Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Today's CPS news:  Everybody's got the flu (or at least it feels like it).  The AFT has given $200K to the Chuy Garcia campaign -- not the $1M promised to Karen Lewis. Gery Chico is endorsing his former rival, Mayor Emanuel. More kids are coding at school. Nationally, Arne Duncan joined students and educators at the big DC protest march over the weekend, and lots less kids are being held back than before the recession (down from 3 percent to 1.5 percent nationally).

City Flu Epidemic Leads to Jump in Sick Students DNA Info: Compared to last year, Chicago Public Schools are seeing a "modest increase" in influenza so far this year, resulting in some schools seeing an increase in student absences, according to a CPS spokeswoman. Jackson's principal, Mathew Ditto, robocalled parents Thursday afternoon, saying the school has seen an "uncharacteristic increase in the number of student absences due to flulike symptoms."

National Teachers' Union Donates $200K To Garcia's Chicago Mayoral Campaign PRogress IL: Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, has thus far pulled in $700,000 for his mayoral bid, far from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $9 million.  Before Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis decided not to run for mayor after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, AFT had promised to donate $1 million to the labor leader's mayoral campaign.

Exclusive: Gery Chico to back onetime nemesis, Rahm Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: The school-closing decision though roiled a significant segment of the city, initially propelling the candidacy of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Crain's Chicago Business: The teachers federation had promised to donate $1 million to CTU President Karen Lewis, before she backed out of the race because of health problems. Garcia supports many of the union's views on education matters

In Inaugural Year, Number of Chicago Public School Students Taking Computer ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett launched Computer Science 4 All in December 2013, elevating computer science as a core subject, expanding computer science classes to every high school and making computer science a requirement

Cupich Says He Won't Halt Catholic School Closures NBC Chicago: Chicago's new archbishop says he will not reconsider his predecessor's decision to close nine Catholic schools. Archbishop Blase Cupich said Sunday that the archdiocese instead must move forward to strengthen its schools.


Arne Duncan Joins Al Sharpton's Civil Rights March PK12: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is among thousands of demonstrators who participated in a march through Washington, D.C. Saturday to focus attention on recent law enforcement actions that led to the deaths of unarmed African-American men, according to a tweet sent from his official account. See also here.

Teachers Protest Grand Jury Decisions At Police Precinct HuffPost: A.J. Hudson, an 8th grade biology teacher at KIPP Amp Middle School in Brooklyn, told The Huffington Post that the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for killing black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Staten Island, New York, have been “upsetting everyone” at his school.

Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Decries School Funding "Injustices" in Philly and Nation District Dossier: In a column printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Friday, the Education Secretary says the nation should be embarrassed that the quality of children's public education is largely dependent on where they live and their parents' incomes.

Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why? NPR: The number of students being held back has been cut nearly in half, and researchers have no idea why.

Two Years Later, Still Learning From Sandy Hook NPR: A new report on the 2012 Newtown school shootings says that school administrators failed Adam Lanza despite their best efforts. The authors say the district had a lack of special education expertise.

A For-Profit College Tries The Charter School Market NPR: ITT Technical Institute sought to open high schools around the country, but it's meeting resistance.


Wilson High principal Cahall, who came out as gay, says he’s losing job over test scores Washington Post: Peter Cahall, the Wilson High School principal who made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students at Pride Day activities, said he learned this month that his contract will not be renewed next school year because of test-score performance at the Northwest Washington school.

D.C. explores widening the road to earning a high school diploma Washington Post: As D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson embarks on a plan to “rethink high schools” and improve graduation rates in 2015, she is pushing for new regulations that would move District schools for the first time away from a century-old measure of academic progress: seat time.

A Brooklyn School’s Curriculum Includes Ambition NYT: Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the poorest neighborhood in New York City, is seen by many as a safe zone in a crime-plagued area, and a gateway out of generational poverty.

Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress MinnPost: Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is fond of saying that culture will eat strategy for lunch. What if the culture she has been trying, with broad swaths of the city behind her, to change for four years has taken a final, fatal bite of her once-bold strategy?



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