A Snowstorm - Of Rahm's Cash!

A Snowstorm - Of Rahm's Cash!

School's closed.  Chuy is talking about taxing weed. Rahm is drowning in money. President Obama says "vaccinate your kids." The White House budget is coming out today.  A progressive superintendent is in trouble in the DC Metro area.

STORM

No Monday CPS Classes as City Digs Out NBC Chicago: Classes were cancelled Monday for Chicago Public Schools students, one day after the city set a new record for the most amount of snow in a 24-hour.

Chicago Public Schools classes canceled as snow continues to fall Chicago Sun-Times: “The National Weather Service updated its forecast early Sunday evening to indicate the city could receive up to an additional five inches of snow by midnight, in addition to the 14 inches of snow already received,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.

Chicago weather: Historic blizzard cancels schools, causes travel hazards WLS-TV: Among the top 10 biggest snowstorms in Chicago history, the blizzard has causedChicago Public Schools to cancel classes on Monday.

ELECTION

Chicago Mayor Wages Lively Campaign With No Big Challengers AP: The public-school turmoil pitted Emanuel against Chicago Teachers Union PresidentKaren Lewis. A frequent and vocal critic of Emanuel, she was seen as his fiercest challenger until she dropped her potential bid because of serious illness.

Emanuel rules out post-election property tax hike ... Chicago Sun-Times: Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia steered clear of revenue solutions during Friday's endorsement session but resurrected a doozy afterward: legalizing and taxing marijuana.

Former 'right-hand man' to progressive pols, Garcia ready to take the reins Chicago Sun-Times: Garcia then helped CTU President Karen Lewis' exploratory committee. When she withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Lewis asked Garcia to take on Emanuel.

Emanuel's rare political reach fuels fundraising machine Tribune: When three Chicago financial trading firms traveled to Washington, D.C., for a crucial meeting with federal regulators, they didn't go alone. They brought a man schooled in the ways of the capital who had recently received $182,000 in political contributions from them: Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Elected or apppointed? Pick your poison for Chicago Board of Ed Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago's school system already is in a deep financial hole, with structural budget deficits, soaring pension contributions and a credit rating hovering near junk bond territory. If other big cities are any guide, an elected school board could spell...

MISC CHICAGO

Teen unemployment continues to rise in Chicago Catalyst: Instead, youth employment has plunged, especially among African American young men, and is now at its lowest level in years. And the poorest households are hardest hit: Only 11 percent of Chicago teens in households with an income below $20,000 annually were employed in 2013, compared to 30 percent of teens in households with incomes between $100,000 and $150,000.

Police: School district employee stole iPads, laptops from Riverside school Chicago Sun-Times: They were able to locate some of the items at pawnshops in Oak Park and Chicago, and discovered they were pawned by a school district employee. Palmer, a contract IT employee of District 96, was arrested at his home in the 4600 block of West McLean ...

NATIONAL

Obama Budget Seeks Boosts for Early Ed., High Schools, Technology PK12: The request, being formally unveiled Monday, includes big hikes for teacher quality, preschool development grants, civil rights enforcement, education technology, plus a new competitive-grant program aimed at helping districts make better use of their federal and local K-12 dollars. [Obama also tells parents to vaccinate their kids.]

Storm Heads Toward Northeast After Blanketing Midwest AP: Slow-moving moves toward Northeast after it blankets the Midwest in heavy snow. See also:

Jeb Bush's education bond with Obama poses 2016 challenge for him Tampa Bay Times: Bush and Obama have been unlikely partners on education, sharing similar goals, praising each other publicly and appearing together at a high school in Miami as Obama was gearing up for re-election.

AFT Mounts Strong Opposition to Federal Teacher-Prep Proposal TeacherBeat: The AFT really, really doesn't like the feds' proposals on teacher preparation, and it wants everyone to know about it.

Did Billions of Dollars in School Turnaround Aid Help? PK12: The U.S. Department of Education has pumped more than $5 billion into a supercharged version of the School Improvement Grant program that gave grants of up $2 million to the lowest-performing schools in the country to try out dramatic turnaround strategies (like turning themselves into charters, or getting rid of half their staff).

Montgomery discussions continue on future of school superintendent Washington Post: Montgomery County’s school board president said Sunday evening that the board will continue its discussions Monday with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr about his future in the district and hopes to say more about the matter Tuesday.

Gov. Jindal Urges State Board to Adopt Alternatives to PARCC State EdWatch: Jindal's Jan. 30 executive order is the latest step in the ongoing battle the Louisiana governor has waged against the standards and tests.

University Endowments Reached Record Levels In 2014 NPR: Contributions to colleges and universities were greater in 2014 than ever before. Harvard alone collected over $1.1 billion. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Stacy Palmer of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

A Boy Praises the Principal of His Brooklyn School, and a Fund-Raising Campaign Takes Off NYT: The efforts of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to educate low-income children have inspired people and spurred a campaign that has raised more than $1 million for the students.

Prison school's defenders say cuts would hurt mission AP: Thousands of former inmates can claim the Community High School of Vermont as their alma mater, the place they received the education allowing them to become productive citizens upon their release from prison. But like any other school, the one run by the state's Department of Corrections is facing the prospect of big budget cuts....

Cursive handwriting is useless, but politicians want students to learn it anyway Vox: In the past few years, states as politically diverse as Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Georgia, Idaho, and Massachusetts have passed bills requiring schools to teach students to write in cursive. The Kansas Board of Education reaffirmed in 2013 that students should learn to write cursive. And similar bills have been proposed in Indiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, and other states.

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