Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting

Welcome back.  It was another super-violent weekend in some parts of Chicago.  Raise Your Hand dominated coverage of the budget hearings. Lots of folks are excited and scared about a Lewis run against Emanuel. Plus, folks are still digesting WBEZ's story about how kids get sorted out among different high schools. Elsewhere, a NYC-based advocacy group spent nearly $6M in ads against a City Hall charter school co-location plan (and won).


Girl, 11, killed by stray bullet during West Side sleepover Sun Times: 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was fatally shot in her head Friday night as she enjoyed a sleepover in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, officials said.

There Were at Least 40 Shootings in Chicago This Weekend Atlantic Wire: An 11-year-old girl at a sleepover party was among the four people killed in the 40 or so shootings in Chicago this weekend. An NBC data map showed the geographical range of the incidents within the city.


Budget critics air laundry list of school cuts Catalyst: At the Kennedy-King College hearing, one of three held late Wednesday, speakers also criticized cuts to Simeon High’s career education programs, cuts to welcoming schools that took in students displaced by closings, the additional money being funneled to charters and a plan to save $6 million by reorganizing bus aides for disabled students.

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 provided 21,481 new seats and added 42 new charter and alternative high schools through this fall.

Parent group wants more eyes on CPS budget WBEZ: The group’s executive director Wendy Katten and board member Dwayne Truss gave a crash course on the budget proposal that CPS officials released late in the evening on July 2nd. Three simultaneous public hearings were held last night.


Some advice for Karen Lewis: Do what Harold did Crain's Chicago Business:  If Karen Lewis is really serious about running for mayor — and at least some insiders say she is — I have a little advice for her after she gets done watching the breakers crash on the beach at her Hawaii vacation spot.

Karen Lewis angling to field aldermanic slate Chicago Sun-Times: CTU chief Karen Lewis, who would like to grind Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a pulp, has pink slips she plans to pass out before she green lights a mayoral bid. Sneed is told she has plans afoot to boot black Chicago aldermen who support Rahm.

Run, Karen, Run Jacobin: A Karen Lewis mayoral campaign will put the question of “Which side are you on?” in stark relief for the city’s unions, public officials, and residents — not simply on Lewis’s side or Emanuel’s, but on the side of a city for the people or for capital. Chicagoans need a mayoral campaign that isn’t just evil versus lesser evil. We need a Karen Lewis run.

Will progressives flop again? Chicago Sun-Times: They expressed “an overwhelming desire” to dump Emanuel, and favored 2nd Ward Ald. Robert Fioretti, Chic

Emanuel Fights Sagging Chicago Polls With CEO Donations Businessweek: The first-term, 54-year-old mayor faces the prospect of a February 2015 challenge from Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president who faced him down in a school strike two years ago and is every bit as combative as he is.


Local Enrollment for Neighborhood High Schools CPS Obsessed: As HSO points out, on the north side, LVHS and Amundsen have a very low share of local students, while Senn seems to be attracting the neighborhood families (despite having selective programs (IB and arts.)


Obama's initiative gets $104 million boost MSNBC: According to a White House official, Obama will announce Monday at the Walker Jones EducationCenter in Washington new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million in funding.

Rocketship Slows Down EdSurge: In recent weeks the San Jose, CA-based network withdrew charter applications for eight schools in Dallas and San Antonio. Plans to expand to Indianapolis, where it had previously gained approval to build another eight schools that would have opened doors in 2015, have been delayed. Also on hold are plans to grow to New Orleans and Memphis.

Incoming NEA head inherits tension with Education Secretary Arne Duncan MSNBC: Former elementary school teacher Lily Eskelsen García will become president of America's biggest labor union, the National Education Association (NEA), on Sept. 1. In the meantime, she already has plenty of work to do.

New college data give fuller picture of graduation rates — and show challenges Washington Post:  Dozens of public universities across the country, including three in Maryland, report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other schools.


Cities in New York State Get Ready for Arrival of Child Migrants District Dossier: Syracuse and New York City leaders are mobilizing services and supports for the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have arriving in their communities.

Pro-Charter School Group Spent Nearly $6 Million in Media Blitz NYC: Lobbyists representing de Blasio's own interests were also heavy spenders this year. The Campaign for One New York spent $1.76 million on its own successful pitch to expand pre-kindergarten, which included money from unions.

Chalkbeat forms partnership with the Commercial Appeal ChalkbeatTN: Our reporters’ work has also appeared in the Tri-State Defender and on WKNO.  We hope that this partnership with the Commercial Appeal will help us reach even more readers and advance the conversation around how to improve education opportunities for children who need them most.

Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA charter network KPCC: An audit showed Magnolia Public Schools used classroom cash to help six non-employees with immigration costs. The schools had trouble justifying another $3 million expense.

