Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Today's news: House blocks union-backed charter school commission overhaul.  Critics slam CPS "accounting adjustment." Chicago Mag debunks falling crime stats.  Nationally: Anyone can try Common Core field tests now. GW Bush laments criticism of high standards for all kids. See it all below.

House nixes union-backed bid to weaken state charter school panel Sun Times: After a racially charged, hour-long debate over weakening a state charter schools panel, the House voted down union-backed legislation Wednesday to give more power to local school districts to veto charter-school applications.

Supporting Charter Schools CLTV: President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Andrew Broy talks on the rally of hundreds of citizens lobbyng for charter schools.

CPS 'accounting adjustment' will increase funding to schools slightly; watchdog warns it's 'financially irresponsible' WBEZ Chicago: Despite looming pension payments, and as the district still reels from budget cuts and layoffs, Chicago Public Schools says it has found a way to slightly increase the amount schools get for each student next year.

CPS budget math just doesn't add up Chicago Sun-Times: CPS on Wednesday said it was increasing the amount. The decision, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennetttold reporters, was meant “to protect our investments in the schools so they drive student achievement.”  See also CatalystProgress IL.

The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates Chicago Mag: A year-long investigation reveals that the numbers are not all that they seem.

If CNN’s Chicagoland profiled this Chicago Public Schools teacher The White Rhino: As a native Chicagoan, as an 18-year educator in the Chicago Public Schools, as a dedicated commentator, I’m tired of outsiders telling a gentrified version of our city. I chimed in on a Twitter conversation tonight while watching a Frasier rerun and thought, “What if Chicagoland had profiled me the last couple of weeks? How would they have spliced this urban teacher’s  experiences?”  Hmmmm.

Best Places to Work Crain's Chicago:  5. MICROSOFT: Employees repaint Sherman Elementary School as part of Microsoft's Chicago Cares event in June. The company will participate again this summer, its 13th year with the program.

Glenbrook South teacher Jeff Yordy, dead at 55, led award-winning horticulture teams Sun Times: At a north suburban high school known for academics, Jeff Yordy made his mark teaching horticulture. Mr. Yordy, who died March 29 at age 55 following heart surgery, started teaching at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview in 1984, and the school horticulture team he coached won the state championship for an astounding 22 years of his tenure there.


Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too Hechinger Report: You can try out sample tests that the test makers released to the public online and see for yourself if they boost your critical thinking skills. Here is a link to practice tests from PARCC, and from Smarter Balanced. Both groups also released individual sample problems previously.

A Plea to Move Forward From NY's Education Chief WNYC: "I hope that all of us — administrators, educators, parents and unions — can lay down our swords, soften the rhetoric, put aside the politics, and come together for the sake of our children," he said. See also ChalkbeatNY.

Arne Duncan urges New Yorkers to stick with Cuomo on teacher evals ChalkbeatNY: "I challenge you to support your governor as he challenges the status quo and tries to raise standards, raise expectations, and evaluate and support your teachers and principals,” Duncan said near the end of a brief speech at the National Action Network conference in New York City Wednesday night.

George W. Bush Defends No Child Left Behind AP: Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children and that he fears what he calls the 'soft bigotry' of low expectations is returning 50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Tennessee Considers Parent Trigger Legislation Budget & Tax News: For several years, Tennessee parents and bipartisan legislators have worked to pass a Parent Trigger law to let families require reforms within.

9 killed when FedEx truck strikes bus carrying LA-areastudents Los Angeles Times:  LAUSD officials said students from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown and ... Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. ... that all of our students recover,” L.A. Unified school board member Monica Garcia said.



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  • It was my understanding that House Bill 4237 was not drafted by the teachers unions, but rather by the Education Management Alliance which is composed of school administrators and school board members. The two major teacher's unions, the IFT and IEA endorsed and supported the bill.

    That is why HB 4237 had Republican support in the House Elementary and Secondary Committee. It passed out of committee with only one no vote. Once it got to the floor the charter school supporters and Rauner's people pressured Republicans that had supported HB 4237 to vote against it.

    Rod Estvan

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