Archive for February 2014

Rahm's Incomplete Education

Rahm's Incomplete Education
Take a look at Neil Steinberg's profile of Rahm Emanuel -- "the nation's reigning mayor" now that Bloomberg is gone --  in the latest Esquire if you want to read some familiar but still juicy descriptions of the much-discussed Emanuel-Lewis relationship (he admits to swearing at her but claims they hugged at the end of the meeting), some political analysis about his opponents' chances of unseating him (slim to none), and -- my favorite part -- a description of Rahm guest teaching a class (Greeley Elementary). Best sentence from the whole piece? "Many politicians clutch at the concept of “the children,” but Rahm grabs them like human shields." Other favorites from the story below the fold...

Another CTU Strike In 2015?

Another CTU Strike In 2015?
Catalyst's story about the CTU contract negotiations suggests that there won't be an extension and could be another strike in 2015. Fun!  Also in the news: tax hikes instead of pension cuts, UIC faculty seeks better compensation.  Nationally: Mayoral races in DC and Newark could focus on education issues.  TV villain Omarosa is running for school board in LA...

Where's The Real Divide?

Where's The Real Divide?
Slate’s Matt Yglesias says that the real divide among Democrats isn’t populism (like Dan Balz and Philip Rucker have argued when looking at bank regulations and tax rates) but rather education reform (Divided Democrats). “If you want to look at a really significant ideological divide among Democrats, you should look at education” where, among other things,... Read more »
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Pension Battle Heating Up

Pension Battle Heating Up
Welcome back! Today's education news includes a big New York Times story about the return of magnet programs in Chicago and elsewhere and lots of coverage of the union campaign against pension changes that would cost their members. Check it all out below, and follow comments and Twitter (@district299) throughout the day...

Valentine's Day News

Valentine's Day News
Today's local education news isn't all that abundant -- 3D printing at Walt Disney, CMSA expansion. But there's lots of coverage about how schools nationwide are dealing with snow days (via online learning, among other things).  Check it out.  Let me know what I missed (or what's going on at your school). Happy Valentines Day...

Suspension Questions

Suspension Questions
Are suspensions down as much as CPS is saying? Catalyst isn't so sure.  Jay Travis holds a press conference in front of closed Fiske school building. Meanwhile, New York City public radio profiles Sara E. Goode's six-year high school program, and Chicago Magazine profiles enhanced summer job training programs. Plus national news galore...
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Harvard Profs Tout UChicago Charters

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Two Harvard professors have written a new book focused on efforts to reduce inequality in American society and in this Atlantic Education page essay they include the UChicago charter network among three programs doing a notably good job educating low-income students (How Public Schools Can Fight Back Against Inequality)...

Peer Juries, Wells HS, Suspensions

Peer Juries, Wells HS, Suspensions
Today's news includes more coverage about the reduced suspensions in CPS, a couple of stories about the anti-Rauner union PAC that's been created, a couple of stories about the Cullerton-CTU pension debate, and a story in La Prensa about advocates' efforts to encourage parents to opt out of standardized testing. Elsewhere: New York state reversed itself on teacher salaries.  There's a 10-way race for union head in LAUSD...

Jail Time For Faking Address?

Jail Time For Faking Address?
Illinois is one of 8 states where parents can go to jail for faking a child’s address in order to get a better education, according to this map from Al Jazeera America.  But has that happened anywhere near here? I don’t know.  There was a much-publicized case in Ohio a few years ago.  More recently,... Read more »
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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. ...