Rauner, Makeup Days, Special Ed Shortage

Rauner, Makeup Days, Special Ed Shortage

Today's education news includes more about Rauner and Payton, CTU creating a new political organization (and endorsing Guzzardi), questions about how CPS will make up the snow days, and lots of national news and updates from other cities.


Analysis: Rauner's latest flap could pack the greater punch Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner made the donation one year and a half after he called then-ChicagoPublic Schools CEO Arne Duncan asking to reverse his daughter's rejection from Payton.

Only .0014 percent of Payton College Prep students get in thanks to principal’s help Sun Times: So how difficult was it for an average Chicago student to be admitted into Payton College Prep the year that Bruce Rauner made a call to get his daughter in? More than 9,000 students applied for 353 open seats in the 2008-09 academic year, according to data obtained by the Sun-Times through the Freedom of Information Act.

Rauner Steps in it Again Second City Cop: Has anyone seen the commercials running lately for this goof?There's a whole series of them on YouTube, but we aren't linking to them. The one we saw has Rauner lambasting the government unions and " politicians bought and paid for."


CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org NBC Chicago: Faced with what it sees as increasing pressure on public education and issues critical to its members, the Chicago Teachers Union has decided to wade directly into Chicago and Illinois politics with its own independent political organization.

Chicago Teachers Union endorsed Will Guzzardi for 39th Fred Klonsky: Guzzardi is challenging six-term incumbent Toni Berrios in the March 18th Democratic primary. Guzzardi ran a grassroots campaign for the same seat in the 2012 primaries, falling short of Berrios by only 125 votes in that election.

Teachers union brings back Rev. Jeremiah Wright Crain's: "Some of our most troubled and broken communities are strengthened and united by the faith of the people," CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement.


Different make-up strategies for school days lost to cold Tribune: Last week's bitter cold canceled the same two days of school for students across the Chicago area. But when those days will be made up will vary, as some school districts move away from tacking on days in June. "We were hearing from teachers and hearing...


Teen on way to school shot while waiting for CTA bus CLTV: A 17-year-old girl was shot while waiting for her bus on the Far Southeast Side Monday morning. Police say 17-year-old Destiny Colon was shot in the abdomen at the corner of 102nd and Commercial this morning.  She was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition. Colon is a senior at Epic Academy.  In a statement the school said their “hearts and prayers go out to Colon and her family.”


Find a New School For Your Child at 7th Annual EXPO at Soldier Field DNA Info: The 7th Annual New School EXPO will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25.

Annex Opens at Overcrowded Edison Park Elementary DNA Info: Classes started being held in the "badly needed" annex after students returned from winter break. CPS phasing out Styrofoam food trays Sun Times: Finance Chairman Edward Burke (14th) introduced the ban last month, noting that more than 250,000 CPS students use Styrofoam food trays every day.

Special Education Shortage Chicago Tonight: School districts across the country are reporting a shortage of special education teachers. We take a look at Chicago Public Schools' shortage and find out how districts and universities are working to fill the void.

School Violence Lands More Than 90,000 a Year in the ER, Study Finds NBC News: Despite all the lip service given to battling bullying, many kids are still being seriously hurt while on school grounds, a new study shows.

Kids learning new words at warp speed USA Today: A website that teaches kids new words has touched off spirited digital competition among schools from coast to coast.


Christie Proposes Longer School Day Amid Scandal ABC News: Proposal for longer school day, year may help NJ's Christie rebound from traffic jam scandal

Rep. George Miller, Major Education-Reform Advocate in Congress, to Retire PK12: It's hard to overstate the impact that the retirement of Miller, first elected to Congress in 1974, will have on the future of federal K-12 policy. He was one of the first Democrats to embrace policies like charter schools, merit pay for effective teachers, and a robust role for the federal government in accountability—and remains among their most vocal champions in the Democratic caucus.

Rep. George Miller, education reform leader, announces retirement EdSource Today:The law pleased civil rights groups, but drew criticism from teachers’ unions who charged that using student scores on standardized tests as the measure of school accountability was deeply flawed.

Rep. George Miller, leading Democratic voice on education, set to retire Washington Post: Rep. George Miller’s decision to retire after 40 years in Congress, coming after the announced retirement of Sen. Tom Harkin (Iowa), means Democrats will lose their two strongest congressional leaders on education issues at the end of the year.

Albany Dems Differ on How Far to Push for Pre-K WNYC: The legislature's most powerful Democrat is standing by Mayor Bill de Blasio's tax increase to support pre-K and after-school programs, but he's not willing to go as far as one of his colleagues.

