Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!

Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!

Just in case it wasn't clear that politicians and campaigns aren't all that different, let's take a look at Chuy Garcia's campaign ad against "private" and "elite" charter schools. (Not that Mayor Rahm hasn't or wouldn't do the same thing given the chance.) In other news, ProgressIL has a list of winners and losers under the new funding formula being proposed for the state. Which is CPS? LAUSD just published the salaries and names of all its employees (which I think is already done in Illinois but WTF?). The NEA kicked off the 2016 Presidential camapaign with a media call with reporters.

CAMPAIGN

Chuy Garcia Mayoral Ad Stretches The Truth About Rahm Emanuel's School Funding Decisions FactCheck.org: Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free.

Is Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Chicago’s Bill de Blasio? NY Magazine: It’s an irresistible parallel: Amiable insurgent progressive mayoral candidate in major city rises by decrying a tale of two cities and attacking the big-money incumbent as an agent of the one percent while welding a coalition of liberal whites and marginalized minorities. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Chicago ’15, is Bill de Blasio, New York ’13!

$15 FOR ALL?

Unions and Garcia push for $15-an-hour minimum wage WBEZ Chicago: Garcia, members of the CTU, and activists with the national movement “Fight for 15” rallied outside the Chicago Board of Education Wednesday. They want all companies who do business with Chicago Public Schools to agree to a wage increase.

Garcia wants $15 minimum wage at CPS, but won't say how to pay for it Tribune:  Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia joined the Chicago Teachers Union in a call for a $15 minimum wage for public schools employees and contractors on Wednesday, but did not say how the cash-strapped school district could pay for the expense.

School janitors protest outside CPS headquarters; CTU, fast food workers call ... WLS-TV: "No one who works in Chicago should be forced to live in poverty," CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday.

Mitchell: Mom says charter school discouraged son's choice of historically ... Chicago Sun-Times: “I am a graduate of an HBCU, and my son was told that he could not apply to an HBCU until he applied to other schools,” said Rose, a City of Chicago employee. “When I asked why, the initial response was HBCUs don't give enough money,” she said.

MONEY

Top 10 biggest winners, losers under proposed Illinois school funding formula ProgressIL: Homeowners everywhere in Illinois already pay some of the highest property taxes in the country. Residents of wealthy districts provide upward of 80 percent of their school funding through their property taxes, which are sky-high. They also pay state income tax. They’re not pleased when it’s suggested that more of their state income tax should go to far-flung school districts that already get a proportionally larger share of state funding.

TEACHERS

LAUSD educators typically earned $75,504 last year LADN: The typical Los Angeles Unified educator collected $75,504 in 2014, according to pay records obtained by this news organization ­-- the first time the school district has released the pay and name of every employee. [yikes!]

About 20,000 sign in favor of teacher-evaluation bill Seattle Times: Parents delivered a petition to legislative leaders in Olympia on Tuesday supporting a bill that would require student scores on state tests to be used in evaluating teachers.

NATIONAL

Nation’s largest labor union: We want 2016 hopefuls talking about schools Washington Post: The National Education Association, the largest U.S. labor union, is pushing to make public schools a front-burner domestic issue throughout the 2016 presidential race, union leaders said Wednesday. “We have 3 million members who want desperately to know what the candidates have to say to really, seriously improve public education,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told reporters. “We intend to activate those 3 million members, the parents, even the students. See also Huffington PostEdWeek (anyone else).

How snow days don’t hurt student progress, but absences do, in graphs Washington Post: It’s time to bury what you think you know about snow days and student achievement.Joshua Goodman, an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, examined weather data, student test scores and attendance figures in Massachusetts between 2003 and 2010. He found that school closures on snow days do not hurt student progress.

Does Becoming a Parent Make You More Selfish or Selfless? WNYC: We're asking this question because it came up in a conversation with Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz yesterday while she was discussing school choice. Plus, this article in the Atlantic talks about the roles of parents in choosing schools for their kids, and whether they should choose what's best for their children, or what's best for the neighborhood public school.

Five Years In, It's Unclear if Common Core Is Helping Students US News: Two studies released this week – one from the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy and the other from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research – showed small gains on students' scores nationally on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and in Kentucky on the ACT. But it hasn't been determined whether those gains can be attributed to the Common Core standards, which most states only fully implemented within the last one to two years.

OTHER CITIES

New York Dreamers Begin Hunger Strike As State Budget Deadline Looms Huffington Post: A group of 10 undocumented youths launched a hunger strike Wednesday, vowing to pressure New York lawmakers to put funding for a proposed state version of the Dream Act back into next year's budget.

Why Louisiana officials closed a struggling charter school while keeping a failing one open Hechinger Report:    Andrew H. Wilson Charter School could not get its letter grade out of the basement, falling to “F” this year after three years with a “D” while in operation in the Broadmoor neighborhood. Administratively, the school received a poor financial management score. It has about 625 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

One third of New Orleans public school principals tried to choose their students, report says NOLA.com: One third of 30 New Orleans public school leaders told the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans they tried to pick and choose the best students. Of those 10 schools, eight had no entrance requirements and were supposed to take all children. The findings date to the 2012-13 school year.

Tennessee School Districts Sue the State Over Funding District Dossier: The seven districts allege that the state is not complying with the basic education formula and that discrepancies have shifted the financial burden to local school districts and schools.

Kentucky judges ponder case of school bullying suicide AP: Can schools and teachers be held responsible if a bullied student commits suicide?...

 

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