Lots of news today: UNO teachers unionize (will this affect how CTU members think about charters?), Obama is set to nominate Pritzker for his Cabinet, Payton and Brooks players are meeting at CPS tomorrow AM, and longtime CPS educator Phil Hansen has passed away (RIP).
Obama to nominate Chicago exec Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary Thursday Sun Times: President Barack Obama will tap Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker to be the next Commerce Secretary on Thursday, a White House official told the Chicago Sun-Times. Obama will make the announcement at 9 a.m. Chicago time during an event at the White House before he departs for Mexico City.
UNO charter teachers vote to unionize Sun Times:Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter-school networks — run by the United Neighborhood Organization — have voted to organize into a union.
Chicago Charter Schools Unionize WSJ: Teachers in one of the country's largest nonprofit charter-school groups voted to unionize, fortifying efforts by organized labor to expand in an area of public education where it has been largely unwelcome.
UNO charter school teachers unionize WBEZ: Mullins says UNO has been in contact with union representatives for more than a year. He said the recent agreement to allow teachers to organize is not related to an ongoing investigation of UNO schools for potential misuse of a state construction grant.
Derrion Albert’s Mom Speaks Out Against School Closures Fox via CPS Chatter: ”I don’t care if the schools are three blocks apart,” Albert says. “You know the kids, they don’t get along with each other and you’re gonna mix all them in together and you’re gonna basically come out with the same situation that we had that happened in September of ‘09.”
Players from Payton, Brooks to meet at breakfast Friday at CPS headquarters Sun Times: A breakfast will be held Friday to promote fellowship among high school baseball players from two teams caught up in a controversy after a North Side coach said he was forced to cancel a game on the South Side because parents feared for their children’s safety. Players from Payton College Prep and Brooks College Prep will meet to share the meal at Chicago Public Schools headquarters
Chicago Public Schools raises questions with $162 million capital budget Tribune: Chicago Public Schools released a proposed $162 million capital budget for its 2014 fiscal year Wednesday that officials said will focus only on the "most urgent needs and educational facilities," in light of a projected $1 billion budget deficit.
Will new teacher evaluations help or hurt Chicago’s schools? Hechinger Report: As of early April, Boran and two assistant principals had collectively done 98 observations using the city's new teacher evaluation system. Boran's assessments take her three hours apiece, from reviewing pre-observation lesson plans to a post-evaluation conference and data entry.
How mayor can bring hope to city’s disadvantaged students Sun Times (oped): Currently, 17 states offer 33 programs enabling parents to send children to private schools with public money. Critics still object that some private schools are religious, but this is legal, as shown (again) by a recent favorable ruling about the constitutionality of school choice in Indiana.
REST IN PEACE
Philip J. Hansen Obituary Sun Times: Visitation Friday, May 3rd 3:00 to 9:00p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home 11333 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn. Funeral Saturday, lying in state 10:00a.m. until time of service at 11:00a.m at Peace Memorial Church, 10300 W. 131st St., Palos Park. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Peace Memorial Church. For info: www.chapelhillgarden.com or 708-636-1200.