Lewis Kicks $40K Into Mayoral Exploration

Lewis Kicks $40K Into Mayoral Exploration

Today's education news includes some pro/con on the Rauner education plan, the revelation that Karen Lewis has kicked in $40,000 of her own money into a potential run for City Hall, and an oped by a parent urging others to consider not only their own children's well-being but also the larger impacts of staying in the city and sending their kids to CPS schools. Nationally, the NYT is rolling out a new ranking of top colleges that have substantial enrollments of low-income students (Grinnell, Wesleyan are among them).

PARENTS

Why my family is betting on Chicago — and its public schools Crain's Chicago Business: Could families like ours with two educated, middle-class parents have a positive impact on city schools? Could our participation improve them not just for our own children, but for other children as well?

POLITICS

Rauner education plan light on specifics Chicago Tribune: Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday promised to pump more money into education from preschool through college should he be elected, but failed to say how he'd pay for it.

Rauner's ed plan focused on teachers, funding MyFox Chicago: Quinn's lieutenant governor running mate Paul Vallas, a former Chicago Public Schools CEO, deemed the plan "reckless" and "irresponsible."

A money lesson for CPS Chicago Tribune: But Chicago Public Schools is slow to learn this lesson. In the face of a budget shortfall, CPS increased spending for this school year.

CUSTODIAN COMPLAINTS

Dirty schools the norm since privatizing custodians: principals Catalyst: CPS’ contracting out the management of the district’s custodians has led to filthier buildings and forced principals to take time away from instruction to try to make sure that their building is clean. This is the results of a survey done by AAPPLE, the new activist arm of the Chicago Principals...

Custodial contract causing problems at start of school year WBEZ: Belanger is just one of more than 230 principals recently surveyed by the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education, or AAPPLE, a member-driven arm of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. The results reveal problems across Chicago Public Schools—dirty classrooms, damaged materials, theft and an overall lack of communication.

CITY HALL

Karen Lewis loans $40K to her own mayoral bid Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis put $40,000 of her own money toward a mayoral exploration effort in hopes of signaling to donors that she should be taken seriously.

Karen Lewis puts $40000 of own money into mayoral bid Chicago Tribune: For weeks, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she is seriously considering a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. On Monday Lewis offered what she said is proof: $40,000 of her own money.

CORE Convention 2014 CORE Blog: Friday, September 19 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm |  Saturday, September 20 9:00 am – 3:00 pm |  Whitney Young HS.

MISC

Two high school students stabbed during a fight in Cicero Tribune: Two high school students were stabbed and another was beaten during a brawl that broke out today in Cicero, authorities said.

Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire HP Herald: Since he joined the Lab Schools faculty in the mid-1960s, Brasler, 73, has overseen production of the monthly U-High Midway newspaper and the high school’s yearbook.

NATIONAL

Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor NYT: A new index measures which colleges [Grinnell, Wesleyan, etc.] have the most economically diverse student bodies — and charge the least to lower-income students.

New Reduced Pricing For Amplify's All-In-One Tablet EdSurge: This week Amplify announced a price dip for it’s all-in-one tablet, which made headlines last year after some of its chargers melted.

Pa. Gov. Corbett Urges Review as Part of Effort to 'Roll Back' Common Core State EdWatch: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett releases a somewhat ambiguous statement about the future of the Common Core State Standards in the Keystone State.

OTHER CITIES

Education secretary touts teacher diversity during Atlanta visit Atlanta Journal Constitution: During a visit Monday to Spelman College, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the country needs to increase the diversity of its teacher workforce to match the diversity of schoolchildren.

Universal preschool spending draws wide support in national poll KPCC: The telephone survey of 1,013 adults nationwide showed, not surprisingly, that Democrats love the idea of universal preschool, with 87 percent in support. But over half of the Republicans polled also agreed that public money should be used for preschool.

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  • Newsweek ranks HS based on success with low-income schools - DNA Info http://ow.ly/Bhe47 NorthSide, Lane, Whitney Young, Jones

  • How can a principal cut a tenured teacher's position due to budgetary reasons when there are many teachers in the school with less seniority working on the same certificate?

    Where is the oversight from the Talent Office? A school loses a position and the principal gets to get rid of the oldest teacher int eh building?

    Is this an EEOC complaint?

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