Michigan, Texas, and S.C. Give Biggest Boosts to Pre-K Spending, ECS Reports State EdWatch: Only three states decreased their prekindergarten spending in the fiscal 2014 year, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

Discipline for Using Cellphones in School on the Decline NBC News: Maryland disciplinary reports reveal a fast decline in out of school suspensions for violations of cellphone policy.


Judge OKs Pact Ending Ark. Desegregation Payments AP: The state has made more than $1 billion in payments to three Little Rock-area school districts since 1989 to aid desegregation efforts. Under the deal approved by U.S. District Judge Price Marshall on Monday, those payments will end in four years, even though one of the districts still hasn't been declared desegregated.

2 parents plead not guilty to vandalizing Adelanto school classroom LA Times: Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law.

Two teachers joining the race for LA Unified board seat LA School Report: Now that the special election for the open District 1 seat on the LA Unified school board is set for June 3, a host of candidates say they will throw a hat in the ring, including two teachers, Sherlett Hendy Newbill and Rachel Johnson.




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  • Two hundred and forty three classrooms of children with disabilities do not have certified special education teachers. CPS does manage to drive out teachers with special education certification. This shortage is nothing new. CPS offers very little support to new special education teachers and after about two years of CPS they leave for the suburbs. We are a training ground. The children lose and other systems win.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I was a special education teacher for CPS. Yes, they've managed to drive me out several times. At the end of each school year, they cut special ed. positions based on enrollment, then hire mid-year. Latest cut was due to standing up for my students and my roll as a special educator. After spending all year supervising lunch and recess: questioning how my students were not receiving all their IEP minutes, yet it was acceptable for me to cover non-instructional time. Constantly having my classess cancelled so I could be a substitute for the day, losing prep periods to cover non-special ed. classes and never having them made up, then finally being dismissed because my REACH rating was "developing". Administrators purposely lowering scores because teachers question how special education students are denied services.

    No wonder special education teachers leave CPS.

  • Where did Ronda Seegert come from and what are her qualifications?

  • Re Rhonda Saegert:


    SUBSCRIPT: New 'Network Chief' was parked as an 'Area Officer' since summer while Barbara Byrd Bennett worked latest Ohio crony into a top administrative job

    George N. Schmidt - November 01, 2013

    Ohio Governor John Kasich should be sending regular "Thank You" letters to Chicago School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and her boss, Rahm Emanuel. Byrd Bennett may be decimating Chicago's real public schools and firing veteran teachers and administrators, but at the same time she is creating jobs -- for administrators from Ohio!

    Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett (above, at the April 24, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education) has found it impossible to locate talented administrators in Chicago or Illinois, so since she became the school system's chieftain in October 2012 she has located them in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere -- without ever being held accountable for her cronyism or adherence to the Broad Foundation's lists of people. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Take Rhonda Saegert, who has barely been in town long enough to find her way out of the Loop, but who is now the "Chief of Schools" (if that's what they are still calling the Network chieftains) for "Network 10."

    A year ago, Rhonda Saegert was a media-hounding principal in Cleveland. Suddenly last summer, she was working for Alicia Winckler in Chicago's "Office of Human Capital" (that's what the budget calls it; in the crazy game called "Naming" Chicago now calls that office "Talent"...) with a salary of $151,000 a year and the title "AIO." Trouble was, Chicago hasn't had "AIO" since four CEOs ago. The last time the job title "AIO" was utilized was back in the day when Arne Duncan was still salvationing Chicago's public schools by Renaissance2010ing the schools on behalf of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    But Rhonda Saegert has finally landed fully in Chicago, thanks to the "Talent Office" run by Barbara Byrd Bennett that says that the best place to find Chicago administrators is in Ohio or Michigan or Tennessee -- BUT NEVER IN ILLINOIS. She is now "Chief Officer" (we're not yet certain what the latest titles will be; most recently Chicago called them "Chiefs of Schools") for "Network 10." According to CPS sources, "Network 10" includes "Beverly, Midway, Chicago Lawn and Ashburn. As of Substance press time this first day of November 2013, CPS had not provided the public (or parents or students) with an actual listing of the schools in each "Network." Nor has Barbara Byrd Bennett explained why a sub-district configuration putting Pre Kindergarten through 12th Grade in the same mix is possible, since it has failed twice before during the past quarter century in Chicago.

    The reason? Administrators -- even those who have actually taught and been principals in Chicago -- do not usually understand both high schools and elementary schools, and the differences do matter.

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