One More Day (But You're On Spring Break)

One More Day (But You're On Spring Break)

One more day until the election is over, and many of us can't wait. Then again, many of us are on break, or dealing with kids who are on break.  So there's that. Read below for some interesting pieces on the union split over Chuy, the runoff campaign contrasts with the first one. There's also some interesting updates about Common Core testing -- remember that? -- and other national news. 

ELECTION

How Rahm Emanuel flipped the script on liberal rebels in the Chicago runoff Washington Post: In many ways, the contest has become as much a referendum on Garcia’s qualifications as on Emanuel’s tempestuous first term....Garcia’s campaign has been yearning for its breakthrough moment but plagued by false starts. Perhaps the biggest reason is Emanuel himself.

In Chicago’s Reshaped Politics, Unions Are Divided Over Mayoral Race NYT: Labor is by no means speaking with one voice in this race. Mr. Emanuel has his own cast of union backers, more than 70 locals among 15 unions, which he proudly listed in an interview. Among them: firefighters, hospitality workers, carpenters, painters, laborers, pipe fitters and plumbers.

To Endorse or not? Second City Teacher: The Chicago Teachers Union delegates meeting Wednesday, April 1, began with a recommendation from its executive board to endorse a candidate running for alderman in the 18th ward. One delegate passionately stated that challenger Derrick Curtis is a former cop, and a union supporter who has lived in the community for over 20 years.However, more was said about his opponent Ald. Lona Lane, namely that she is a loyal supporter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and has the most red light cameras of all the city wards.

Garcia slams Emanuel's prekindergarten initiative Reader: Outside a south-side child care center, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia yesterday blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's use of social impact bonds to fund an expansion of prekindergarten in Chicago.

Emanuel vs. Garcia, in Three Maps Chicago Magazine: In the February 24 general election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel led with 45.6 percent of the vote, but that wasn’t enough to avoid a runoff against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who pulled in 33.5 percent. Tuesday’s runoff will determine the mayoral race as well as 18 City Council seats.

CPS to reconsider booting daycare center from prestigious magnet school Chicago Sun-Times:  A Northwest Side daycare center which Chicago Public Schools planned to boot out of a prestigious magnet school is breathing new life.

Chicago Elections Chief Got Lobbying Contracts from Rahm Emanuel's Adminstration International Business Times: Chicago Public Schools declined to provide IBTimes with details of the lobbying expenditures. The denial came at the same time the Emanuel ..

This White House-Worthy Youth Mentoring Program Is A 'Beacon Of Hope' In Chicago HuffPost: The students’ entry was a hip-hop music video highlighting the school’s unique C.H.A.M.P.S. mentoring program (Culturally Helping And Making Positive Success). C.H.A.M.P.S. is an initiative that aims to bring three "E"s -- "education, empowerment and exposure” -- to young African-American men at the school, providing them with tools they need to excel in life.

Botana chosen to serve on national committee Michigan City News Dispatch: His career in administration has included other types of education to special groups. Among other jobs, he was division administrator for the Illinois State Board of Education in 1994-2002 and chief officer for instructional design and assessment as the Chicago Public Schools from 2002-09. For the state, he helped develop the state's first assessment for English-language learners. He became associate superintendent here in August 2010.

TESTING

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare NYT: School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities.

In the Name of Fairness, Special Needs Students Struggle Through Testing WNYC: Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.

Readers: How our students spent their opt-out time ChalkbeatTN: We heard from people all over the state and the responses were varied. Some parents kept their students at home for the few hours student took the exams while others spent that time in the library working on homework.

First year of PARCC testing was no picnic for Ohio schools Columbus Dispatch: As Ohio schools transition to new, tougher state tests, this is bound to be a trying year, experts say. Scheduling struggles, glitches on the online tests and other issues are going to come up in the first year, said Chad Aldeman, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit research and advisory group based in Washington.

PARENTS

Parents launch petition to take control at 20th Street Elementary LA Times: In this instance, parents say they want a district-managed pilot school, which would incorporate some of the freedoms of a charter school. Those campuses typically operate under a simpler union contract and teachers must opt in to the school’s new efforts. If they don’t prove a good fit, they can be forced to transfer to another campus.

Parents and Teachers Meet in a New York Minute (or 5 if They’re Lucky) NYT: In middle and high school, most of the city’s public school teachers have at least 150 students; the few hours set aside for formal conferences can be an exercise in chaos.

CHARTERS

Charter schools still a D.C. hot-button issue Washington Post: For years, District residents have forecast — for better or worse — a future where charter schools consumed neighborhood schools. And with charter school enrollment growing every year for nearly two decades, that day has seemed not too far away

The education model that fell apart Capital New York: Once considered a gold standard of charter operations, two Brighter Choice middle schools were closed by the state’s Charter Schools Institute after just five years in operation, because 80 percent of the students were not proficient in English and math. Other charter schools in Albany, including an all-girls high school with a graduation rate of 51 percent, could be shuttered in the near future for poor performance.

INEQUALITY

Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds NPR: One of New York City's thorniest political issues is over how to make its elite high schools more representative. A new study says that many popular proposals won't help diversity — and might hurt it.

Denver Schools Take Lead in Hiring DREAMer Teachers AP: In the meantime, the Teach for America program he's involved in has grown from two teachers in Denver, where it was launched last year, to 40 teachers in classrooms across the country, including Arizona, California and New Mexico. Denver's 11 instructors with DACA status comprise the largest group. Teach for America plans to create more opportunities for immigrants like Fuentes.

MISCELLANEOUS

Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape NPR: In Japan, many schools don't employ janitors. Instead, they ask the students to pitch in with the daily upkeep. Some U.S. schools are doing the same.

The Value Of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers And Nails NPR: A new short documentary on an adventure playground in Wales explores "the nature of play, risk and hazard."

Sex abuse lawsuit settled against elite NYC prep school AP: An elite New York City prep school has settled a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against it in New Jersey....

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