Seattle School Board Picks Interim Superintendent Seattle Public Radio: The Seattle School Board voted unanimously Friday to make Larry Nyland the interim schools chief to replace outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda.

In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks NPR: Can year-round school spell the end of the "summer slide" for disadvantaged kids?

DJ Turns The Sounds Of A Classroom Into The Feel Good Song Of The Summer HuffPost: Edgar Camago is a San Francisco third grade teacher and also a music producer. For the second time, he's combined his two livelihoods to create an original song using sounds from the classroom as well as vocals from his students, and instruments played by them.


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  • I hear Business is NOT going a usual. It seems like quite a few teachers have been called downtown for residency violations since the close of last school year, including one of the so-called Lazy 11 gym teachers from Lane high school. Can anyone verify this?

    Plus, I heard this from a colleague who says she heard it from a union rep. CPS will no longer allow teachers to live outside Chicago on a residency waiver after their current waiver expires. Can anyone verify this?

  • I could never understand if the residency requirement was meant to keep teachers in Chicago,or keep them out.

  • So far a big percentage of teachers live out of the City.
    Veteran teachers hired before November 20,1996 still can maintain their suburban residences and work for CPS(please correct if I am wrong).
    Many teachers have fake addresses in the City as well.
    Unfortunately,veterans are on the fire line so very soon it will be not relevant when person was hired.
    The policy makes sense anyway,because some kind of revenues will stay in Chicago anyway.
    I do not mind to live in Chicago until my salary will justify it.

  • Well i feel you should live where you want.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    I do too. Young teachers want to live in the city anyways. Lifting the residency requirement may keep some more desirable middle career teachers in the system.

    Principals should be allowed to hire the best people they can find.

  • The Chicago Sun Times had a very interesting editorial today titled "Elite CPS high schools need to reconsider race as factor." You can read it here It was a thoughtful editorial that merits reading.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    The editorial states "Black students often lack the same access as do white students to quality elementary schools...."

    So the schools themselves are high performing. Interesting news. I always thought the high scores were primarily due to groupings of affluent students from largely white and asian families. My bad.

    I propose that the north side SE schools be made up of entirely of african american students. The city will then have large numbers of black students fully prepared for selective universities, while changing the future of affluent north side students little. It won't take long to eliminate black poverty, then these schools can be made all Hispanic.

    Or perhaps these desirable SE high schools can be physically disassembled and the building material used in a partial reconstruction of all lower performing high schools. Sorta like a stem cell transplant. That could spread "good school" throughout the city.

    I have all kinds of ideas for mayoral candidate Lewis. (Call me).

  • In reply to Donn:


  • In reply to Donn:

    Donn why did you presume middle class African American student's can't be high performing?

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    London Journal Of Medicine.
    Full explanation.

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    The London Journal Of Medicine.
    Full explanation.

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    What I presume is that if you replace the white and Asian students from Northside and Payton with African Americans that these schools will perform a lot like Lindblom.

    The Sun Times editorial board apparently isn't interested in schools like Lindblom. Hence the absurdity of the Sun Times logic: Reduce the student who are the primary drivers of high test scores to allow African American more seats at prestigious schools with high test scores.

    The group that might benefit most might be mediocre performing african american students living at tier 3/4 addresses. God forbid they should be expected to attend Lincoln or Lindblom.

    While were at it, many of the hispanic families at Northside and Payton look pretty darn affluent, educated and, well, "of spanish decent". They're too white. They need to go too.

    Is mayor Lewis' going to have a whiteness czar? I would interested. I know white people and what will rid the northside of this troublesome group and their high achieving children.

  • In reply to Donn:

    No, Glen "Donn" Beck, Mayor Lewis will not have a whiteness czar.

  • Tim Cawley lives where he wants.

  • Cawley is a perfect example of what's wrong with the system. What has he done that warrants special treatment? Nothing special at all. Bad decisions always come back to bite central office. This regime and the Mayor have a big bite coming soon.

  • The First District Appellate Courting is backing both BBB and Cawley in a case involving two CPS teachers who lost their residency violations fight., check it out here:

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Thanks so much for the link to the Appellate Court decision regarding residency. Apparently it is clear now that not only administrators, but CTU represented specialists such as social workers, rate as exemptions to the residency rules. Teachers will clearly be the only group not allowed such exemptions. Interesting.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Re-per-cuss-ions from the Strike, Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho"

    That strike ticked off and inconvenienced a lot of people, especially how long it went.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The strike only lasted 7 school days. That is a short strike. Besides, the amount of SUPPORT teachers received from parents far outweighed amy negativity.

