Archive for January 2015

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...

PURE Reboots For 2015

PURE Reboots For 2015
Long-lived nonprofit PURE is attempting a 2015 reboot by going back to its parent training roots and hiring an acting director (Steve Ross). Do you think it will work? Meantime, Springfield lawmakers are apparently going to debate the state funding formula (again). A car hit a South Side CPS crossing guard. CTU is celebrating MLK Day with a big event. When's that first mayoral debate? Plus national news and education updates from other cities...

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...
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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...

Rauner Appoints Meeks To ISBE

Rauner Appoints Meeks To ISBE
Welcome back.  Today's news roundup includes coverage of Meeks' appointment to ISBE (you may remember him for trying to register CPS kids in Winnetka a few years ago), and more about Emanuel's second-term agenda. There's also news about a group of women running for alderman who are close to CTU. Groups in DC are arguing over NCLB's annual reading and math testing requirement - conservatives and liberals seem to be lining up against the requirement, but education and civil rights groups and special education advocates don't want to jettison the rule...

Back To School - TGIF!?

Back To School - TGIF!?
Happy Friday.  There are three big education stories today:  School's back open (and not everyone's happy about it).  Emanuel has big ideas for his next term (if he can get enough funding for them).  CTU and City Hall are debating grad rate data that the Board is using to tout progress. Nationally, Obama has a new free community college program, and educators are debating whether to dump the annual testing that's been at the heart of NCLB when revamping the program. ...
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Cold Weather Can't Stop City/Union Politics

Cold Weather Can't Stop City/Union Politics
It's still super cold, and CPS is still closed. But that isn't stopping pro-Rahm folks from sending out mailers criticizing progressive candidates or CTU's executive board from endorsing some (but not all) candidates against Rahm allies. It's not always clear who CTU will endorse, as Bob Fioretti (passed over in favor of Chuy Garcia) well knows. According to Second City Teacher, leadership and the delegates may differ on whether to endorse CTU members who are running in response to Karen Lewis's many appeals. Last but not least, an update on Thirty Million Words from the Hechinger Report...

School's Closed - Parents Scramble

School's Closed - Parents Scramble
Today's big news is that CPS is closed -- and parents are scrambling to figure out what to do with their kids.  (Did CPS make the right call, or should they have kept the regular schedule?)  Meantime, WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton profiles a student health initiative in the Bronx, CPS Obsessed shares a CPS parent quiz, and M. Klonsky chides City Hall, the Board, and the UofC for touting CPS grad rates that have in some cases been cooked to show improvements that weren't there...

Scandal At Gage Park & Michele Clark*

Scandal At Gage Park & Michele Clark*
Today's education news: Catalyst reveals that the two schools involved in the latest $900,000 embezzlement scam/scheme were Gage Park and Michael Clark (and that CPS has many fewer investigators/IG staff than other big districts).CPS is back for a second cold day but may be out due to the weather tomorrow, according to several news reports. (Nationally 21 kids have already died due to the flu, reports the Wall Street Journal.) Plus SE admissions numbers by tier, thanks to CPS Obsessed. [*Not "Michael" Clark - thanks for the catch!]...
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Karen's Back - Plus A $900K Theft

Karen's Back - Plus A $900K Theft
Welcome back -- sorry about the cold!  Today's education roundup includes news that Karen Lewis is back to part-time duty at CTU and a couple of items about Danny Solis challenger (and Lindblom teacher) Ed Hershey.  There's also a disheartening piece about how some CPS employees and vendors stole nearly $900,000 in public funding. The other big news, in case you haven't been watching for a while, I've changed over to Facebook comments (though you can also use your email to comment, apparently)...