The union wants to talk about pension modifications for current members (you guys still get 3 percent cumulative!?). CTU president got weight-loss surgery (for a possible mayoral run, says Sneed). The HOD vote against Common Core isn't wise, according to Ray Salazar, and puts CTU in line with conservative opponents as well as liberals. Nationally, the Obama administration is warning schools not to screen out perceived immigrants, and a NYC union head's speech has riled folks up over the new labor deal.
Teachers union offers to compromise on pensions Crain's: In an uncharacteristic peace gesture, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says she's prepared to offer pension concessions covering thousands of her members — but only under certain circumstances.
Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise NBC Chicago: Karen Lewis, Chicago Teacher's Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiate a compromise on member pensions.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
CTU chief Karen Lewis gets weight-loss surgery, eyes mayor's race Sun Times: Sneed hears that indomitable Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's nemesis, has decided to tackle a tough personal issue. Her weight. Sneed hears the CTU chief underwent weight-loss surgery in March for two reasons.
COMMON CORE OPPO
Chicago Teachers Union votes to oppose Common Core WBEZ: The Chicago teachers’ vote puts the union, controlled by political progressives, in strange company. Take conservative radio host Glenn Beck for instance. “Besides being dumber, our kids are going to be indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology,” Beck has warned. He has called the Common Core an “insidious menace to our children and to our families.”
I disagree with the Chicago Teachers Union decision against Common Core White Rhino: This morning, I learned through the media that the Chicago Teachers Union voted against the Common Core Standards (CCSS).
Lindblom Math and Science principal among Golden Apple winners Tribune: Mather, a 28-year Chicago Public Schools veteran, became emotional as he accepted the award.
West Side schools to get money for capital projects AustinTalks: These projects will be funded by revenue from bond sales, TIF money, state and federal funding, and donations from corporate and private sources.
With gym class, schools try to get creative Catalyst: According to an analysis by the Chicago Teachers Union, 28 elementary schools have no gym teachers, and overcrowding and budget cuts have left many elementary schools without adequate facilities and equipment for physical education classes.
Chicago’s Racist Test Questions CPS Chatter: Argument one is from Arie Payo who used to work for the Bush administration and now writes for the Conservative Journal. His argument is “I think it is best to keep America for Americans and those who know how to speak English properly. Save America for those of us who know how to behave in law abiding ways.”
Preschools turn medical miracle: Column USA Today: Early childhood education programs can result not just in better school performance but also in better health. Imagine the astonishing implications this can have on public welfare and public health. If high-quality early childhood programs were available to all America's youngest, even very disadvantaged people could live better and longer lives, saving the state — all of us — enormous sums of money.
Districts Told Not to Deny Students Over Immigration NYT: The Justice and Education Departments said schools “may be in violation of federal law” if they turn children away because they or their parents do not have immigration papers. See also NPR, LA Times.
Ted Mitchell, former state board president, confirmed as under secretary of education EdSource: Mitchell, who will oversee higher education in the federal department, has been an advocate for education reform in California and nationally. He was president of the State Board of Education from 2008 through 2010 and was president of Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1999 to 2005.
Two Democrats Seeking To Replace Moran Say They Oppose Common Core Standards WAMU: Candidates in the hotly contested Democratic primary to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran are divided about national education standards.
Mulgrew’s contract speech draws fierce reactions Chalkbeat: UFT President Michael Mulgrew told teachers at a closed meeting that the union had tried to “gum up the works” of the new evaluation system and said they are "at war with the reformers."
Mass. Education Secretary Expresses Interest in Boston Superintendent Job District Dossier: The district has been without a permanent superintendent since the end of the last school year.
Portland superintendent criticizes unhappy parents AP: Portland Superintendent Carole Smith has criticized a group of parents for their complaints about an African-American principal and recommended diversity training for them....
Mayor Puts Free Lunch on Ice WNYC: De Blasio said he supported the goal, but wanted to make sure the city doesn't risk losing any federal funds if it expanded free meals to all.
Educators Charged in Phila. Cheating Scandal NYT: A principal and four teachers at Cayuga Elementary School in Philadelphia promoted cheating on standardized tests for five years by providing answers to students and improperly reviewing questions before administering the tests, the state’s attorney general said.
Alleging Bias, Employees Sue School Official in Westchester NYT: Ronald O. Ross, superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District, is charged in a federal lawsuit with using racial, ethnic and other slurs.