Is Lewis Backing Out Of Race?

Is Lewis Backing Out Of Race?

Today's education news includes updates on the Karen Lewis candidacy (sounds like she's waffling -- is that bad?), a few more stories about last year's test scores (more to come), and Friday's hearing about the Lincoln expansion/annex.  Elsewhere, school is starting already, and the latest round of TFA recruits are 60 percent minority (more than most district systems). Check it all out below, and let us know what we're missing in the comments.


Karen Lewis now '50-50' on run for mayor Crain's Chicago Business: Back from a Hawaiian vacation but still undecided, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewissays she's now "50-50" about challenging Rahm Emanuel in February's mayoral election. But she's raising money, registering voters and doing the sorts of ...

As Karen Lewis chats up media, Rahm plays it safe John Kass: Mayor Rahm Emanuel had his photograph taken Thursday at various stops, where he officially cared about children and parks and lungs.

Emanuel touts progressive issues in New York ahead of re-election Tribune: Seated under the crystal chandeliers in the ornate ballroom of New York’s official residence Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel related the story of a poor, single mother from Pilsen who chose to put off getting a job after discovering she couldn’t afford several hours of child care after...

Clock ticking, but Lewis won't be rushed into challenging Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: The clock is ticking for a high-profile candidate to mount a credible challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis either doesn't hear it or has chosen to ignore it.


School Starting Back Earlier For Many Suburban Students CBS Local: ... the hours are similar, so we don't have to worry about little kids when they go home.” It's a full day of classes Tuesday for students in Schiller Park. They're back three weeks before students inChicago Public Schools.


CPS: Students' scores in reading, math improve for grades 2 to 8 Chicago Sun-Times: ... also confident if we stay the course, if we continue that one more year, I expect to see the reading and math to continue to improve and math to catch up,” in those schools, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said, calling the overall results “incredibly ...

CPS: Students' scores in reading, math improve for grades 2 to 8 Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools released its analysis Thursday of the standardized test scores it uses to rate teachers, schools and principals, saying that students in grades two through eight showed improvement in both reading and math..


CPS President David Vitale's bank would benefit from charter deal Chicago Sun-Times: David Vitale, the president of the Chicago Board of Education, runs a bank that stands to benefit from a proposal for a new charter school that's set to come before the school board for approval later this month.

Why not just close the crappy school? ChicagoNow: I think if we're honest with ourselves, we wonder aloud--or, depending on where we are or whom we're with, inside our own heads--why on earth a few folks make such a big deal about another school being closed.

Lincoln Elementary construction on hold pending Friday hearing Sun Times: Scheduled construction of a new $20 million annex at Lincoln Elementary School is on hold pending the outcome of a hearing Friday of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, according to the Public Building Commission.

Reporters talk schools and journalism in the Age of Rahm Reader: This week's First Tuesdays show at the Hideout (sensational, as always) should be required viewing for any man or woman foolish enough—I mean passionate enough—to want to pursue a career in journalism. Up onstage, live and in person, were three rock stars of education reporting in Chicago: FitzPatrick, Karp, and Lutton!


Weingarten pushes NY state to release more test questions ChalkbeatNY: The state’s release of 50 percent of the questions represented a jump from last year, when it released a quarter of the questions. But educators and parents have pushed for the state to release even more questions, which some have criticized as developmentally inappropriate or poorly crafted.

Diversity on the Rise Among TFA Recruits TeacherBeat: TFA's newest corps is its most diverse ever, with fully half identifying as people of color.

Putting Power Tools In The Hands Of 5-Year-Olds NPR: To move kids away from computer screens, a new wave of learning programs is emphasizing hands-on activities. Like building stuff.

Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly Washington Post: She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation's largest labor union, representing 3 million educators.


In Atlanta, Jury Selection Is Set to Begin in Test Scandal NYT: Twelve former public school employees are accused of conspiring to alter and boost students’ standardized test scores.

New laptops and devices roll out in phases in Montgomery schools Washington Post: Thousands of students will be using new laptops and tablets soon with a major technology initiative underway in the Montgomery school system.

New Orleans Charters Prepare For A Big First Day Of School NPR: The start to the school year in New Orleans offers a landmark moment in U.S. education. For the first time, a major urban school district will operate entirely with charter schools.

New Study Connects The Dots Between Music & Academic Performance WNYC: After just one year of music lessons, the reading scores of 9- and 10-year-old students from low-income neighborhoods held steady, while the scores of their peers, who didn't study an instrument, dipped.

Schools’ special-ed chief put on paid leave over consultant’s contract Seattle Times: The Seattle school district’s executive director of special education is on paid leave while the district investigates whether proper procedures were followed when the district hired a national consultant.

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  • I don't know if President Lewis is backing off on running for Mayor, but I do think she would find being Mayor deeply frustrating if she were elected. It is one thing to talk about new sources of revenue coming from corporate Chicago and the more wealthy living in the city or commuting to it, it is totally another thing to implement such taxation policies since some of these ideas exceed the home rule powers of Chicago.

    It would require Lewis to go to the Illinois General Assembly to seek those new taxation powers and that will be exceedingly difficult. So my presumption is that if Lewis was elected Mayor she would have to implement various austerity measures to keep the city financially viable. I think that would be very difficult for her and not much fun either. But that is the reality of governance, you can't just wave your hand and generate money. Then she might have even a bigger problem if Mr Rauner is elected Governor, because he would clearly do everything in his power to allow the city to have additional taxation powers.

    Rod Estvan

  • I expect that if Lewis could choose one superpower it would be "video tape erasure". If she runs, she will be running against her own words and images. Her campaign would have little ability to further define Rahm, it seems to me.

    Not that I'm predicting that she can't win. I have no idea how to count votes. For me, both her running and winning would be very interesting.

  • In reply to Donn:

    It has already started, at least with Roe and Roeper.

    The real question is that the election is in Feb. 2015, so she will have to make up her mind at some point or let it go by default.

  • In reply to jack:

    Roe and Roper are deciding if she'll run? That's unusual. I would let Gary Meier decide before those two.

  • In reply to Donn:

    You missed the point. Roe and Roeper are playing the old audio of this potential mayoral candidate. And they don't even have to use to Star Wars Storm Trooper background music they use behind Rahm's clips.

  • In reply to jack:

    stop talking to yourself

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Some "courageous" anonymous bleep read it, didn't you?

  • A better question- "Is Russo Leaving The Blogosphere For World Net Daily?"

  • Table dancing, wearing /not wearing her lovely stuff (video from Seattle)could bring a new culture in to Chicago politics.

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