Today's news roundup includes more about a Karen Lewis run for mayor (and just how hard it would be for her to win) and a cringe-inducing story about some IL teachers using clout for certification and licensing. National news includes the wrap-up of the AFT convention in LA and an interview with the New Yorker writer who got inside one of the Atlanta cheating schools to learn more about the personal and professional motivations.
Rahm Emanuel's Top Nemesis Just Might Take Him OnThe New Republic: If you like your political campaigns bloody, then you have to be cheered by the new poll that found Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis beating Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a hypothetical matchup 45 to 36.
Karen Lewis inching closer to mayoral run Sun Times: Lewis revealed Monday that she has an unofficial exploratory committee in the works, a chairperson has been named, and her camp is working to have a representative in each city neighborhood.
Emanuel has work to do with voters Crain's Chicago Business: That survey showed that Mr. Emanuel not only would be swamped by Ms. Preckwinkle by a margin approaching 2-1 but also would lose to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, whose name was not included in the Anzalone Liszt survey.
Why Rahm Emanuel's Donors Are Getting Frisky Slate Magazine: When a politico's first on-the-record response to a poll number is "wow," you know it's good for them. "Wow" is what Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, told the Chicago Sun-Times after being informed that she would easily lead Rahm ...
Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers NBC Chicago: There's no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today.
Ex-deputy press secretary for mayor [Bill McCaffrey] moves to CPS Chicago Sun-Times: McCaffrey’s installation comes about three weeks after the approval of Ronald Iori as “Chief District Communications and Marketing Officer,” by the Board of Education, an executive office position that comes with a $165,000 salary [filling Becky Carroll's spot].
Clout for teachers: Lawmakers' role in licensing Tribune: On August 31, 2009, Chicago attorney Christopher Patrick Ford wrote to Madigan about Ford's daughter Kaitlin, who was scheduled to start substituting that September at Chicago's Walter Payton College Prep. She had applied for a sub certificate in early June but never received it. On Sept. 2, Madigan staffer Amy Ballinger-Cole appealed to ISBE governmental relations staffer Nicole Wills: "Please help! Let me know if there is anything I can do."
Benito Juarez Fires Teacher Who Alleged Student Attendance Records Altered
DNAinfo: "I'm sure it was in retaliation for me blowing the whistle and reporting corruption to the Inspector General, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CPS CEO, and the media," he wrote in an email to Flavio Parra, an EEOC investigator.
Big budget cuts hit high schools, welcoming schools Catalyst: Other budget trends continue with charter schools projected to get more students and more money and neighborhood high schools getting fewer students
Summer school enrollment down under new promotion policy Catalyst: CPS students scored better than predicted this past year on the new and tougher statewide tests used to decide promotion, schools officials said. But that news, coupled with a revised district promotion policy, means that far fewer students are in now summer school than last year.
Comings and Goings: new principals Catalyst: These interim principals have become contract principals at their schools: David Narain, King High School; Carlos Patino, New Field Elementary; Frederick Williams, Chopin Elementary.
Chicago's middle class vanishing Sun Times: It’s a phenomenon that isn’t unique to Chicago. In an article headlined “The Coring of the Big Apple,” the New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote in September about “New York’s incredible shrinking middle class.”
Teacher union's national conference concludes with support for tenure laws LA Daily News: The American Federation of Teachers panel featuring educators from out of state shared their personal observations to bolster why current tenure laws work.
Missouri Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Concealed Weapons AP: The veto by the Democratic governor sets up a potential showdown with the Republican-led Legislature, which could override Nixon if it gets a two-thirds vote of both chambers during a September session.
Jeb Bush Draws Tea Party Ire Touting Education Record Businessweek: The former governor is touting gains under his “A-plus” plan, which imposed statewide testing standards, provided financial rewards to improving schools and offered students a way out of those that were failing them. The state’s high-school graduation rate has increased to 75.6 percent, compared with 52.5 percent when Bush, 61, took office in 1999.
School officials try healthier cafeteria options AP: Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates - without turning off sometimes-finicky students....
Despite Challenges, La. Private School Voucher Program Is Growing EdWeek: Louisiana has handed out more than 8,800 school vouchers to students for this coming school year, marking a 30 percent increase since the program expanded statewide in 2012, according to a statement from...
Exiting teachers-union leader Julie Blaha talks of tenure, retention — and improv MinnPost: She is possibly the funniest woman in education leadership circles in the upper Midwest. She’s capable of rendering even a seasoned journalist helpless with laughter, and thus unable to impose a linear structure on the conversation.
Arne Duncan Says Philadelphia District 'Starved for Resources' District Dossier: The U.S. Secretary of Education also said that Pennsylvania's current level of commitment to funding public schools in Philadelphia is "unacceptable."
Rachel Aviv on a middle-school cheating scandal WNYC: The New Yorker's Rachel Aviv on a middle-school cheating scandal in ATL.