Emanuel and Lewis back in touch after two years (and Lewis was recently ill, according to the Sun Times). Budget cuts and staffing changes. New ISAT results statewide show lower results based on newer standards.
EMANUEL AND LEWIS
Year after strike, mayor offers CTU president olive branch Sun Times: The seven-day strike by Chicago Public School teachers that was the city’s first in 25 years marked its one-year anniversary on Tuesday. The mayor who helped to instigate it apparently wants to make certain it doesn’t happen again.
Rahm's Been Reaching Out to Karen Lewis NBC Chicago: The Chicago Teacher's Union president talked with Mary Ann Ahern on the one year anniversary of the Chicago Teacher's Strike and said that Mayor Emanuel has been reaching out to get their relationship back on track. They haven't spoken in two years.
Loud Voice Fighting Tide of New Trend in Education New York Times: “About two or three years ago people were feeling, 'Oh, my God, these people are taking over and there's nothing we can do,' ” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
Chess losing out in CPS Catalyst: Chicago was in line to get expertise and money for a non-profit scholastic chess program that would rival New York City’s first-class program, but the program is dead in the water because of bureaucracy and special interests, according to an op-ed by the Illinois Chess Association.
Statewide ISAT scores plummet after bar is raised Tribune: Only 4th-graders notch passing rate above 60 percent. State exam scores plunged to record lows across most grades after the state raised the bar for passing the spring 2013 exams for third- through eighth-graders, according to results released Tuesday.
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.