Emanuel Super PAC Has CPS Connections

Emanuel Super PAC Has CPS Connections

Becky Carroll will head the new Rahm super PAC. James Sullivan is retiring after 12 years.  New York's student enrollment system should be more like Chicago's, says Rick Kahlenberg (who helped design the Chicago plan). Elsewhere: San Jose teachers and administrators want to extend probation to three years.


Emanuel backers form super PAC to raise millions Crain's Chicago Business: Becky Carroll, who until recently was chief communications officer for Chicago Public Schools, says the new Chicago Forward PAC will not directly donate to candidates but instead independently spend money "to ensure that voters understand where ...

Rahm ally forms Super PAC viewed as vehicle to attack opponents Chicago Sun-Times: She was also his handpicked choice to serve as chief communications director of the Chicago Public Schools, where she served until giving birth to her daughter a few months ago. Now, Carroll is the prime-mover behind “Chicago Forward,”

Opinion: Quinn Campaign Muzzles Paul Vallas NBC Chicago:  .. union and high-profile public school activists like Diane Ravitch, who recently questioned Quinn's decision to recruit Vallas in an open letter.

CPS inspector general resigning after 12 years in post Sun Times: James Sullivan’s work as IG put him on the trail of two school board presidents, a future Chicago Bulls star and a future candidate for governor. He never got a call from former Mayor Richard M. Daley or current Mayor Rahm Emanuel — or their aides — about a probe. And that’s the way it should be, he said. “Nobody tells us what to do,’’ Sullivan said. “We call things as we see them.”

School drama rings true for Chicago Teachers Union president Chicago Tribune: And there was his wife, Karen Lewis, who taught chemistry and advanced placement chemistry at Sullivan High School, Lane Tech and King College Prep High School during her 22-year classroom career.

Elite, Separate, Unequal New York Times (oped): Five years ago I worked with Chicago public school officials to create a program for their selective and magnet schools.

Bond market likes charter school scores Crain's Chicago Business: The charter school bond market is back, and even a Securities and Exchange Commission action against Chicago-based UNO Charter School Network Inc. this month for defrauding bondholders is unlikely to slow that growth.


San Jose district, teachers file bill seeking exception to tenure law EdSource Today:  In their contract reached last year, San Jose and its teachers union had agreed to extending teachers’ probation to three years when a panel of teachers and administrators overseeing the evaluation of probationary teachers made that recommendation.

To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym NPR: After years of cutbacks, Milwaukee Public Schools are re-hiring teachers for classes beyond the basic . They are hoping to retain students as well as boost attendance and test scores.

New Contract for Teachers Is Altering Schools’ Hours NYT: Because of changes in the new teachers’ contract, a number of schools are moving up the start of the school day, and more than a few parents are not happy about it.

D.C. school boundary proposal spurs citywide debate about quality Washington Post: D.C. parents and activists are calling the District’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries an improvement overprevious iterations, but many continue to voice concerns that the plan does not address some of the most pressing challenges facing the city’s public schools.

Banda beckoned: Another schools chief leaving Seattle? Seattle Times: After two years of leading Seattle Public Schools, José Banda appears headed home to California to be superintendent in Sacramento.

Four things to look for in Monday’s graduation rate announcement Chalkbeat NY: The state’s announcement will include additional insights about the city’s ability to push its high school students past the finish line. Namely, it will include the all-important college and career readiness rate, an imperfect but helpful measurement for knowing what students are prepared to do when they leave high school.


The Politics Of The Common Core NPR: Jindal's attempt to drop the Core comes amid a backlash in many states against the academic standards. The move is likely to boost his profile among conservative voters and Tea Party supporters if he mounts a 2016 presidential bid.

Homework Diner Serves Up Education With a Side of Food NBC News: The Homework Diner has become so successful that it’s spawning other branches in New Mexico.

Gender loses its impact with the young USA TODAY: They're young. They like things their way. They don't like stereotypes and steer clear of conformity.

