Lots of coverage and commentary about Karen Lewis's campaign pronouncements. Catalyst gets a cash infusion. They're upset at Benito Juarez. Plus new national polls showing support for tests and standards.
CTU chief Lewis is campaigning all right — against the mayor: Brown Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has ruled herself out of a 2015 mayoral campaign against Rahm Emanuel so often that nobody even bothered to ask her again Monday after a big City Club speech in which she threatened to “send him into early retirement.”
CTU President Lewis Intends To Play Spoiler Role In Next Year's Election Chicagoist: Since CTU and the School Board agreed on that contract all Emanuel, the board and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara-Byrd-Bennett have done
CTU's Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be 'Contentious' DNAinfo: CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett responded, "My team and I are focused on finishing this school year strong for our students, parents, teachers and administrators, and we are not yet focused on contract negotiations for next year."
Lewis should tone down rhetoric Chicago Sun-Times: ... as one way fix state's pensicrisis shore up. Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, supports a financial transaction tax as one way to fix the state's pension crisis and shore up the Chicago Public Schools budget.
Traders would be 'heroes' if new tax saves pensions: CTU chief
Chicago Sun-Times: A tax that financial traders in Chicago would pay on each transaction could solve the pension crisis, generate revenue and “make heroes” out of the wealthy men and women who work on LaSalle Street, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told...
SXU to host speakers for annual commencement The Beverly Review: St. Xavier University (SXU) recently announced that former Mercy Housing chief executive officer (CEO) Sr. Lillian Murphy, RSM, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett will speak and receive honorary degrees...
New national grants Catalyst: Catalyst is pleased to report that the Knight Foundation has awarded Catalyst a two-year, $100,000 grant to help grow its audience, community engagement and revenue. In addition, the Ford Foundation has approved a grant of $375,000 to support reporting on expanded learning time by Catalyst and six other local, nonprofit news organizations: EdSource Today (in Oakland, CA), the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and the ChalkBeat publications in Denver, Indianapolis, Memphis and New York City.
Benito Juarez Teachers Feel 'Harassed' After Criticizing Attendance Policy DNAinfo: PILSEN — Teachers at Benito Juarez Community Academy — whose attendance policy is under investigation by the Chicago Public Schoolswatchdog — said Tuesday they felt "harassed" after a school official sent an email accusing them of "libel" ...
Teachers, students and adult public more supportive of school testing than you might think Hechinger: Two different opinion polls show a surprising level of support for bubbling in circles with number 2 pencils... It seems that teachers are softening their resistance to testing.
UFT releases details about proposed changes to teacher evals, Absent Teacher Reserve Chalkbeat: Severance pay will be offered to excessed teachers based on how many years they’ve been in the system: One week of pay for ATRs with three to four years of work, and two weeks pay for four to six years of work. The top cash-out would be 10 weeks of pay for 20 years of service.
Unions Picket N.Y. Advocacy-Group Meeting TeacherBeat: Teachers' union members are protesting an meeting staged by the advocacy organization Education Reform Now, which they depict as an example of big-money interests trying to profit off of public schools.
Teacher-Evaluation Bid in Texas Gets Poor Union Reception Teacher Beat: The Texas AFT doesn't like a plan submitted by the Lone Star State as part of its NCLB waiver.
Last year, 25 hedge fund managers earned more than double every kindergarten teacher combined Vox: It's about 0.13 percent of total national income for 2013 being earned by something like 0.00000008 percent of the American population.
Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students NPR: The Department of Education declared that transgender students are protected under Title IX. But there are questions about how that will work on campuses, and what the legal complications might be.
Samuel Halperin, Education Policy Leader of Great Society Era, Dies PK12: In 1993, Mr. Halperin founded the American Youth Policy Forum, a professional-development program for federal policy aides that provides information and field experiences related to youth development.
Tests That Educators Want to Have, but Can’t NYT: A state order prevents teachers and principals from disclosing the contents of three days of standardized English tests given in April, though 37 principals have sounded the alarm about the design and quality of the tests.
Why some schools still insist on lessons in elegant cursive PBS NewsHour: For centuries, cursive was a pillar of elementary education and a crucial tool for recording and preserving history. But the slow, yet steady decline of this handwriting technique can be traced to the 1970s. Since then, school budgets have gotten smaller and more emphasis has been placed on both standardized testing and technology in the classroom.
City Council Flexes (Limited) Authority Over Charter Schools WNYC: At a Council hearing on Tuesday, Education Committee Chairman Daniel Dromm and his colleagues pressed Department of Education officials and charter school representatives about enrollment patterns, co-locations, private fundraising and disciplinary practices. The hearing — which lasted from the morning to late afternoon — was a chance for council members to vent their frustrations at a charter system that grew to 183 schools under the previous administration with little legislative oversight.
D.C. Council to hold hearings on school boundaries Washington Post: D.C. Council Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania (I-At Large) said he plans to hold hearings in June on the city’s controversial proposals to overhaul school boundaries and student-assignment policies, giving parents and others another public venue to air opinions and concerns.
16-Year-Old Graduates From High School AND College In Same Week HuffPost: “I started when I was 13 at Broward College and I also took my classes throughout the summer, so I was able to finish it before four years,” Bush, who received her degree from Florida Atlantic University, told CBS Miami.
Draft accountability plans raise concerns about usefulness to parents EdSource Today:California school districts are in the process of drafting plans detailing how they intend to spend state education dollars and, so far, most of the documents are dense with education jargon, acronyms and legalese. And in many cases, they don’t provide a clear picture of how districts will use state funds to improve the academic performance of “high-needs” students.