New Poll Bolsters Emanuel

New Poll Bolsters Emanuel

Catalyst notes how quick CPS is to punish students.  Emanuel comes out on top of the latest poll - but Lewis is undaunted. CPS headquarters has a new buyer. Elsewhere, New York teachers are defending tenure/seniority provisions against two new lawsuits, and after-school programs are expanding but it's unclear if they can bridge the gap.

Quick to punish Catalyst: Chicago Public Schools relies on suspensions, expulsions and arrests for drug-related incidents, while many suburbs pair punishment with therapy or education.

Good news for Emanuel in latest poll Crain's Chicago Business: A new poll made available to Crain's shows Mr. Emanuel with a 12-point lead over Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who recently conceded that she's taking a serious look at running.

Progressives Target Rahmbo Wall Street Journal: The most problematic is the Chicago Teachers Union contract, which expires next June. After their last contract expired in 2012, teachers staged a seven-day strike that resulted in Mr. Emanuel conceding to most of the union's demands.

Poll shows Emanuel with 12-point lead over Lewis Chicago Sun-Times: After taking a beating in a series of Sun-Times polls, including one where Chicago Teachers UnionPresident Karen Lewis had a 9-point lead, one poll has given Mayor Rahm Emanuel the edge.

Lewis Not Discouraged By Trailing Emanuel In Poll CBS Local: 45 percent of those responding are either supporting or leaning toward supporting the mayor with 33 percent supporting or leaning toward supporting the Chicago Teachers Union president. 22 percent are undecided and the margin of error is 4.4 percent.

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School Hyde Park Herald: Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones, five members of Kenwood's staff and Kenwood local ...

New buyer emerges for Chicago Public Schools HQ Crain's Chicago Business: A venture of Blue Star Properties will invest more than $30 million renovating 125 S. Clark St., founder Craig Golden estimates.

TENURE/SENIORITY

New York Educators Fight Back on Attacks to Tenure NYT: The United Federation of Teachers sent out a memo defending tenure laws after two parents groups in New York filed lawsuits to challenge it.

Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown the Door WNYC: With its cherished tenure system under scrutiny, the New York City teachers union claimed on Tuesday that hundreds of teachers leave the city schools every year for failing to meet professional standards or as a result of disciplinary actions, even though very few of them are actually fired.

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges NPR: Her group played a supporting role in both the California and New York challenges and is now considering action in several other states.

COMMON CORE

Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Own School Board Over The Common Core HuffPost: On Tuesday, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6-4 to join the lawsuit against Jindal, known as Navis Hill, et al., v. Louisiana State.

Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? The Hechinger Report: On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story.

AFTER-SCHOOL

Can after-school programs help shrink the ‘opportunity gap’ for low-income students? PBS NewsHour: Middle School 223 in the Bronx, NY, is one of about 1,000 public schools in the U.S. offering low-income students a host of fun and educational classes after the final bell rings. But despite their best intentions, after-school programs may be overlooking the “elephant in the room”.

OTHER CITIES

Unaccompanied youths enroll in Dalton (Ga.) schools AP: Approximately 30 unaccompanied minors were admitted into the Dalton Public Schools district during the last school year, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said. It is not known whether more are coming with a new school year approaching. Though the number of new students has not been unmanageable for the school system, the youths bring with them an entirely unique set of challenges for the district to address.

North Carolina Budget Deal Includes a Raise for Teachers NYT: Legislators have announced a tentative budget agreement that includes a pay raise for public schoolteachers, but analysts expect that the proposed changes will mean more cuts elsewhere.

Trial in Atlanta Cheating Case Will Proceed Without Beverly Hall District Dossier: Charges stemming from the widespread cheating scandal are still pending against the former Atlanta superintendent, but her poor health may keep her from ever standing trial.

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  • One can't believe polls if there was a 19 point flip in two weeks. I also assume people with caller ID don't pick up the phone. It will become real hard to poll if, as the Daily Herald predicts, land lines will be gone and the only alternatives will be cell or VoIP.

    Besides that, I bet the poll would be really skewed if a choice were "no body worth voting for in this race." In the meantime, the City Council and Emanuel are on the way to banning all commerce in the city by strange regulations and taxes. And the only way to get around will be Divvy.

  • In reply to jack:

    100% of polls conducted by David Binder Research produce results favorable to those who paid for the poll.

  • don't forget tonight's celebration of the life of james deanes

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  • Lewis is going to be a Mayor.
    Everything in Chicago is going to be free but only for minorities.
    Teachers will have to adopt children from Honduras and other countries (excluding whites).
    No IQ tests will be allowed.
    Good luck!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You're wrong about everything except the first sentence.

  • I’m happy to report our new Taft Principal Paul Grishaber is cleaning house as he has gotten rid of two asst. principals (Susan Gross and Carol Garai) and replaced them with three of us his own people and keeping one asst. principal from last year. Both Gross and Garai are 20-yr. CPS veterans and were each making over $135,000 per year. Here’s the details:

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140730/norwood-park/taft-principal-names-high-school-leadership-team?utm_source=Jefferson+Park%2C+Portage+Park+%26+Norwood+Park&utm_campaign=dbfbee47d1-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e52b2129cd-dbfbee47d1-173997185

  • In reply to district299reader:

    What was wrong with the old APs?

    Are the new APs young and/or inexperienced? There is an epidemic of naive, wet-behind-the-ears administrators in CPS.

    I've heard gripes before about experienced administrators being tied to the "old ways" or being too close too staff, however I'm concerned that the system is now stacking the deck with kids who have spent very little time in the classroom. These neophytes will plague Chicago for decades to come. Give me an administrator who taught for 15-20 years before you stick me with some 30-something know-it-all who fled the classroom after a minute.

  • Don't cha just love scams...er I mean polls?

  • The article "Can special education students keep up with the Common Core?" was interesting. But the shock of parents and teachers of students with disabilities about meeting standards related to the common core was actually funny in a weird way.

    Here is Chicago, using the ISAT not the full common core test last year only 10% of students with disabilities tested were meeting or exceeding state standards in reading. At grade 11 using the PSAE only about 9% were making the standards in reading. I don't know how much worse it can get really.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    This was interesting to see. I have to agree with Estevan. It might make things better. Fewer, clearer standards for Curriculum has got to be better than combing through 30 or 40 per subject.

  • I read the article. The teacher has seven students who are in a gen ed class -total 22 students. I would assume this teacher would have a better chance at success than a CPS teacher who has 21 students spread out over three grades and in gen ed classes of 33.

    This teacher was allowed to pull the students out into a small group setting. Some CPS administrators do not allow the sped teacher to pull out into small groups because the sped teacher is needed in the gen ed room in order to support the gen ed program and to assist with classroom management. The children with disabilities in CPS are severely short-changed especially in certain areas of the city. CPS really needs to revisit how they distribute the special education monies especially the salaries of sped teachers which are being used to buttress the gen ed program not the sped program.

  • The election is too far off for polls to really tell anything. It's like a fantasy game. If you were stuck on an island with Rahm, Lewis, and Mickey Mouse...

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I think there's a joke in this. Ha, ha.

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