Pearson Integrates PowerSchool With 100 Third Party Vendors EdSurge: Even the world’s largest publisher can use help from the little guys every now and then. This much is clear when Pearson created its own edtech accelerator, Catalyst, to find and support edtech startups that could be potential partners.

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  • Richard D. Kahlenberg’s opinion piece in the NT Times was extremely interesting and I want to thank Alexander for linking it to the blog. It is fascinating that Kahlenberg compares the relative diversity of CPS’s Payton with the lack of diversity at New York’s Stuyvesant High School where only 3% of offered seats at this highly selective school went to either black or Latino students.

    Kahlenberg attributes the relative diversity of Payton to the policy he devised which utilizes in part census tracts as an admissions criteria. He admits the racial data on admissions of black and Latino students for Payton is far less than their presence in CPS as a whole. “But compared with Stuyvesant, Payton is a multicultural paradise,” he writes. But unfortunately Dr. Kahlenberg does not discuss the fact that Payton’s admission system which is in part based on census tracts is being advantaged by the middle class and even wealthier families who live in enclaves within overall poorer community census tracts .

    In 2013, only 31.4% of Payton students were from low income families regardless of race whereas back in 2002 the school had about 37% low income students when there was no social economic admissions process but only a race based process. For CPS as a whole 84.9% of its students are from low income families. On a state level about 50% of students come from poor families.

    Kahlenberg does not note that minority enrollment is 77% of the student body at Stuyvesant (vast majority 72% Asian), which is much more than the New York state average of 52%. Kahlenberg also does not note that the percentage of white students enrolled at Stuyvesant is only 23%, and 47% of all students attending Stuyvesant are low income students (to see this data go to http://data.nysed.gov/enrollment.php?year=2013&instid=800000046741 ).

    When we add to this data the fact that Payton is composed of a greater percentage of white students with 37.3% than Stuyvesant which only 23% white students there is a big problem with Kahlenberg’s opinion piece and his claims for the relative effectiveness of his census tract enrollment plan for CPS.

    I agree the level of Black and Hispanic admissions to Stuyvesant is a problem, but the way Kahlenberg presented this issue in comparison to Payton is also a problem. It is also clear that significant numbers of the Asian students who made the cut to get into Stuyvesant came from lower income families which is something of an achievement isn't it? Its a little more complex than Kahlenberg presents it.

    For the record I formally opposed Kahlenberg’s plan for CPS selective schools during the Blue Ribbon Committees hearings.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Thanks Rod,for a succinct explanation of this and other issues.

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, as you well know, in the context of education, Asian students are not considered "minorities". The term Under Represented Minorities is used and Asian students are not included.

    As an interesting aside, I believe next year on a national level, Caucasian first graders will be minority cohort.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    Under NCLB Asian students are a subgroup. The U.S. Census Bureau definition of Asians refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the South Asian. They comprise 6.0% of the U.S. population hence under any rational definition they are a minority within the United States.

    While there are many authors who question whether or not Asians as a subgroup are a "Model Minority," there are very few indeed that doubt they constitute a minority of some type. I would recommend looking at Frank H. Wu's article, "The Model Minority: Asian American 'Success' as a Race Relations Failure," in relation to myth making and Asian in America (http://www.faculty.umb.edu/lawrence_blum/courses/318_11/readings/wu_model_minority.pdf)

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    How then are Arab students counted? Are they Caucasion?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Parent can self identify the racial category of their child. So it would depend on the family. But being from the middle east is not under NCLB a subgroup.

    Rod Estvan

  • LA Unified teachers, on average, rank 5th nationally in salary http://ht.ly/ynbz3 Chicago, NY, Hawaii, and HISD rank 1-4 @nctq

  • NYC has considerably fewer SE seats as a percentage than Chicago.

    I can argue that Chicago is doing it wrong. That we're putting many black and brown students in SE high schools that are not ready for an honors curriculum. I can argue we do this primarily for political reasons, not because that choice is doing the most good for the most students.

    I expect that NYC has more healthy open enrollment high schools available compared to Chicago. Just by the numbers we can be sure they have a great many open enrollment grads attending selective universities.

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