The big Board meeting is coming next week. Meantime, CTU is holding an election and planning marches. Emanuel has set up a campaign committee to oust City Council opponents. Joravsky is talking about the Lincoln Park HS dismissals/student walkout. What else? It's cold!
3 days of marches against school closings announced Tribune: With just over a week before the Chicago Board of Education votes on a proposal to close 54 schools, the Chicago Teachers Union and other activist groups said Monday they would hold marches over three days to protest the plan.
CTU plans 'old-style civil rights march' before vote on closing schools Chicago Sun-Times: In its final push before the Board of Education votes on whether to shutter 54 schools and 61 school buildings, the Chicago Teachers Union will lead a weekend protest march in hardest-hit neighborhoods, the CTU announced Monday.
We’re Going to Have to Fight Rahm Again CPS Chatter: With the union election this Friday, teachers need to decide who they feel most comfortable with to do the organizing and fighting that will be necessary to counter Mayor Emanuel and hopefully help remove him from office. For me, it’s definitely CORE. For you, it may be somebody else, but I really hope not.
Black Caucus chair wants mayor to follow hearing officers school closings ... Chicago Sun-Times: The chairman of the City Council's Black Caucus is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked school board follow hearing officers recommendations to keep open 13 of 54 Chicago Public Schools targeted for closing.
Closing schools, cutting resources CMW: Independent hearing officer Paddy McNamara has recommended against closing Manierre, but CPS general counsel James Bebley filed a response arguing that in doing so, she “exceeded the scope of her authority” by considering information beond what CPS submitted.
Can anyone beat Rahm? Continued Eric Zorn Political consultant Will Caskey in the Illinois Observer: In the meantime, he’s going to take his OTHER campaign committee and possibly set up an independent expenditure that can take unlimited contributions, and then he will steamroll CTU’s allies on the City Council. All nine of them (speaking generously).
Rahm Emanuel Bill Clinton Impersonation: Chicago Mayor Gives Graduation ... Huffington Post: Newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks, accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Chicago.
Rahm Emanuel: a midterm mayoral recap Time Out Chicago (blog): ... Zeke, who apparently never got the top bunk. Rahm is currently running unopposed for mayor of Chicago in 2015. For democracy's sake, here's hoping anyone eyeing a bid to challenge him—Karen Lewis? Toni Preckwinkle?—doesn't heed Zeke's warning.
Why won't Emanuel talk about Mayor He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named? John Kass: One subject that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel never touches involves a legendary political figure.
The fix is in! Chicago gaming and school funding - ChicagoNow ChicagoNow: Let's look at what that's meant for Chicago Public Schools since this connection was established. Here's what the Illinois Lottery website ("Anything's possible!") has to tell us about how much has gone to schools. It's pretty impressive!
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 option ...
To the Class of 2013: Resist simplicity Tribune (Stephen L. Carter): Your great challenge is to regain the high ground my generation once championed: the freedom to think for yourselves.
If only the students at Lincoln Park High were on the school board Ben Joravsky: For the record, my official stance on students skipping school to participate in political protest is no, no, no! They should spend every waking minute of every day dutifully doing whatever it is that they're told to do so that they can go on to become something really important—like mayor or school board member. In which case they can randomly close schools, fire teachers, and impose harebrained curriculum on unsuspecting students.…