Lots of news from over the weekend, but the big headline is that voters don't approve of Emanuel's handling of the school reform process.
Dim view on Emanuel education policy, Tribune poll finds Tribune: Nearly 6 of 10 surveyed said they disapproved of Emanuel's attempt to downsize elementary schools, while just a third approved. Those numbers closely mirror negative feelings about Emanuel's approach to public education, which he has labeled a top priority.
Mayor Emanuel's education tactics met with disapproval WGNtv: But even a majority of voters without so personal a stake expressed reservations about the way the mayor has dealt with Chicago Public Schools. Since taking office two years ago, Emanuel has sought to portray the Chicago Teachers Union as an impediment ...
Where UNO charter schools' money comes from Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Public Schools, which gives UNO tens of millions of dollars a year to educate children whose families choose to send them to charter schools. The schools are privately run and have won the backing of politicians pressed to give people an ...
UNO charter-school scandal has Wall Street worried Sun Times: Now under investigation by two state agencies, the United Neighborhood Organization is also facing tough questions on Wall Street from the investors who lent tens of millions of dollars to help pay for the rapid expansion of UNO’s charter-school network. The questions were prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports on state grant money paid to companies owned by two brothers of Miguel d’Escoto, a top executive of the politically well-connected group.
The who's who of online charter school plan Daily Herald: In Illinois, charter school applicants must be nonprofits. Because of that, online education company K12 Inc. cannot open its own school here. But it could be contracted by Virtual Learning Solutions to run and manage the proposed school.
“We Need To Be Wildly Successful” Says Arne Duncan In Detroit CBS Local: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent the day in Detroit, visiting a DPS school and an EAA school with Governor Rick Snyder. Duncan says the organization, invested in turning around failing schools, is doing good work.
Raise Your Hand Texas Wields Power on Charter Schools NYT: Raise Your Hand Texas has become a seasoned lobbying force on education issues, and its No. 1 legislative priority is fighting private-school vouchers.
20 Chicago area students travel to China in Urban League program Chicago Sun-Times: “The negative gap in achievement between African Americans and all other groups has steadily increased over the last two decades in Chicago Public Schools. This is an unsustainable picture for all of us — the U.S. economy, the ability of the U.S. to ...