Big Money, Low Support For Rahm

Big Money, Low Support For Rahm

Today's news: There's a bit more coverage of the janitorial debacle, though that story seems to be fading (is anything changed at your school?) Al Jazeera looks at Mayor Rahm's chances, and the Sun Times covers his $2.4M super PAC. Meanwhile, they're down to two finalists at Earle STEM Elementary. Nationally, 11 states have put in "reading by third grade" laws that limit social promotion (sound familiar?).

JANITORS

Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems Chicago Sun-Times: An Aramark spokeswoman confirmed the news Monday night, saying in an email: “Chicago Public Schools, Aramark and SEIU Local 1 continue to work closely to make sure all CPS schools have appropriate custodial staffing levels to ensure clean schools.”

POLITICS

Could Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel Lose His Re-Election Race? Al Jazeera America:  The mayor’s approval ratings have plummeted, but he still commands a massive money advantage.

Emanuel super PAC rakes in $2.4 million since late June Chicago Sun-Times: Carroll was asked whether any of the money would be used to trash Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), who has declared his candidacy for mayor, or Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who is thinking about running.

Emanuel Calls On City Agencies To Adopt $13/Hour Minimum Wage For ... Chicagoist: He can't tell his hand-picked school board and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to make it so?

PRINCIPALS

Earle STEM Elementary Principal Search Down to Two Finalists DNA Info: Two finalists, who were not named, are being considered for the vacant principal position.

STUDENTS

CPS students with good GPA might get free ride to City Colleges Chicago Sun-Times:  Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has denounced the hiring preference as a “meaningless stunt” that will “foster religious and racial divisiveness” and invite legal challenges that could taxpayers millions.”

Town hall focuses on bullying prevention  Windy City Times: Heather Steans, Ald. Harry Osterman, Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) and Lurie Children's Hospital co-hosted the event attended by about 50 people.

Students’ personal info compromised when teacher’s backpack stolen in suburbs WGN:  The pack, known as a “crisis backpack,” has won awards and was developed by the Hoffman Estates Fire Dept to use in an emergency situation. It contains a whistle, a red vest for the teacher, tarp, flashlight, first aid kit, toilet paper, pens and pencils and a class list with a student’s first and last name and when they’re in the class; items that would be necessary for teachers in a lockdown situation.

NATIONAL

Third Graders Face High-Stakes Reading Targets AP: Since the idea was pioneered in Florida in 2002, automatic retention for unsatisfactory third-grade reading scores has spread to at least nine states, according to the Tallahassee, Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education, which tracks the movement. In 10 other states, third-grade retention laws have certain caveats, such as giving parents a final say or requiring reading intervention before students can be held back.

Are You For Or Against School Uniforms? Two Fashion Editors Debate Huffington Post: There's nothing quite like the discussion of school uniforms to get HuffPost Style editors all riled up. The need -- or lack there of -- sparked a major debate on our team. Below, two fashion editors sound-off on whether or not they think uniforms are a good idea.

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  • some video clips from Forgotten Future: The Education Project at Collaboraction Theatre -- has anyone seen?

    Protest:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQlA1wFs9iM&feature=youtu.be
    Carolina:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qiFSybGFXQ&feature=youtu.be
    Students’ insights:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQlA1wFs9iM&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.collaboraction.org

  • IL ranks #13 in charter school quality, according to @qualitycharters report http://ow.ly/Cb2o5 Behind FL, IN, NY, DC

  • Remember there are 9 states with no charter schools, and another 4 with less than 1% of students in charters. Illinois ranks in the top third.

  • Time to grade mayor’s performance

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/time-grade-mayor’s-performance/mon-09292014-840am

  • teachers and parents haven't always been allied on school issues as they are now in some places:

    What It Takes to Unite Teachers Unions and Communities of Color | The Nation http://ow.ly/Ccvxe

  • Fox Host: "What's Worse, A Drug War In Honduras Or Common Core?" | Video | Media Matters for America http://ow.ly/CcF2Q

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