Lewis Home, Sharkey Takes Over

Lewis Home, Sharkey Takes Over

Today's news includes word from the Tribune that Lewis is now home, along with the Sun-Times' coverage of her thanks to supporters during her hospital stay. Crain's has a profile of Jesse Sharkey, the CTU deputy now in charge of the union. In non-CTU news, the state's new tracking data is coming out this month. In non-CPS news, LA's Deasy is expected to announce his departure today, and state chiefs and big-city superintendents announced their intention to reduce overtesting in schools.

CTU

Karen Lewis thanks her supporters as she battles illness Chicago Sun-Times: Addressing the public for the first time since she was hospitalized on Oct. 5 for a brain tumor, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis released a statement Wednesday, thanking well-wishers for supporting her.

Karen Lewis says thank you to well-wishers, leaves hospital Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has been released from the hospital and is resting at home, a union spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Meet Emanuel's new foe at the teachers union Crain's Chicago Business: Expect a change in tone and style but not in direction from Jesse Sharkey, newly named acting president of the Chicago Teachers Union. The union's vice president and No. 2 leader is filling in for President Karen Lewis while she recovers from surgery

Karen Lewis leaves progressives without standard-bearer Sun Times: Before the CTU leader ended her exploratory campaign for mayor this week, she insisted she had no burning ambition to run for political office but sought “to change the political landscape.” So what now for the would-be movement Lewis was poised to lead into battle?

NON-CTU

With Lewis out, prospects for robust debate dim Chicago Tribune: ... Tribune near the end of the school year when the results could be judged.

State will release new tracking data on schools later this month Chicago Sun-Times: ... of the 5Essentials survey that measures a school's learning conditions and environment according to students in grades 6 through 12 and teachers in pre-K through 12. Chicago Public Schoolsalready releases those results on each of its schools' websites.

White students no longer majority in public schools in Illinois Chicago Sun-Times:
Overall, the state lost 1.7 percent of its total schools in 2014 — or 68 schools — mainly from massive closures of Chicago Public Schools, board chairman Gery Chico said.

Chicago Public Schools holds hearings about Southwest side high schools Chicago Now (Ray Salazar): I worked at central office for two years--and I can assure you that I met many intelligent people working there.

NATIONAL

School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes Washington Post: The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are taking too many exams.

National school leader ask if it’s time to curb standardized testing PBS: On average, the survey found, 11th graders take the most standardized tests in any given year. In one surveyed district, those students spent 27 days, or 15 percent of their school year, taking tests. That count didn’t include tests given in their classes or optional exams like the APs, SAT or ACT.

State and District Leaders Vow to Reduce Testing, Stick With Annual Assessments PK12: Featured on the phone call were New York State Commissioner John King, Louisiana State Superintendent John White, and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson--all young, energetic school leaders who have been strong supporters of the common core and teacher-accountability efforts.

OTHER CITIES

LA Unified superintendent John Deasy poised to resign KPCC: The move follows months of controversy over Deasy’s administrative decisions and technology initiatives. His aggressive management style strained relations with some members of the school board and moved the teachers union to call for his resignation.

The Beginning Of The End For Controversial For-Profit Charter Schools BuzzFeed: Three years after the New York Times exposé, K12 appears to finally be taking a step away from virtual charter school operation — not because it is bowing to critics' continuing complaints, but because virtual charters are no longer the lucrative or growing business they once were.

Charter panel leader shares blunt message The Columbian: If passion was the only requirement, then the commission would have approved four new schools last week instead of one.

Event reveals disconnect between diversity goals and Minnesota's teaching license policy MinnPost: There was just one problem with the picture, one that many in the room quickly identified: If the people standing graduated from those out-of-state institutions today, they wouldn't be able to get a teaching license in Minnesota.

Study: NYC's Small High Schools Boost College Enrollment Rates WNYC: The supportive settings of these particular small schools, which also benefit from outside funding, may not only boost a student's chances of enrolling in college but they may also cost less per child.

D.C. Educators Praise Benefits Of Mandatory SAT Tests WAMU: All high school students in D.C. will take the SAT test today — part of an effort by DCPS to get more students to head to college.

How Much Is Your School District Spending? WAMU: A local education think tank has released a new interactive tool that shows per-pupil spending across our region.

School bus cameras spot hundreds of drivers illegally passing stopped buses Washington Post: Drivers in Montgomery County have received 825 citations this year for illegally passing school buses that were stopped to drop off and pick up children, according to data from buses equipped with enforcement cameras.

Norward Roussell, Who Led Schools in Selma in Turbulent Time, Dies at 80 NYT: As the first black superintendent of schools in Selma, Ala., Dr. Roussell aspired to equalize educational opportunity, only to be fired amid racial animosities, protests and a school boycott.

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