Huberman Joins Rauner Transition

Huberman Joins Rauner Transition

Happy Friday!  Today's news roundup includes Ron Huberman being named to the Rauner transition team (and why Quinn/Vallas lost), more about the CTU endorsement of Chuy Garcia over Bob Fioretti, and a slew of stories about a new 34-school effort called The Success Project that UChicago is going to oversee.  Plus lots of comments about whether to blame CTU for ruined vacation plans, and whether Rauner et al will ban strikes by teachers (which is apparently something that only 12 states still allow).


Rauner names transition team Peoria Public Radio: Former Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman is also on the list. “The transition team is to help us with wisdom, expertise and knowledge and their networks of relationships.”

Dems didn't put out for Quinn/Vallas Klonsky: The party's support for pension grabbing (Quinn) and union-busting privatization (Vallas) that kept lots of folks home on election day. They were also done in by a total abandonment of the campaign by Rahm Emanuel's own ward organization machine... By now everyone knows that the  Rahm/Madigan gang hates Quinn and Vallas and feels much more comfortable playing let's make a deal with Rauner running the state.


CTU Endorses Chuy! Second City Teacher: CTU political director Stacy Gates made the argument that Garcia can win the general election against current mayor Rahm Emanuel, who's negative rating is quite high after infuriating the black community by closing a record 50 schools a year ago, the delegates said.

From classroom to City Council? Catalyst: The following story on Chicago’s upcoming aldermanic elections will appear in the next issue of Catalyst Chicago and its sister publication, The Chicago Reporter, on the city’s February 2015 municipal elections.The package includes a story on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education agenda...)

Rahm Emanuel’s Reform Moment Dropout Nation: Bruce Rauner’s election as Illinois governor – and Karen Lewis’ (temporary) departure from the AFT affiliate – gives Rahm Emanuel a chance to articulate and execute reforms on the education, crime, and pension fronts.


Lefkofskys give $2 million to nurture the wonder years Crain's Chicago Business: The Success Project will be run by the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute and has the backing of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation and Chicago Public Schools.

Grades, Attendance Bigger Keys to Future Success Than Test Scores: Report  DNAinfo: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the report backs-up the district's many efforts to improve attendance rates. But she defended the use of test scores.

New Initiative in 34 CPS Middle Schools Aims to Increase Students' Likelihood ... eNews Park Forest: Joining UEI's John Dewey Director Tim Knowles at today's announcement was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, AUSL Executive Director Donald Feinstein and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky of the Lefkofsky Family ...


Risky bonds prove costly for Chicago Public Schools Chicago Tribune: Tribune analysis: Risky bond deals bleed tens of millions from Chicago Public Schools. #CPSbonds. Chicago Public Schools' quest for cheap money led to costly bond deals, Tribune finds in #CPSbonds analysis.


Torlakson talks Democratic divisions, teacher tenure, Inglewood Unified KPCC: “I think this election was more about getting someone who could continue the momentum forward, doing some exciting and historic changes to education in California,” he said. “I believe the voters wanted someone with experience and I have that.”

Opinions differ on impact of Tuck’s campaign EdSource Today: In the hours since Marshall Tuck’s daunting but failed effort to unseat incumbent State strong Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, education and political observers have reached different conclusions about the election and its significance.

School Choice a Top Priority for Republican Leaders in House, Senate PK12: Be on the lookout for charter school or school voucher proposals to pop up early during the 114th Congress, as school choice legislation was named a top priority by the assumed Republican leaders in the House and in the Senate, which will flip to GOP control in January.

Arne Duncan on Minnesota's achievement gap Minnesota Public Radio News: Pre-school teacher Jody Bohrer and her students in Bloomington, Minn. gave U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a poster during a classroom visit on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. At Duncan's left is Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Average Urban School Superintendent Tenure Decreases, Survey Shows District Dossier: Significant turnover in the top job for big-city districts reversed what had been an uptick in length of service for urban superintendents, according to a new survey by the Council of the Great City Schools.

Norovirus Hits School Hard, 150 Sickened NBC: More than 140 students and at least 10 teachers and staff have been sickened by a norovirus outbreak at Boston elementary school. NECN's Ally Donnelly reports.

Harvard Secretly Photographed Classrooms To Monitor Attendance NPR: Some 2,000 Harvard undergraduates, as well as some faculty, were photographed in lecture halls at the school last spring as part of a university study into student attendance. Harmless enough, right?


As charters take over, New Orleans school board members fight for relevancy and money Hechinger: Next month, New Orleans voters will decide whether to extend an expiring property tax that finances repairs to public school buildings, but the measure is facing resistance from unlikely people: some members of the city’s school board.

The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Up, Up And Away! NPR: Our series continues as we head into the sky with a social studies teacher with a passion for flying.



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  • Has anyone heard about how/why the principal at Phillips was recently replaced?

  • 1. Huberman probably isn't there for his short tenure as former schools CEO, but maybe his skill at lying to the CTA Board when that still mattered. Most likely though, as a head of a private security firm.

    2. Aside from the questionable use of "put out," the article supports what I said here a while back whether the public employee voters would support Quinn and Vallas, when Quinn's only claimed achievement was pension reform, and Vallas's was "school reform."

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