    Are you suggesting that temporary inconvenience 2 years ago influenced the courts decision regarding residency?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    No, but, I'm suggesting all the hits schools and teachers are taking now are a direct result of the strike and 7% raises over three years. Ask a displaced teacher, they'll tell you so.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Yes schools and teachers were hit back directly with closings and all sorts of crap. I wonder what the city will do when there is another strike, which is what everyone is already talking about, next fall? Teachers are already mobilizing.

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    Remember, before the 7% raises CPS teachers were screwed out of their contractually agreed upon 4% by Emanuel. Also, Emanuel was turning the screws on teachers BEFORE the strike ever occurred. His proposals were onerous. Our contract was going to be turned into a 20 page pamphlet if he had his way.

    If we elect a new mayor a strike is not likely. Emanuel=Strike.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    First, of all, I hope you teachers get what you want and there's no strike. But, if there is a strike, PLEASE do everyone a favor. Tell your CTU brothers and sisters living outside Chicago to stop shouting and beating on buckets saying Rahm must go. They don't pay taxes, vote, or live in Chicago. So, if they strike with you Chicgaoans, tell them to dummy up and just walk the line. Otherwise, they make all of you look selfish and greedy. especially when the school day is over, they drive or take the Metra to Schaumburg, Aurora, Antioch, Evanston, etc. and they're doing nothing for Chicago's economy.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Only city residents can say Emanuel's name. Got it. I'll be sure to let 'em know.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    OMG, when will teachers take a current events class? Or understand the reality of the economy. When your 4% was not given it was because the GLOBAL economy tanked. Everyone (except teachers) was being laid off, taking pay cuts, renegotiating contracts AND we are still not recovered from this as a country nor globally. It is this petty singular mindset that the CTU pumps into teachers that makes taxpayers and hard working citizens irrate. Get a was the economy stupid. (to borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton).

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    I don't see how the CTU can strike if Lewis is running for mayor.

    Striking doesn't seem to broaden the appeal of the CTU, even if Lewis doesn't challenge Rahm.

    But I'm assuming Lewis will run for mayor.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Do not to see that the CTU under Lewis never were involved in REAL strike?
    They manipulated members and allowed them to ventilate ,eliminating any and all benefits earned in the past.
    Lewis loves Hawaii like somebody else...
    In the past she spent her vacation there instead of taking actions behalf of dues paying members.
    She serves the best as an agent for MRE.
    But little guys still can not understand that simple and logical circumstances.
    It is impossible to hold CTU leaders accountable because of the BS(bargain state doctrine) :)

  • In reply to Donn:

    Donn, baby- The strike would occur AFTER the election. The contract has 3 years on it with an option for a 4th. The cover of the contract clearly states "July 1, 2012-June 30, 2015." Contract negotiations occur during the campaign.

    You must not get out much. There is widespread support for CTU educators in Chicago. Parents from Kenwood to Lakeview from Beverly to Pilsen showed STRONG support for CTU during the strike. Parents who rallied against CTU were few and far between. Furthermore, suburbanite union-haters are irrelevant in this conversation.

    The mayor's support is lagging far behind that of teachers. It is clear to real Chicagoans who pay attention that the union is about more than compensation.

    Keep in mind a vote for Emanuel is a vote for another strike- he has demonstrated time and time again that he does not bargain in good faith. Heck, he is a liar, he is untrustworthy, and he is truly his own worst enemy. He is also the worst enemy of 99% of Chicago.

  • Dura Lex...They could protect themselves effectively from being catch.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    "They don't pay taxes, vote, or live in Chicago."
    Not exactly true since CPS receives over 50% of it's
    total revenue from outside the city we do pay taxes
    for CPS.Wish i did not have to vote in Chicago but
    check out the Federal,and Illinois Legislative District
    boundaries.I think they call that Gerrymandering.
    I believe one should live where they want.
    Recently i have heard murmurings from local people
    that perhaps all of our suburban teachers should live in our district.
    Remember the Kennedy goes both ways.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Get real, you and others who once lived in Chicago and have worked or work for CPS don't personally pay Chicago taxes, like people who actually live in Chicago (not those CPS teachers giving fake addresses)and pay city taxes. Does you property tax bill show a deduction for city taxes? No, it doesn't. W

    What would your some communities do if they didn't do business with Chicago? So, don't tell me you pay taxes by saying Chicago receives 50% of its revenue from outside Chicago, That's a reach and you're trying to justify constantly throwing your two bits in on Chicago business on this blog. You're gone from Chicago, retired, and should leave your past in Chicago behind you.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Not this time.
    I have lived in Chicago, as a matter of fact i went to Longfellow
    school.Do the research stud,well over 50% of your revenue
    comes from outside the city. Part of every dollar i pay in federal or state tax goes into your city.You are right about one thing,I should leave the past behind but that is hard for a former history teacher.
    I think everyone whose family has moved to Chicago since the war is -well- a refugee.That's the Civil War buddy .My ancestors ran down Roosevelt Road and jumped into Lake Michigan to escape the Chicago Fire.I will throw my two bits in any time i like.Why fight ,take you meds and go to sleep.Your getting boring anyhow.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    And, part of every dollar I pay in state in federal taxes goes to your community. That's a bad defense and poor example. I'm talking about people who live in the city, including honest and 'all-in' CPS teachers, who actually are hands-on in helping Chicago's economy in paying Chicago taxes.

