Lewis, Garcia, & The Governor's Race

Lewis, Garcia, & The Governor's Race

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.


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  • On Lewis supports Garcia, it is one thing to make a video, another whether the army of union members who were going to collect signatures, campaign, and get out the vote will do that for a virtual unknown.

    Catholic schools: you have an ambiguous excerpt. What it basically comes down to is that George wanted tax credits or money from CPS, but also says that the Catholic schools' mission is "that people are taught who Christ is." Since he doesn't want to open a secular charter school, that raises serious First Amendment issues. NY struggled with that and determined that the State could provide secular math and science books and school busing to parochial students but that's it. The undoing of King Mario I was when he allowed a Chassidic enclave (Kiryas Joel) to form its own school district, but send its special needs children to the remaining township school district. The Supreme Court shut that down. George isn't suggesting going to that length, but apparently knows that he isn't going to get what he wants, especially from a broke state.

    You'll also get the issue that arose with the creche in the public square--Chabad and Muslims said they were also entitled too. I wonder if part of George's program was tax credits to teach the Bridgeview (Saudi) version of Islam.

    Both CPS and the Archdiocese are facing the same problem that Chicago is losing population. Maybe the Catholic schools are facing the worse problem that every immigrant nationality had its own church and school, but most of those groups (except on the northwest and southwest sides) have moved to the suburbs.

  • In reply to jack:

    Vouchers would help the catholic schools which do a very good job with high poverty students. Catholic schools can impose values and rules that are very difficult for CPS schools to do. CPS schools cannot tell parents what they need to do. CPS can only ask, beg, give gift cards, and suggest. Charters have some luck with parent contracts and stricter discipline, but are getting bad press about it, even though it helps replace the values that students do not get at home or in the community. Many parents do try to do what is best for their children, but are probably trying to keep their child out of gangs and alive. They are trapped in a cycle and community that does not value education. Catholic education has a strong success in helping high poverty students.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I guess you missed or didn't comprehend the First Amendment issue.

  • In reply to jack:

    I understand your point, but believe that parents should choose where to educate their children. Vouchers facilitate this, be it public, private, parochial or home school.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    But then you are arguing for the legally impossible.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack numerous court decisions have indicated that as long as the parent receives the voucher for a private religious school its legal. See Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002) where the Court ruled that the Ohio program did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, because it passed a five-part test developed by the Court.

    The last time a voucher bill was called in the IL General Assembly it failed by only a few votes. Given the fiscal situation of the State of Illinois right now a new voucher bill is not on the front burner of issues for the General Assembly. The problem is, the last voucher bill was limited to Chicago, now Catholic schools in the suburbs are failing too and are being closed. So any voucher bill would have to probably be a statewide bill if it was to really help the Catholic school system, such a bill would likely be voted down even by suburban Republicans who would be pressured by their school district to vote it down.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Which Catholic Schools do well with high poverty students? Can you point me to the reports that break down how their poverty level students do in comparison to their non-poverty students do on state tests? I'd be looking for something along the lines of how public schools break down their test scores into sub groups. I personally don't know of many Catholic schools that are that good regardless of the demographics they serve, beyond St. Ignatius and maybe Sacred Heart. Places like Northside Catholic, St. Ben's, Queen of Angels, etc, are known in the circles I follow as just kind of "meh". Nothing to write home about.

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  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Bruce Rauner is a governor thanks to Polish American votes.
    They repeated Jim Edgar victory.
    Surprise,but many Chicago teachers voted for Rauner as well.
    They really love Vallas do not you think?
    Can we expect the fast track RTW legislation?
    How about the Illinois Labor Relations Board reform?
    (Unions never lost a single case as you know).
    Back to civility.

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