Obama High is going to be named something else -- and located somewhere else, too. The Tribune's Eric Zorn looks at KJL's gussied-up Twitter picture (pictured) and says she's running for sure. The Reader's Ben Joravsky reminds us that she'll probably have to make it through a runoff. WBEZ covers dropout recovery efforts. All this plus national news is below -- plus commenters on Winckler's departure, too.
Emanuel is missing a larger issue with school name Chicago Sun-Times: Indeed, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis went so far as to accuse CPS, which is run by the mayor, of “engaging in racial discrimination” because the shuttered buildings were overwhelmingly South and West Side schools.
Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama Sun Times: Top mayoral aides stressed that the selective enrollment high school — with space for 1,200 high-achieving students — would still be built on the Near North Side, but the park location may change in response to community concerns.
IS SHE OR ISN'T SHE?
Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision' NBC Chicago: Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewisis soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's millions.
Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: 'Yes, I can do both jobs' Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn't see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor.
Karen Lewis Coming to McKinley Park for Community Conversation DNAinfo: Lewis, the firebrand leader of the Chicago Teachers Union, has not made her mayoral candidacy official. But earlier this month she donated $40,000 of her own money to her nascent campaign, Citizens to Elect Karen Lewis Mayor of Chicago.
Say what? Emanuel to consider a Karen Lewis financial idea Crain's Chicago Business: Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated today that he'd actually consider taking a piece of financial advice from his top political nemesis, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But it wasn't immediately clear whether the mayor was being sincere.
Running against Rahm means running for the mayoral runoff Reader: Now that Alderman Bob Fioretti has announced he's running for mayor, it's a good time to remind you—once again—that we have a runoff system for electing mayors in Chicago. That is, mayoral candidates have to win more than 50 percent of the vote to get elected.
SCHOOLS & TEACHERS
Districts Faced Challenges Implementing Federal Performance-Pay Grants EdWeek: An earlier study of one TIF site, in Chicago, didn't find effects for student achievement, though the program did seem to improve retention.
How do you find high school dropouts? WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a bunch of promises three years ago when he was running for office—especially when it came to education. He’s checked off some of them – a longer school day, more preschool, a focus on principals. But now his administration is ramping up attention to one the stickiest challenges: re-enrolling the city’s more than 50,000 dropouts.
Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing PK12: He's considering allowing eleventh graders who, he writes, may be among the most overtested students, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, during the school day, in lieu of the Smarter Balanced high school exam.
To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research NYT: A proposal aims to address the problem of studies that go unpublished even though their findings can be important.
Report critical of charter school oversight EdSource Today: A lack of oversight of the nation's charter schools has led to too many cases of fraud and abuse and too little attention to equity, according to a new report that offers recommendations to remedy the situation
Embrace The Common Core NPR: This episode of Intelligence Squared comes on the heels of four weeks of education specials from American RadioWorks aired on WNYC.Airs Saturday, September 20 at 6am on 93.9FM and 7am and 2pm on AM 820.
DC mayoral candidates clash over education AP: Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser has pledged to speed up school reform in the District of Columbia, where hundreds of teachers have been fired for poor performance under an evaluation system installed by the previous chancellor, Michelle Rhee. Bowser has pledged to retain Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who is less politically polarizing than Rhee but has maintained and fine-tuned her policies. The chancellor reports solely to the mayor.
Why Girls Get Better Grades Than Boys Do The Atlantic: Grading policies were revamped and school officials smartly decided to furnish kids with two separate grades each semester. One grade was given for good work habits and citizenship, which they called a “life skills grade.” A “knowledge grade” was given based on average scores across important tests. Tests could be retaken at any point in the semester, provided a student was up to date on homework.
Districts Faced Challenges Implementing Federal Performance-Pay Grants Teacher Beat: Teachers seem to have been confused about some of the details of a federally financed bonus-pay program.