Unions spend big on Republican campaigns (that's your money). LSC deadline looms (I blame CTU and CPS equally for abandoning LSCs). Shaw For Mayor (!?). Parents have to figure out what to do if their kids didn't get into a first or second choice. Some folks don't like how Chicagoland is portraying CPS students. Plus news from other cities and around the nation (and throughout the day at @district299).
Why are unions spending so much on GOP race? Tribune (editorial): If you haven't heard: One of the Republicans running for governor of Illinois wants to shake up Springfield. His campaign is peddling "Shake Up Springfield" T-shirts, visors, fleece jackets, iPhone covers and coffee cups. He promises that, if elected, he'll challenge public employee unions and other interests that he says have shaped the status quo ¿ the sorry state of this state.
Former Alderman Robert Shaw Running For Mayor DNAinfo: "I am dissatisfied with Barbara Byrd-Bennett closing all those schools. My plan is to look at how we can restructure TIF funds to see if it could be used to offset the school's budget deficit," explained Shaw.
Navigate Chicago schools - keep plan B an option ChicagoNow (blog)
Some families are now learning that their kids are not accepted to the Chicago Public Schools of their choice for early education. In most cases, it's a numbers game with nearly impossible odds. For example, Oscar Mayer's pre-Kindergarten has over 2 .
CNN's Chicagoland does no good for Chicago Public Schools students ChicagoNow: A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a conversation about Chicago Public Schools with a group that learned about our schools mainly through the media. No one in the audience ever attended CPSschool. Most were white.
No outside surge detected... The Capitol Fax Blog (blog): Rahm's team wants him to win, there's nothing interesting in the Dem primary, and believe it or not there are a good number of Democrats who intensely dislike Karen Lewis. -
LSC Elections: Candidate Forums Scheduled in Coming Weeks at Area Schools DNA Info: Meet the folks running for your Local School Council at upcoming candidate forums.
De Blasio Closes In on Pre-K Funding, but Not From a Higher Tax NYT: Even as he faces escalating attacks for his stance toward charter schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday neared securing state funding to expand prekindergarten in New York City.
See also: No Easy Task in Bid to Find Seats for Pre-K NYT
Senate Takes Aim at De Blasio's Power Over Charters WNYC: Senate leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein inserted language in their budget resolution that would specifically prevent Mayor de Blasio from acting on his plan to charge rent to charters, by requiring districts to let charters use public school buildings without any cost. The resolution would also essentially undo de Blasio's decision to block three charter schools from opening in the fall.
D.C. schools see progress under Mayor Gray, but questions linger WP: The day after Vincent C. Gray defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2010, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee warned that the election results would be “devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.”
Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries NPR: A new study by Pew Research Internet Project has a surprise: people who use the old-school local library also tend to be highly engaged with technology.
Big business takes on tea party over Common Core Politico: A coalition including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a national advertising blitz Sunday targeted at Republicans skeptical about the standards. Spots promoting the Common Core will air on Fox News and other conservative outlets.
Video: Missing child found after school mix-up MSNBC: Everyone goes through ups and downs over their lifetime. On Wednesday, a Schenectady family experienced the highest high and the lowest low they could imagine in a single day. "Hell, I wanted to die," said Patricia Rodriguez.