Karen's Coming Back!

Karen's Coming Back!

Big news of the day (week, month?) is that Karen Lewis is coming back to CTU and is already involved in the campaign for Chuy Garcia. There's also some news about various aldermanic races -- a CTU-endorsed candidate in Bridgeport, etc.  Whether it will amount to anything I don't know.  But it makes things more interesting, for which I'm grateful. Some interesting national news includes a small study showing kids eat more/better if lunch is scheduled AFTER recess, and also that schools are increasingly providing dinner along with lunch and breakfast. TGIF! See you in comments, or back here again on Tuesday.

KAREN'S BACK

Lewis Says She Will Return to Chicago Teachers Union Next Week In These Times: In a video taken by ABC7, Lewis appears to be healthy, and can be seen gesticulating and speaking in a strong tone of voice. When asked by a reporter what she is doing for García's campaign, Lewis said, "I'm not doorknocking yet, but I am making phone calls." She also expressed sadness at being forced out of the race by illness.

Lewis: 'Very Disappointing' To Not Be In Race For Mayor CBS Local: Three months after surgery for a brain tumor forced her out of the race for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke publicly for the first time about her disappointment that she won't be taking on Mayor Rahm Emanuel ...

Karen Lewis Gives Keynote Speech at MLK Breakfast NBC Chicago: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday said she's still lamenting that she can't challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel herself in the upcoming mayor election.

Karen Lewis Discusses Brain Tumor Diagnosis, What Lies Ahead NBC Chicago: Three months after Karen Lewis was first diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Chicago Teachers Union president spoke about her medical journey and the end of her potential run for mayor of Chicago.

PENSIONS & POLITICS

Teacher to Bruce Rauner: Follow the law, deliver my pension RebootIL: One of the first tests of Governor Bruce Rauner and Lt. Governor  Evelyn Sanguinetti will be to restore the solvency of the State’s pension systems.  They need to hold those past and present accountable for what has been done behind the backs of those who dedicated their lives to serving the public of Illinois.  The consequences for Illinois will be dire if they do not do the right thing.  If right does not trump wrong in this matter, I can foresee a day when nobody will want to go into public service jobs in Illinois.

Maureen Sullivan Endorsed By Chicago Teachers Union:“I couldn’t be more honored by the Chicago Teachers Union’s decision to endorse my candidacy,” said Sullivan, a school council member at McClellan Elementary in Bridgeport. “I owe this outcome to the CTU rank and file who I worked with closely fighting the recent wave of public school closings that threatened Armour, McClellan and Graham elementary schools,” she said.

Emanuel's school plans get vote of support—from London Crain's Chicago Business: The Chicago Teachers Union, other candidates and thousands of parents may feel otherwise, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel's record on dealing with Chicago Public Schools is getting an A+ from the Economist.

Chicago's 31st Ward Aldermanic Candidates Debate About Progressive Values, Campaign Funding Progress Illinois: Starr's wife and mother are both teachers in the Chicago Public Schools system. He said the city has been "systematically starving neighborhood ...

MISC

Rare 'Killer Queen' Arcade Game an Underground Hit with Chicago Players DNAinfo: I've made good friends,” said Lauren Kaufman, a 25-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher and Logan Square resident who said she stops by ...

SCHOOL LUNCH AND DINNER

With lunch after recess, fruits and veggies consumption increases by 54 percent PBS NewsHour: The study sampled seven schools containing grades 1 to 6 in a Utah school district. Three of the schools switched to putting recess before lunch, while the remaining four schools kept their original schedule of lunch before recess. In the schools that switch, the researchers observed — in addition to the 54 percent increase of fruit and vegetable consumption — a 45 percent increase in children eating at least one serving of the two. In the schools that didn’t switch, however, consumption of fruits and vegetables were observed to have decreased.

More schools serve students dinner as demand expands AP: Thirteen states and the District of Columbia began offering students dinner as part of a pilot program expanded to all states after the 2010 passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools where at least half the students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch are reimbursed for each supper by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at a rate often significantly higher than the cost of the meal.

Majority of US public school students are in poverty Washington Post: For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AFT's Weingarten lays out new models for unions People's World: American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten today laid out a framework for a renewed American labor movement. She was joined by U.S. labor secretary Thomas Perez and others at an Albert Shanker Institute conference.

Jeb Bush is running on his Florida education record. Here's what he actually did Vox: Bush's signature reform was testing students every year and grading schools based on the results of those tests. He also pushed to expand charter schools and supported voucher programs, as well as pioneering a program to hold students back who weren't reading in third grade. Some of these ideas are still well within the mainstream of the Republican party. But others, particularly mandatory annual standardized testing, have become much less politically popular in recent years.

OTHER CITIES

Seattle arts-in-schools program to double its reach in 2015 Seattle Times: A program meant to correct historic gaps in art classes across Seattle will nearly double in size next fall, adding art and music classes at 10 more schools, city and school district leaders announced Thursday.

State Education Board member rejects Ricketts' calls for resignation over ... Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts called for Pat McPherson, a member of the State Board of Education, to resign Thursday in the wake of bigoted remarks appearing on his blog. But McPherson said he is standing his ground and will not quit.

Alabama Has Highest Rate Of Teacher-Student Sex Abuse: Study HuffPost: Texas saw the most cases with 116 accusations out of the 781 that Abbott and his PR firm, Drive West Communications, counted across the country, the New York Daily News reports. But Alabama's lower population means it has a higher rate of such cases.

Shoddy attendance records, declining enrollment to cost LAUSD $100 million LA Daily News: Los Angeles Unified School District could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding because of a faulty computer system that has bungled attendance records and contributed to declining enrollment, a top official reported Tuesday. LAUSD Chief Financial Officer Megan Riley told board members that student attendance figures that will be reported to the state later this year are expected to drop by between 3 percent and 16 percent.

Ex-LAUSD superintendent attracted millions from foundations: will they stay the course? KPCC:  Major LAUSD’s donors – the Wasserman, Broad and Dell foundations – declined interviews for this story though their contributions have been significant.

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