Mayoral Debates & CTU Endorsements

Mayoral Debates & CTU Endorsements

The big news of the day seems to be that Rahm is going to show up at 5 debates rather than blowing off his challengers. Or maybe it's the CTU endorsement of a Daley at tomorrow's HOD meeting, according to Second City Teacher? (Progress IL reports the Irizarry endorsement.) Or maybe it's just that everyone's back in school.  Nationally, everyone's covering the Duncan speech in which he supports the annual NCLB testing requirement, and the new Obama student data privacy proposal.

MAYORAL RACE

Emanuel To Appear At Five Mayoral Debates Progress IL: Emanuel's three main opponents, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and businessman Willie Wilson, are expected to be at the five events.

ENDORSEMENTS

CTU Endorses Juanita Irizarry In 26th Ward Race Progress IL: "Our union is endorsing Juanita Irizarry for alderman, because as a recognized expert in community development, she has the roots, the proven commitment, and the independence to make a difference for all of the families in the 26th Ward," CTU representative Sara Echevarria said in a statement. Adam Corona, a streets and sanitation superintendent in the 45th Ward, is also vying to unseat incumbent Ald. Roberto Maldonado in the 26th Ward race.

CTU Daley endorsement? Second City Teacher: In a stunning decision, the Chicago Teachers Union's political action committee recommended the endorsement of Patrick Daley Thompson, according to teacher delegate Erika Wozniak. The CTU delegates will vote on this endorsement, and a few others, at the next House of Delegates meeting this Wednesday, January 14.

Appointed vs. Elected School Board WTTW: According to the Chicago Teachers Union, 96 percent of school boards in the United States are elected. In some instances, such as with Ohio, a state has only one appointed school board within its borders. Still, a Center for American Progress report shows that appointed school boards can be found in cities of all sizes across the country, from New Haven, Conn. to Chicago.

ETHS chief 'regrets' weather closure Evanston Now: Evanston Township High School superintendent Eric Witherspoon said Monday night that he regrets that the school closed because of cold weather last Wednesday.

826CHI Opens Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., Moves Tutoring Center DNA Info: An open house scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Friday will include writing exercises and snacks

NATIONAL

Administration Doubling Down on K-12 Priorities, Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Declares PK12: Duncan is making it clear he doesn't think that Republicans in Congress—who could introduce draft proposals that make significant changes to federal testing mandates as early as this week—are on the right track.

See also:

Arne Duncan Wants To Drop 'No Child Left Behind' — But Keep Its Tests NPR:

Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals Washington Post

White House Still Backs Annual Testing in Schools NYT

Obama to Call for New Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy NPR: The Obama Administration wants to create some new regulations that would alert consumers to the potentially unavoidable dangers facing them in the era of Sony's hacks.  See also Daily Caller.

As Jeb Bush Eyes 2016 Recalling Lessons From Governor Races AP: In the recent launch of a political action committee called Right to Rise, Bush described his potential campaign in the most detailed terms to date, and did so in a style that could fairly be called populist.

Students in Pakistan return to school a month after Taliban massacre PBS NewsHour: Students in Pakistan returned to school today for the first time since Taliban militants stormed into classrooms and killed 134 children at Army Public School in Peshawar last month. Emotions were running high as Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif greeted parents and students at the school and invited victims’ families to a private ceremony.

OTHER CITIES

NYC DOE reveals elusive data for 13 charter schools: How many students leave each year ChalkbeatNY:  The limited student mobility data challenges that [Farina] argument, to a degree. The schools with the highest average mobility rates over the past four years are also the ones that are performing the worst academically.

Rally to Fund Schools Draws Hundreds to Albany WNYC: Public school education groups and unions rallied in Albany on the same day supporters of charter schools pressed their own cause.  See also: Equitable funding advocates flood Albany hoping to redirect education debate Chalkbeat New York.

Ex-LAUSD chief John Deasy joins Broad leadership academy KPCC: John Deasy, former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent, is joining a training academy funded by philanthropist Eli Broad, Deasy's long-time supporter. In his new position at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, Deasy will serve as a consultant and superintendent-in-residence for the Broad Academy, the center's training and coaching program for urban public education leaders, according to a center news release.

Credit Card Spending by Minneapolis District Leaders Raises Questions District Dossier: The questions about spending and financial record keeping of expenses by Minneapolis school officials come at a time when the district is facing a $5 million-plus budget shortfall.

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