Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!

Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!

Today's education news includes an update on CTU's negotiations with CPS over a new contract (and possible strike!), more about who wants the Dyett building (Little Black Pearl), a Catalyst investigation into missing CPS kids (and another piece about Latino parents and the Common Core).  Nationally, vaccinations have become a political issue for Presidential contenders and somewhat progressive DC-area superintendent Josh Starr is leaving his post after 3 years. 

STRIKE THREAT

Karen Lewis: New CTU contract will cost city, but members willing to strike for it Chicago Sun-Times: With less than a month before the mayoral election, Chicagdivo Teachers Union president Karen Lewis made two things clear Monday: The new teachers contract being negotiated is going to cost money, and her 30,000 members who went on strike in 2012 for...

Lewis Announces CTU's New Policy Blueprint During City Club Speech ProgressIL: The report lists "city policies that negatively impact CPS students, their families and communities," and "serves as a challenge to the status quo, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and others to do what is morally just and protect the interest of working families, while fostering policies that eradicate poverty, inequality and racial injustice in our city and state," the CTU said in a news release.

Pension reform in Illinois: will teachers retire sooner? RebootIL: What if the court rules in favor of the pension reform law; will teachers follow precedent of pension recipients in other states by retiring and moving from the state at a record rate? And who will move to Illinois to replace them, with tax rates in the state so high? It’s already happening to police forces across the country where pensions were cut.

CLOSINGS

Contract school group interested in Dyett property Chicago Sun-Times: Burns said it's not that the community's proposal for a green neighborhood high school is not good enough. It's just that green technology is “duplicative of what already exists” at Chicago Agricultural High School and at nearby Dunbar Vocational.

For the Record: Tracking 434 missing students after closings Catalyst: Officials now admit that 154 children of those children were either coded as “unable to locate” or “did not arrive,” or had absolutely no code attached to their record. After being out of school for a year or enrolled elsewhere, 39 of the 154 students showed up this school year, according to CPS. Another 279 children were coded as transfers--to home school, a private school or an out-of-state school--though CPS could not verify whether these students were in fact enrolled in a new school. One student died.

Chicago Education Activists Keep Pressure On Ald. Burns Over Dyett High School ProgressIL:Chicago education activists who have been fighting to preserve Walter H. Dyett High School as an open-enrollment, traditional neighborhood school protested outside of Ald. Will Burns' (4th) office Tuesday morning, claiming the South Side alderman "pretends to be progressive while pushing privatization."

CITY COUNCIL

From classroom to campaign trail: 5 teachers eye city council seats WBEZ: Garza is one of five teachers running this time for Chicago’s City Council, an unusually high number, propelled by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th Hyde Park Herald: The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year's municipal election — including a local alderman. The union last Tuesday released a list of endorsements

11th Ward hopeful labors to grow the Daley legacy Tribune: As Patrick Daley Thompson sits in his Jeep Grand Cherokee outside the Bridgeport bungalow he once lived in as a toddler with grandfather Mayor Richard J. Daley and now owns as a married father of three, he ticks off a long list of second- and third-generation homeowners on the block.

COMMON CORE

Latino parents vie for input on PARCC exam Catalyst: Vonderlack-Navarro says she is not convinced the state did all it could to include English-learners and special education students in preparations for the PARCC. For example, the PARCC--like the ISAT before it--will offer a Spanish version of its math exam, but that version was never piloted in Illinois, an oversight she calls “unconscionable.”

The Obama Man Turning Around Chicago’s South Side Isn’t Rahm Emanuel Next City: The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement is trying to reverse decades of tension between the university and its community.

OTHER PLACES

With Board Support In Question, MoCo Schools Superintendent Resigns WAMU: Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is resigning, leaving his post four months before his contract was up. See also Washington Post: Joshua Starr’s three-year tenure as superintendent on par with big-city national average

Charter group says Kayser policies 'by no means race-neutral' LA School Report: Three other incumbents — Tamar Galatzan, George McKenna andRichard Vladovic — has been denounced by a wide range of Kayser supporters.

New York City Schools Chancellor Objects to Cuomo’s Plan for Grading Teachers NYT: Chancellor Carmen Fariña told state legislators that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wanted to base too much of a teacher’s score on the state’s student test results. See also WNYC: NYC Chancellor Challenges Cuomo's Education Proposals

D.C. special-ed student information inadvertently posted online since 2010 Washington Post: Personal information for special-education students in the District has been publicly available online since 2010 through a security breach that D.C. public school officials reported on Tuesday. The personal data was included in training documents for special-education providers in 2010 and 2011. The documents, including one that was more than 300 pages long, were inadvertently posted to an internal Web site that was not secure, officials said.

NATIONAL

Vaccines Should Be As Nonnegotiable As Seat Belts, Experts Say Huffington Post:The vaccination issue has emerged as an early litmus test in the 2016 presidential race. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) made waves on Monday when he told a reporter that "parents need to have some measure of choice" in the matter of vaccines.

Teacher-Evaluation Mandate Unlikely in ESEA Rewrite PK12: Republicans want to steer clear of anything that smacks of federal control. Democrats, who have historically represented the concerns of teachers' unions, are wary of the increasing impact of student test scores on evaluations and how those evaluations are used in new compensation systems.

Where Did Education Groups Rank in Donations to 2014 State Elections? State EdWatch: Both [NEA and AFT] ranked ahead of state election giving by the Walmart multinational retail corporation and the Walt Disney Co., but behind the NextGen Climate Action Committee (5th), a group run by California billionaire Tom Steyer, and another labor union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (6th). No other single-issue group focused on education made it into the top 50.

Study: College completion gap between rich, poor widens AP: The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation's richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the ...

Is Your First Grader College Ready? NYT: Mock applications at age 6, campus tours at 10. More and more elementary schools are introducing college awareness. Is it ever too early to plan for the future?

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