Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In

Uh-oh, this Emanuel-Lewis thing is looking sorta real, now.  Preckwinkle is out. The national press has got ahold of the story. Could be fun messy great awful, right? -- especially if Lewis retains her role as union head while running. Nationally, districts (CPS?) are getting ready to handle an influx of Central American refugee kids, and Deieon Sanders' charter school is in big trouble.


Toni Preckwinkle Will Not Run For Mayor Chicagoist: All the wishful thinking for a Rahm Emanuel-Toni Preckwinkle race for mayor may now cease. Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President, absolutely, positively, definitively ruled out a mayoral run Tuesday.

Preckwinkle’s decision good for Emanuel and Lewis Sun Times: With all signs now pointing toward Lewis entering the race, it only made sense for Preckwinkle to end the speculation about her own plans, which had been re-fueled by two new polls showing she could defeat Emanuel.

Karen Lewis: Preckwinkle decision 'changes the playing field' Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Lewis says Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's decision to rule out a run for mayor “changes the playing field.” But the outspoken teachers union president was not yet ready to suit up and join the game herself.

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis Would Be a Bloody Mayoral Battle New Republic: Both are former dancers and ballet aficionados, as well as products of elite colleges: Lewis was the first African-American woman to graduate from Dartmouth; Emanuel attended Sarah Lawrence. And Lewis, like Emanuel, is Jewish.

Rahm Emanuel's problems WBEZ: Joining us to discuss the issues with Emanuel and his prospective challengers is UIC Professor Dick Simpson and Democratic strategist Kitty Kurth.


Alderman warns of 're-segregation' of city's top public high schools Chicago Sun-Times: African-American aldermen demanded Tuesday that Chicago Public Schools modify admissions standards at its most elite public high schools to stop a surge of white enrollment at the expense of black students.

Chicago Aldermen, CPS Officials Discuss Steps To Address Progress Illinois: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials were in the hot seat at a City Hall hearing on Tuesday over enrollment standards

CPS Teacher Claims He Was Fired For Speaking Out On Alleged Wrongdoing CBS Local: He also sent CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett an email about the alleged wrongdoings, to which she responded 'If accurate, this is completely unacceptable.”

Parent group: CPS is spreading resources too thin Chicago Sun-Times: From the time Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced there were 100,000 “empty” seats in public schools, CPS will have added 21,481 new seats and 42 new charter and alternative high schools by fall, according to the parent group.


Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone AP: Schools and districts in metropolitan areas such as Washington, Houston and Miami have seen an uptick in the number of these students and anticipate more could enroll this fall.

Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department ProPublica: The Huntsville ruling is important, both because the district is racially diverse and because it is the largest in the state still under federal mandate to desegregate.

Lessons from Rocketship’s 100-Student Classroom Model EdSurge: Why the blended learning leader is taking a step back and returning to its old model.

States' Policies on Exit Exams and Common-Core Tests Merge, Collide State EdWatch: If states don't modify their use of high school exit exams, there could be bad consequences for students, a New America Foundation report says.

Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers WAMU: Catholic schools across the U.S. are requiring teachers to sign morality clauses, which have gotten some educators fired for marrying same-sex partners. It's seen as a pushback among local church dioceses against changing state laws.

Inequalities Linger 50 Years After Civil Rights Act, Speakers Declare PK12: Speakers at a Tuesday event at Howard University in Washington, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, argued that many inequalities still linger. Government officials and civil rights activists commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by detailing both the law's legacy and the challenges still to come.

Phoenix Latinos rising with high school robotics program AJAM: Inspirational teacher chronicled in new documentary helps poor Hispanic students bridge achievement gap, conquer MIT


Deieon Sanders charter high school is facing closure SB Nation: It placed dead last in a ranking of area public and charter schools earlier this year. Audio surfaced showing Sanders saying he would break the neck of school co-founder D.L. Wallace, who was making considerably more money than than the ex-Cowboys cornerback.

Chromebooks And Tablets On The Way To Montgomery County Classrooms WAMU: The Montgomery County Board of Education signed off on a plan to put tens of thousands of laptops and tablets into the hands of youths in county schools.



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  • Alexander thanks for posting Fran Spielman article titled “Alderman warns of ‘re-segregation’ of top public high schools,” it indicates in my opinion that there is a clear amount of resentment against middle and higher income whites in this town in relation to public schooling. Ald. Latasha Thomas is reflecting an underlying sentiment in the African American community of Chicago, as are in my opinion the polling numbers for CTU President Lewis.

    Mayor Emanuel may have made a strategic error in promoting the Obama Prep, expanding Payton, and supporting the expansion of Lincoln School all on the north side going into the election cycle. But there is a lot of time before the election and many other issues beyond education that will be important in this election.

    Rod Estvan

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    "African-American aldermen demanded Tuesday that Chicago Public Schools modify admissions standards at its most elite public high schools to stop a surge of white enrollment at the expense of black students." Maybe Whitney Young basketball team should change it's standards to ensure that more white kids can make the starting team.

  • sort of related -- The case for shutting down Stuyvesant High School, the best public school in New York City.

  • CPS budget hearings tonight may be heated -

  • Run Karen Run.
    Need a new Mayor and a new Police Chief. The people have to come out and vote to make this change happen.

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