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.