Meet Jay Travis

Meet Jay Travis

Jay Travis is running for state office and spoke to the CTU recently. There's a new report on elementary "on-track" rate, according to Catalyst. Elsewhere: White kids get better teachers, says LA report. NY Governor Cuomo lambastes the state department of education's decision to delay Common Core implementation. 


DFER backs incumbent charter fan in Chicago Substance via CORE: Jay Travis spoke to the union's more than 500 delegates (snow and cold had kept the number down from the usual 800) on February 5, thanking the union for its support. But the struggle is just beginning.

Jay Travis is the real deal [Updated] Mike Klonsky:I got to meet 26th Dist Rep. candidate Jay Travis at a campaign fundraiser for her last night. I came away thinking, she's the real deal.

Mayor backs controversial plan at old Children’s Hospital site Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose sides Monday in a controversy that has divided Lincoln Park — by embracing a scaled-down, $300 million plan to redevelop the site of the now-shuttered Children’s Memorial Hospital.

A Snow Day Cost This Woman Her Job at Whole Foods The Nation:All over the country, parents are losing jobs because of conflicting orders: public health officials instructing parents to keep kids home, and bosses threatening to fire workers who don’t come in.


Elementary on-track rate has merit, but no sure-fire predictor of success Catalyst:A soon-to-be-released Consortium report, which influenced the development of CPS’ on-track measure, has found evidence that grades and attendance in 6th through 8th grade predict high school success. But there is less evidence when it comes to 3rd through 5th grades.


Can you persuade kids to ditch soda for water? WBEZ Chicago: One novel approach was launched last week at Brooks Middle School in the west Chicago suburb of Oak Park, which focused on quenching thirst with water rather than pop.

Koldyke Fellow Providing Educational Tools for Change WTTW: We talk with Kiran Bir Sethi from Ahmedabad, India who is changing the formula for childhood education on a global scale and is this year’s Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow in Entrepreneurship.

Early Childhood Education Center Coming to Back of the Yards School DNA: The new center at Arthur Libby Elementary School will open Feb. 18 and serve up to 122 students.

Spring series talks announced Vidette Online: Karen Lewis, the Chicago teachers union president, will speak at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Brown Ballroom of The Bone Student Center on defending public education.


Cuomo Says Education Board’s Plan Dilutes Teacher Reviews NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo attacked state education officials over a proposal that would give teachers more leeway to protest poor evaluations. See also TeacherBeat, ChalkbeatNY.

Cuomo Clashes with Education Leaders Over Common Core Fixes WNYC: In a fiery statement, the governor charged that the Regents were halting the teacher evaluation system and seemed to question the Regents' competence overall. See also Hechinger Report.

Colorado's slow rollout of teacher evaluations could hold advantages Denver Post: Colorado is among two-thirds of states that have passed laws since 2009 reforming educator evaluation systems in an effort to tap federal stimulus money and qualify for waivers from mandates established through No Child Left Behind.

School Leaders Present Their Brand of Accountability for a Renewed ESEA EdWeek: Fifteen superintendents who make up the Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium call for a whole lot less standardized testing, a whole lot more leeway for states and local districts to set their own academic targets for students—akin to what's already been happening under the federal No Child Left Behind waivers for states.

StudentsFirst forming small donor campaign fund for local, state elections EdSource: The advocacy and lobbying organization wants to set up a small contributor committee, Californians for Putting Students First, that would give money directly to state and local candidates.

Robert E. Cooke, a Creator of Head Start, Dies at 93 NYT: An adviser to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Dr. Cooke was instrumental in major initiatives to benefit children.


White students get better teachers in L.A., researcher testifies LA Times: Black and Latino students are more likely to get ineffective teachers in Los Angeles schools than white and Asian students, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher. The findings were released this week during a trial challenging the way California handles the dismissal, lay off and tenure process for teachers. See also HuffPost.

Chief of Harlem Children’s Program Will Step Aside NYT: Geoffrey Canada will step down as the chief executive of Harlem Children’s Zone after two decades. See also WNYC, ChalkbeatNY

Suit Will Seek State Money Promised to NYC Schools in 2007 NYT: After a 2006 court ruling, the state, in 2007, agreed to give $7 billion in additional aid to schools, but the entire amount did not materialize.

Philadelphia School Chief Faces Down Budget Cuts and Crises NYT: William R. Hite Jr. has laid off almost 4,000 workers and closed 24 schools since becoming Philadelphia superintendent of schools in 2012.

Arne Duncan visits D.C. school to cheer contributions of City Year volunteers WP: Education Secretary Arne Duncan paid a visit Monday to Southeast Washington’s D.C. Scholars Stanton Elementary to recognize the role that young City Year volunteers have played in helping spur the school’s transformation in recent years.



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  • Alexander there has to be more to the Geoffrey Canada retirement than appears in the NYT story. What are the stories being floated around New York? Has he amassed enough money from the Harlem Children’s Zone project to retire in the Pocono Mountains or Florida at age 62?

    Rod Estvan

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