CTU & Rev. Wright

CTU & Rev. Wright

Hey, everyone:  CTU has invited Rev. Jeremiah Wright to help them launch their political advocacy (seriously!) and folks (teachers and otherwise) are meeting to try and prevent CPS from approving more charters. Also: CPS is full of embezzlers. Rauner did or didn't do something wrong in 2009.  Plus national news.

CTU / PROTESTS

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright joins up with Chicago Teachers Union: The Chicago Teachers Union wants a louder voice in the political world — and to kick off that campaign, it’s turning to a public figure every bit as combative as the union itself: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Education Activists Discuss Next Steps Against Charter School Expansion Progress IL: At a community meeting Monday night, about 40 West Side residents and other organizers pledged to put pressure on their elected officials to oppose proposals for 21 new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) charter schools, including two campuses that would target students in the Austin neighborhood.

Community members stand against charter schools Fox Chicago: Community members came out tonight to stand against charter schools. Chicago Public Schools is considering opening more of them a year after closing 50 schools around the city.

OIG

Still more questions in case of deceased CPS worker who stole school funds WBEZ: Two years ago this week Chicagoan Tirado was found dead in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico, according to the US State Department. Back in Chicago, the Lake View High School graduate had been a well-respected wrestling and swim coach at his alma mater where he also served as the school’s technology coordinator.

Report Uncovers Fraud at CPS Chicago Tonight: Chicago Board of Education’s Inspector General Jim Sullivan joins us to talk about his latest watchdog report detailing the waste, fraud and corruption he uncovered this year in the Chicago Public Schools.

RAUNER

Rauner tries defense Capital Fax: Rauner admits making a call to former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan to see how he could get his daughter into Payton,

Bruce Rauner played CPS selective-enrollment game by the rules in 2008 Tribune (Zorn): Does Rauner have anything to apologize for, other than dropping his "g's" to try to sound folksy? No. He didn't break the rules in place at the time and no one broke them on his behalf.

School closings due to weather prompt varied make-up strategies Tribune: Chicago Public Schools will make up one missed day of instruction March 28, at a time administrators thought would allow for more meaningful instruction. The other make-up day is June 11.

NATIONAL

All 50 States Now Using Testing or Student Performance for School Accountability State EdWatch: In 2002, only eight states used graduation rates in school accountability systems, the Education Commission of the States found; that had jumped to 44, plus the District of Columbia, in 2013.

Colorado Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Collective Bargaining Teacher Beat: A Colorado lawmaker wants to end collective bargaining, through a proposal that bears similarities to Republican-sponsored legislation approved in other states.

OTHER CITIES

No ‘Mary Poppins,’ School Chief Honed Blunt Style Over 40 Years NYT: As a teacher and principal, Carmen Fariña became known for her hands-on approach, which propelled her rise in the Education Department and ultimately contributed to her departure.

Successful 'Hour of Code' computer tutorials prompts effort to change Washington Post: Hadi Partovi, retired at 38 after working for Microsoft and creating other tech companies, was figuring out what to do with the rest of his life.

L.A. school board moves forward with computer effort LA Times: The board votes to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses, start purchasing laptops for seven high schools and buy as many tablets as needed for state testing.

Classrooms Getting More Diverse, But Teachers Of Color Struggle NPR: Bringing more teachers of color into schools isn't easy, even though classes are becoming more diverse. Host Michel Martin speaks with Victoria Kunzmann about challenges she faces as a teacher, and why she's remained in the classroom.

2 Injured in Shooting at New Mexico School NYT: The boy suspected in the shooting at a middle school in Roswell was apprehended by a State Police lieutenant.

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