The weekend's big news is that CTU's Karen Lewis appeared via video and endorsed Chuy Garcia for mayor. Oh, and Rauner and Quinn are battling it out. Nationally, the New York Times is reporting how opposition to reform candidates like California's Marshall Tuck has led teachers unions and union-supported candidates to partner with conservative Republicans and adopt some of their rhetoric (which reform candidates and backers also have done, to be fair). Also -- I'm in town to see family and friends and to go to the INCS conference downtown. See me there, come up and say "hi."
Vallas Criticizes Rauner's Position On Charter Schools, Education Issues
Progress Illinois: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate Paul Vallas, a former school executive, says he and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner have fundamentally different views on education reform.
Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor Chicago Sun-Times: Speaking publicly for the first time since she underwent brain surgery, Karen Lewis appeared in a video Friday thanking Chicago for its “support, love and … best wishes,” promising to “remain encouraged and focused in the days ahead.”
Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor in new video Tribune: A battle with brain cancer prevented Karen Lewis from trying to knock off Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but Friday she backed a man she thinks can finish the job: Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
CTU's Lewis Releases Video Endorsing Garcia For Chicago Mayor ProgressIL: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a video Friday afternoon announcing her endorsement of Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for Chicago mayor. Take a look at the full video.
Clout consultants cash in on CPS rehabs Chicago Sun-Times: ... $88,000 more than the cash-strapped board pays Barbara Byrd-Bennett as chief executive officer for the city's schools, $121,790 more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes and nearly $78,000 more than the city pays Garry McCarthy as police superintendent.
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Thank New Safe Passage Workers eNews Park Forest: "Ensuring that every child has access to a safe and nurturing learning environment is our top priority, which is why we continue to invest in our successful Safe Passage program," CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.
Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George's personal cause Chicago Tribune: "If Chicago Public Schools officials are truly interested in helping to maintain a quality education system for all and are truly sympathetic to our efforts to do so, let them support those Chicago parents who want to have some help from their own tax money in ...
Cash-strapped Chicago schools eager for more sponsorship deals Chicago Tribune: Some CPS schools already have their own agreements for items such as athletics gear. But while the district said it wants to bring in money "through sponsorships of CPS' highly successful athletic programs," it made it clear that deals and sponsorships ...
Wilmette schools consider new rules for cyber-bullying Chicago Tribune: In an attempt to stay in line with state law, Wilmette school officials will vote to revise their definitions and punishments for cyber-bullying. Wilmette Public Schools District 39 already has in place a sweeping policy on bullying.
California Race Brings Democrats’ Differences on Education Into Focus NYT: Traditional alliances have been scrambled as some teachers’ unions have found more common cause with conservatives than with members of their own party. Mr. Torlakson, the union-backed candidate, has expressed views that at times echo conservative mantras.
Superintendent race turns on future of reform EdSource Today: Donors to incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are spending record sums to influence what they consider is at stake in this election: the direction of education reform.
Close state schools superintendent race coming down to the wire KPCC: "His [Tuck's] backers were able to recruit a very strong and effective candidate," said David Plank, the executive director of the research center Policy Analysis for California Education. "It is something of a surprise that he has mounted as strong a challenge as he has done."
Education issues often contentious in Maryland governor’s race Washington Post: As the Maryland governor’s race has heated up in recent weeks, education issues have flared up, too, with clashes over pre-kindergarten, college tuition increases and school construction funding.
Once Sleepy Campaign Issue, Education Gains Clout AP: Once a sleepy campaign topic, education policies gains political heft in races against GOP. Walker is the chief target, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett face similar, educator-led campaigns against them. Those first-term Republicans all took steps to stabilize state budgets with dramatic shifts in how many tax dollars go to schools and teachers.
States Slashing Education Spending HuffPost: State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.
Girl, 7, Barred From a Connecticut School Over Ebola Concerns Goes Back to Class NYT: The family of Ikeoluwa Opayemi, 7, had sued the Milford school district after she was told to stay away from class for 21 days following a trip to Nigeria.
New York City School Suspensions Remains Flat WNYC: Once again, black and Hispanic students students comprised a disproportionate share. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña acknowledged the discrepancy.
2 firms that won LAUSD's tech program most active in seeking meetings LA Times: More than a year before the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to an iPads-for-all program, Apple and a leading curriculum company repeatedly sought meetings with school board members, newly released emails and records reviewed by The Times show.
Under pressure, de Blasio set to outline plan to improve struggling schools ChalkbeatNY: The plan will cover 94 schools, including the roughly two-dozen struggling schools that are already part of an intensive-support program the city quietly launched around the start of the school year, according to a message sent Friday to principals in that program.
New Orleans Not Liable For Teachers' Post-Katrina Job Losses, Court Rules Teacher Beat: Louisiana and the New Orleans parish won't owe back pay to the 7,500 teachers who lost their jobs after the hurricane.
For D.C. Schools, Race And Class Still Define The System WAMU: Why are so many D.C. schools still largely segregated, and what does it mean for the future?
Cheating suspicions keep Chinese, South Korean students waiting for SAT scores PBS NewsHour: Nearly 94,000 Chinese undergrads were enrolled in U.S. universities last year, a 25 percent increase over the 2011-12 school year. Just over 38,000 undergrads at U.S. schools came from South Korea last year.