pasi Sahlberg's earlier presentation. What!?
I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in 2005 (first on my own, then with Catalyst, and now with ChicagoNow). My dad went to Senn. I went to Near North Montessori and Parker. Since 2006 I've been living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn -- the Wicker Park of New York City. I have another education blog called This Week In Education that focuses on school reform trends at the national level.