    No meds here, just the simple truth. You're retired, out of Chicago, and worried about things which really don't concern you anymore. Let it go, get on with your life. get a camera phone, post photos on Instagram and Pinterest. Enjoy your life instead of worrying about the poor CPS teachers, who're going to have their bubbles burst again when Rahm gets the state to ban teacher strikes in IL, like 40+ other states in the USA.

    And, I wish you and your current ancestors would try and run down Roosevelt Rd and jump in the Chicago River these days.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Retirement is wonderful,I might just knock on doors for Karen if she decides to run.or better yet pull a prescient.Whatever i do is none of your business anyhow.Tell you what how about you pay my property taxes for a year? I once talked to a lady who was in the Chicago Fire.
    My roots here go pretty fact my wife is a direct descendent
    of a man named Gordon Hubbard. I think we even have some of his stuff laying around .I bet we saw some of your ancestors hiding under a bridge someplace with the rest of the trolls.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    It must be nice to earn a Chicago paycheck/pension and to help another community. Then, come on Chicago topical blog and spew nonsense from your days taking part of a cash grab in underperfomring schools.

    Me, I'm stupid as I'm all-in for Chicago, love Chicago, live in Chicago, and pay these poor teacher's salaries with my taxes.

    My ancestors fought the Chicago Fire for days. They weren't cowards like yours who ran like scared rabbits and jumped in the river.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Well we all know how attached trolls are to there bridges.
    But anyhow i will not pursue this any longer it is getting
    sort of deep anyhow.let me sign off by saying you are wound way too
    tight for your own good.As far as the dig about under preforming schools is concerned last time i looked Simeon is still there.
    I will leave you with Lane Tech fantasies dancing in your head.Happy

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You guys and your Chicago Fire one upsmanship is silly. It is absurd to try to claim you are more "Chicago" than the next guy. Some of the most "Chicago" guys I know are fairly recent migrants from Mexico. Conversely, people like Emanuel, the Cullertons, and the Daleys lead lives that are foreign to the vast majority of us. They ain't nearly as Chi as my buddy Francisco from Zacatecas.

    Having said that, NONE of you are more Chicago than me.

    Patrick O'Leary the VI

  • I wish some reporter would have the stones to walk up to striking CPS teachers in the future and ask them, " Do you live in Chicago?" And, if they don't, ask them how they financially support Chicago's economy other than going to Target for capri pants and muffin top shirts using their teacher discount card.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Huh...teachers get discount at Target? I had no idea.

  • In reply to teachervoice:

    Oh, yeah. Target, Staples. JCrew, the Limited, Banana Republic, and 75 others. Not only do CPS teachers earn an avg. of $75K and another $12K-$20K in benefits, they get freebies too, almost as bad as Chicago Cops with the freebies and discounts....And, yet, they strike...UNREAL!!! Time to get out of your life bubbles.

  • I shop at Target and Staples, and they have never given me a teacher discount. What is this teacher discount card you are talking about? And by the way, I am a CPS teacher who lives in Chicago. There are also about 20 other CPS teachers living in my neighborhood, and we all pay the Chicago taxes.

  • In reply to CPS Librarian:

    Go to your local Target and ask for the teacher discount card. Application must be filled out in person and bring your school ID with SS#.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Your right Pat.
    Your ancestor started it anyhow!

  • Simeon is still there for their coaches to sexually assault teenagers:

  • Simeon will be changing in the next 5 years with it slowly becoming a college prep and getting rid of the career academy tag and poor performing shop classes. The closing of the electric shop this summer is the start as those shops at Simeon aren't helping kids anymore. It's a pat in football, basketball, baseball or nothing these days at Simeon

  • Simeon does not change,it just reloads.Vocational education always was just a cover for the very successful college prep school we ran there in days gone bye.The shop slated for reloading will be a barber
    training program come this fall.That sounds pretty vocational to me..

  • Simeon reloads? To what? It's not academics as 23%-23.9% meet or exceed expectations on the PSAE and the school has hovered around an average ACT score under 17 for 12 years.....30% of Simeon kids don't graduate. See for yourself:

  • I apologize Simeon has a 82% graduation rate, but, only 10% of their students are ready for college and the school did not meet federal education standards:

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Simeon meets the highest standard of all-preparing kids for life.

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