Will Lewis' Impact Continue?

Will Lewis' Impact Continue?

It's a grab-bag of news today, including In These Times' reflections on the impact of Karen Lewis, a belated Tribune story on the departure of Winkler (or maybe just an errant RSS feed), and a Sun Times' piece on clout contractors getting CPS contracts despite a ban. That documentary about school closings is premiering. Nationally, the teachers unions are making a big $60 million play on the November midterm elections, and opinions vary on why Deasy left LAUSD. What else? Let us know in comments below or on Twitter at @district299 or Facebook.

Karen Lewis Has Already Redefined Chicago Politics In These Times: 'It's not about me, it's about a movement,” has been Karen Lewis' mantra. After her departure from the Chicago mayoral race, her allies are taking those words to heart.

Chicago Public Schools' personnel chief steps down Chicago Tribune: Her departure was first announced by CPS chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett in an email on Wednesday morning. Byrd-Bennett said Winckler “has decided to blend her private and public background to consult with organizations within and outside of ...

Clout contractor got $3.1M in CPS work after City Hall ban Chicago Sun-Times: But the City Hall ban didn't keep the politically connected electrical contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Board of Education voted to renew Windy City Electric's contract in October 2013

Documentary Examining CPS Closings Premiering at History Museum DNAinfo: The world premiere of a Web series examining the fallout from the closing of 49 Chicago Public Schools will be held at the Chicago History Museum.

Illinois' public charter schools: some good signs, some room for improvement Illinois News Network: While the total charter school student percentage is low at 3 percent, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) notes that that is a number on the rise, especially compared toChicago Public Schools enrollment.

School consolidation will cost more than expected Chicago Tribune: Some school board members expressed some disappointment and concern over the cost estimates, but said the district would take as long as necessary to come up with a plan that will work.


Teachers Unions Are Putting Themselves On November’s Ballot TIME: The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, is on track to spend between $40 million and $60 million this election cycle, while the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT) plans to pony up an additional $20 million—more than the organization has spent on any other past cycle, including high-spending presidential election years.

GOP schooled on education politics Politico: Just this week, the NEA’s political action committee went on the air with two new attack ads: One accuses Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton of seeking to cut student loan programs. Another blames Hawaii gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona for budget cuts that closed K-12 schools on Fridays for months. And there’s more to come.

Marshall Tuck on mission to overhaul education Fresno Bee: "I wouldn't send my son to every single Partnership school today," he said. "But I can tell you, in '08, there's zero chance I would have sent my son to any of them ... and I'm confident that in three or four years, it will be all of them."

National school boards group ends tobacco partnership EdSource Today: The National School Boards Association ended its health curriculum partnership with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. last week, highlighting the longstanding efforts of tobacco companies to influence what students are taught about cigarette smoking.

Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology NYT: The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.

The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education NPR: The names that many big-city schools, teachers and students use to describe themselves are changing. Exhibit A: New Orleans.

The Secret Lives Of Teachers NPR: Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?


John Deasy, former LAUSD superintendent, might run for public office KPCC: In a conference call with reporters organized by the advocacy group Students Matter, Deasy said he had not decided what he would do after leaving the position, but he has three options in mind: working in youth corrections, supporting the development of future school board supervisors or making a run for political office.

Too many maverick moments finally led to Deasy's undoing at LAUSD LA Times: The Los Angeles Unified School District dumped a heap of trouble on its schools this fall when it rolled out a new student records system.

L.A. Unified says it believes Deasy acted ethically on iPads LA Times: As part of its settlement this week with former schools Supt. John Deasy, the Los Angeles Board of Education declared that it did not believe Deasy had done anything wrong in connection with the project to provide students with iPads.

School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants NYT: The guidance came after complaints that children who are in the U.S. illegally had been barred from public school classes in Hempstead.

Mayor De Blasio Weighs Admissions Changes for Top High Schools WNYC: The SHSAT has come under greater scrutiny because Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to expand the admissions criteria beyond the current test in order to improve diversity.

Philly Teachers' Union Issues Legal Response to Contract Cancellation District Dossier: The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas.


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