Emanuel Demands Rauner Funding Increase

Emanuel Demands Rauner Funding Increase

Today's education news roundup: CTU-endorsed Pete DeMay has been kicked off the ballot. Groups asking federal government for more TIF transparency from City Hall. Emanuel wants Rauner to increase education funding. State revenue drops could leave education with $1 billion in cuts. Shooting near Shields Elementary. Plus national news and educatoin news from other cities.

CTU

Education Activists Contact Federal Government Over TIF Transparency Progress Illinois: In the letter to GASB, the coalition of organizations, which includes the Chicago Teachers Union and Grassroots Collaborative, says the city's TIF program "directly undermines the Chicago tax base and greatly reduces the revenue available to fund ...

Pete DeMay Kicked Off Ballot, Cardenas to Run Unopposed in 12th Ward DNAinfo: DeMay, a union organizer for low-income auto workers in Mexico, recently scored endorsements from the Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Federation of Labor, AFSCME District Council 31, SEIU Workers United and the Chicago Green Party.

CAMPAIGN FOR CITY HALL

Emanuel challengers charging full speed ahead for next month’s election CLTV: Rahm Emanuel’s challengers are looking forward to five debates leading up to next month’s mayoral election, to offset exposure Emanuel has enjoyed in television ads. There was no horn blast or starter’s pistol, but the race for Chicago mayor has begun. And most of the candidates are charging, full speed ahead, targeting voters and planning to get their messages out.

Mayor Emanuel Announces Illinois Institute Of Technology, Exelon And Von ... eNews Park Forest: “Our dual-credit and STEM programs are preparing Chicago students for success in college, career and life,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

STATE FUNDING

Emanuel To Rauner: Keep Your School Funding Promise CBS Local: “I'll be clear about the importance of Chicago to the health of the state of Illinois, and that none of the reforms that he makes, although they will be necessary, can be done on the backs of the children and the families that make up the city of ...

Report: Illinois State Revenue Drop Could Lead To $1 Billion In Education Cuts ProgressIL: On January 1, the state income tax dropped from 5 percent to 3.75 percent for individuals and from 7 percent to 5.25 percent for corporations. With the phaseout of the higher tax rates, state revenues are projected to decline by $2 billion in the current fiscal year and about $5.4 billion next fiscal year, according to an analysis by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children.

MISCELLANEOUS

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures Hyde Park Herald: Public education figures — including Terry Mazany, Linda Lutton, Andrea Zopp, Karen Lewis, David Vitale, and Jitu Brown — are also featured in the documentary, discussing decades old education policies, demographic shifts, and the challenges facing...

Shooting near Brighton Park elementary school leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded Tribune: Shields Elementary School is on that block where the shooting took place.

NATIONAL

Democrats and Republicans Agree: It's Time To Rewrite No Child Left Behind HuffPost: Murray articulated a similar position on testing in an interview Tuesday. "We have to fix the redundant and unnecessary testing within the system broadly," she told The Huffington Post.  But, she said in her speech, "That doesn't mean we should roll back standards or accountability." She further defended the need for some degree of standardized testing by invoking a reason more often used on the right: taxpayer money.

Senators set stage for debate about federal education law Washington Post: Top Republican and Democratic negotiators over federal education law each took to the Senate floor Tuesday to lay out their sometimes conflicting visions for rewriting No Child Left Behind.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chair of the Senate education panel, emphasized that he wants to shrink the federal footprint in local education, saying the Obama administration has acted as a “national school board” and that Congress ought to cede power back to states to decide how best to educate K-12 students.

Why Google Didn't Sign Obama-Backed Student Privacy Pledge Wall Street Journal: Other Google student-privacy policies are more nuanced than the pledge Obama endorsed Monday. The company says it doesn't sell Google Apps for Education data to third parties and it only shares personal information with third parties in “exceptional ...

TENURE

The Most Controversial Woman in School Reform NY Magazine: Even in school reform’s new lawsuit era, hand-to-hand combat is still the preferred mode of resolving—or not resolving—­conflict. Brown has become the latest vilified figure in a decades-long PR battle—between the teachers union, one of the last powerful unions in the U.S., and “reformers”—to rival the ugliest type of corporate warfare.

Teacher survey: Change tenure, layoff laws EdSource Today: Gov. Jerry Brown said last week he's open to changing tenure and other teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit, and most teachers in a new survey say they want to change them, too.

OTHER PLACES

For-Profit Charters Set To Run Pa. District's Schools NPR: Pennsylvania's worst-performing district would have all of its schools run by a private charter school company.

North Carolina Rethinks The Common Core NPR: Some states have been quick to drop the new national academic standards — but North Carolina is taking its time before deciding the Common Core's future in 2015.

Louisiana’s Common Core debacle Hechinger Report: Brett Geymann, a Republican and one of several legislators who fought unsuccessfully to scrap the standards during the last session, says he will be rallying the troops again. Last year, many anti-Common Core measures failed to make it through the legislature, but Geymann’s group was able to vote in parental review of Common Core textbooks, making it easier for parents to banish the most contentious material.

Michigan Governor Names Fourth New Manager for Detroit Schools NYT: Detroit emerged late last year from emergency management and bankruptcy, but some officials worry that the woes of its public schools threaten to slow efforts to remake the city.

When Being a Valedictorian Isn’t Enough The Atlantic: An increasing emphasis on SAT scores is making it harder for students from immigrant and minority families to get into New York City's best public colleges.

A School Aide to the Disabled Sues New York City NYT: Lawyers representing Debra Fisher, an occupational therapist, demanded that the Education Department overturn her suspension for helping raise funds for a boy with cerebral palsy.

Delayed Start For Most Of DC Area's Schools WAMU: A lot of districts are on a two-hour delay, but some are closed for the day.

 

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