Mayor & Union Head Back In Touch

Mayor & Union Head Back In Touch

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.


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.
Rahm Defends School Closings, Says He Admires, Supports Teachers DNAI: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said first-day attendance wasn't the true test of "consolidated" schools.
Rahm: Rename Stony Island for civil rights leader Brazier Chicago Sun-Times: Bishop Brazier also helped organize a boycott of Chicago Public Schools to protest the concentration of black students in mobile classrooms. His efforts helped ...
Golden Apple recruiting more teachers for South Side Catalyst: The Golden Apple Scholars program has received a $1 million contract to recruit 175 teachers in the coming years, most of them likely to be minorities.

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.

Swift Elementary Braces for More Cuts After $400,000 Loss DNAI: Edgewater's Swift Elementary had 40 fewer students than expected, which could mean more cuts.
Mixed review on new schools from parents as class resumed in Chicago Austin Weekly News: Before the vote, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised welcoming schools would get certain capital improvements, including air-conditioning and iPads for all students.
Man shot to death near Evanston Township High School Sun Times: A 21-year-old Evanston man was shot to death outside his home Tuesday night, roughly one block from the campus of Evanston Township High School in the north suburb.


Tougher scoring blamed for state drop in elementary school reading, math scores Sun Times: Test scores for Illinois elementary students dipped significantly in 2013 in both reading and math. But the state board of education says the changes are due to tougher scoring criteria, and students are still making gains.
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.


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