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In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm

Welcome back! The political news includes Meeks' turnaround endorsement of Mayor Rahm (he opposed him in 2011), plus the financial downgrade for CPS (again).  In the "other" CPS, CPS Obsessed has threads going on magnets, classicals, and gifteds. Kate Grossman has won a UofC Fellowship. Beth Purvis is making $250,000 working for Rauner. More throughout the day at @district299 or on D299's Facebook page.

POLITICS

African-American vote could be key to Chicago mayoral election Tribune: Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joined with supporters in Englewood as they walked past abandoned buildings and trash-strewn vacant lots before coming upon one of the few occupied storefronts along Halsted Street between Marquette Road and 68th Street. See also: Meeks pulls about-face, backs EmanuelRev. James Meeks endorses Emanuel in about-face from 2011.

Emanuel and Garcia offered weak responses on segregation at Monday's debate Reader: "Chicago is one of America's most segregated cities," Anastasia Kaiser began. Kaiser, a University of Chicago senior, was framing a question for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia during Monday's debate at the NBC Tower, the first of three in the mayoral runoff.…

NYC teachers union backs opponent of Obama pal Rahm Emanuel New York Post: Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff whose abrasive personality earned him the nickname “Rahmbo”, enraged the Chicago teachers' union by implementing tough-love policies adopted here by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg: closing failing schools,

THE "OTHER" CPS

2015 SEES GIFTED and CLASSICAL Elem Thread CPS Obsessed: Share scores, questions, and knowledge here about gifted and classical programs. And remember, the process takes some time to work through the lists. See also GiftedNeighborhood/Magnet.

MONEY

It's not easy being middle-of-the-road Crain's Chicago Business: Particularly key is the Chicago Teachers Union. But on the issue of pension reform, CTU is very hard-line. And that may explain why at a recent press conference on his budget plan, Garcia threw Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle under the bus

Chicago schools' debt rating drops again, could trigger $228M in penalties Chicago Tribune: After Chicago Public Schools' debt rating downgrade on March 20, 2015, district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett renewed the call for an overhaul of teacher pensions. PS "has long faced serious fiscal challenges that are primarily driven by a broken pension ...

MISC

During PARCC testing, some schools losing art, music, other 'specials' Chicago Sun-Times: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett lobbied to stave off a full rollout of the test another year, but threatened with losing $1.4 billion in state and federal funding, she relented a week before testing began.

Homeless students need more than 'token' attention from CPS Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Public Schools' official policy for handling homeless students instructs school personnel to provide them with CTA “tokens” to help them travel back and forth to class from wherever they are temporarily staying.

PEOPLE

A Latino's reality in an elite college classroom White Rhino:  A guest post by Raul Guzman: As a first generation Latino college student at Carleton College from the south side of Chicago, I exist in a very different reality than majority culture members here. The aversive social tendencies present on campus and the difficulty majority as well as non-majority culture students experience when discussing are the most apparent examples. I realized my reality is different than most students at Carleton College during an introductory English rhetoric course my freshman year.

Sun-Times deputy editor Kate Grossman wins U. of C. fellowship Robert Feder: Kate Grossman, deputy editorial page editor of the Sun-Times, has been awarded a fellowship at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Grossman was one of eight fellows named Monday to the prestigious program focusing on current political and public policy topics for the spring quarter.

Former charter schools CEO earning $250K as Rauner's adviser WBEZ Chicago: For weeks, Beth Purvis' role in the administration had been somewhat of a mystery. There was no formal announcement when she was hired, and during a House education committee meeting earlier this month, she stood and introduced herself when someone on the panel asked if anyone from the governor's office was in attendance.

CPS Worker Charged In Shooting Near Far South Side School CBS Local: A young man hired by Chicago Public Schools to help students during arrival and dismissal at a charter school is behind bars for allegedly shooting a 17-year-old girl just blocks from the school on the Far South Side, the Chicago Sun-Times is .

OTHER PLACES

'Grow your own' teacher of color programs provide a solution Star Tribune: Many schools have responded to the shortage by looking inside their own ranks. For example, the U and Minneapolis Public Schools are seeking state Board of Teaching approval to train the district’s educator support professionals — almost half of whom are minorities — to become licensed teachers. [this didn't work very well in IL, did it?]

Cuomo Fights Rating System in Which Few Teachers Are Bad NYT: Less than 1 percent of teachers in New York State were rated ineffective over all, and principals’ evaluations are often responsible for the high scores. See also: More Unwanted Teachers Leave System Under de Blasio WNYC.

Jurors Resume Deliberating Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Case NPR: Twelve ex-educators are accused of changing students' test scores in a scandal dating back to 2009. Jurors have six months of evidence to go through, including testimony from more than 130 witnesses.

How one California superintendent changed troubled schools Hechinger Report: Christopher Steinhauser has been the superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California for 13 years. Made famous by the movie Freedom Writers, which told the story of novice teacher Erin Gruwell reaching her troubled students in the early 1990s through writing...

Parent Advisory Council Members in Conn. Sue Local Superintendent, Board EdWeek: Some parents claim Bridgeport school district leaders are trying to silence their criticism by removing them from their District Parent Advisory Council posts.

Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary NYT: A state appellate court has suggested that it might block a school financing plan that lawmakers passed; Republican leaders say the court is overstepping its bounds.

NATIONAL

No Child Left Behind Law Faces Its Own Reckoning NYT: A rewrite could collapse in partisan disarray. But it could also herald a new era of education, keeping some testing but eliminating prescriptive punishments.

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan on Pa.'s funding gap between rich, poor schools is ... Philly.com: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. "The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts ...

How a wheelchair challenge mobilized a high school to become more accessible PBS NewsHour: How one student’s efforts changed his high school in Texas and made it more accessible for people with disabilities. It’s the subject of nationally recognized video from our Student Reporting Lab in Austin and tells the story of Archer Hadley, a teenager with cerebral palsy who mobilized the entire school community.

A Donation Site Where Schools Can Pass The Hat NPR: For the last 15 years, DonorsChoose.org has helped teachers like Vanderford raise more than $310 million — with more than half of those donations going to America's poorest schools.

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