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Today's Education News!

Today's Education News!

There's the election (obviously), there's the contract proposals (what do you think?), and then all the rest (dropout recovery, Grossman's class, etc.). No national news today -- the computer crashed and all that went away.

ELECTION

Chicago’s Rough-Edged Mayor, Tries the Sandpaper NYT: On the stump and in debates, he has spoken of the pain endured by mothers who have lost their children to gun violence in the city. After he drew just 46 percent of the vote in February, he recorded a campaign ad in which he wore a V-neck sweater, sat in what appeared to be a living room and acknowledged his faults.

Chuy Garcia Wakes Up and Hits Rahm Hard in Second Debate ChicagoMagazine: After a sleepy first round, the mayoral challenger came alive and challenged Rahm—a lot—during last night's match.

CTU: Emanuel paints too rosy a picture on education accomplishments
 Chicago Sun-Times: At Thomas Waters Elementary in Ravenswood Gardens (above), the school raised money to pay for a teaching assistant, said Jackson Potter, staff coordinator at theChicago Teachers Union. Meanwhile, Grissom Elementary had an average class size of 40 ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens big lead on mayoral challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened up a substantial lead on challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia with only a week to go in the runoff campaign, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.

CONTRACT

Chicago Teachers Union needs to re-think contract negotiations White Rhino: While the issues affecting CPS remain complex, during these contract negotiations, CTU should only bring issues to the table that belong in the labor agreement which determines our day-to-day responsibilities within the contract’s life.  Issues that do not affect the urgent or important day-to-day working conditions of staff and learning conditions of students should not be on the list of demands—especially since our current contract expires in three months.  We don't have a lot of time.

CTU Unveils New Contract Demands, Rallies With Allies For 'Education Justice'  Progress IL: Thursday's rally -- which kicked off at the Thompson Center and ended with a march to City Hall -- was unquestionably pro-Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia, who forced Emanuel into the April 7 runoff. Some rallygoers wore Garcia pins and others toted campaign signs for the candidate.

THE REST

CMSA Students to Compete in Robotics World Championship DNA Info: The high school is the only school from Chicago competing in the tournament.

Expert Journalist to Explain How Chicago Became the Center of School Reform DNA Info: Kate Grossman will host eight seminars on the recent history of the school reform movement.

Behind CPS graduation rates, a system of musical chairs WBEZ: A WBEZ and Catalyst Chicago analysis of graduation numbers for every high school in the city shows how many freshmen stayed through graduation day, how many dropped out and how many finished at other schools—including alternative schools.

New Trier students' annual concert benefits charter schools Chicago Tribune: 
Since most monetary donations to LEARN are used for basic school needs, Suljic said, she needed to look for other ways to bring performing arts to the school.

The School Project: Testing Season Chicago Tonight: In 2013, Chicago Public Schools announced that an unprecedented 49 neighborhood schools would be permanently closed. Follow Rousemary Vega, a parent turned activist, through the maze of hearings and protests that preceded the largest school

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