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Spring Break Runoff Election Day

Spring Break Runoff Election Day

There's not much news other than election news, but then again the election is in some large part about education so there's that. Too bad schools aren't in session so that folks can peek in at what a school looks like normally when they vote (if they vote at a school). And too bad in some sense that it doesn't look like Chuy is going to win (or at least that's what I'm being told). It would have been interesting to see what he would have done as a leader rather than as a campaigner. Or maybe we'll all be surprised (again) and Rahm will be out.

ELECTION

Q. and A. on the Chicago Mayor's Race as Voters Head to the Polls New York Times: Mr. Emanuel, who frequently mentions that students in Chicago Public Schools now spend more time in class, cited declining enrollment and abysmal ...

Tuesday's promise: No precinct uncovered, 'no vote uncontested' as political armies fan across city Chicago Sun-Times: It was a concern because the Chicago Teachers Union is one of Garcia's biggest supporters, and time off this week for Chicago Public Schools will ..

Chicago Mayor's Race in Final Stretch Wall Street Journal: Mr. Garcia's own fundraising has surged since the runoff started: He has taken in nearly $5 million, including support from the American Federation of Teachers and Chicago Teachers Union. Mr. Emanuel has clashed with the union over the past four years,

CPS spring break begins; Chicago Park District, Safe Haven programs available
WLS-TV: Spring break officially begins Monday for Chicago Public Schools students, even though many of them did not have class on Good Friday. Those who enrolled in Chicago Park District spring break camps have their first day on Monday.

On Chicago's West Side, Running Against the Mayor's School Policy New Republic: Why a Chicago alderman race may hinge on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hard line on schools

Mayoral election is far from a no-brainer — even for teachers Chicago Tribune: My parents were immigrants who came to Chicago from Guatemala for a better opportunity when I was 3. Hearing the public schools were awful, they sent me to private Catholic school. As I grew up and became a teacher here, I was increasingly drawn to ...

Election night at the Hideout with a trio of aldermen Reader: As a sign of my unshakable confidence that a change is gonna come to Chicago politics, I'll be spending election night at the Hideout with—count 'em—three aldermanic supporters of Mayor Rahm. Just to rub it in when my man, Chuy Garcia, roars to victory—his, gulp, 28 percent deficit in the latest Tribune poll notwithstanding.…

How Rahm Emanuel ended up in a fight for his political life Vox: If Garcia manages another upset? The ramifications will go beyond Chicago. The three largest cities in the nation will all have first-term mayors for the first time in generations — first-term mayors elected by populist, left-wing constituencies. And Rahm Emanuel, whose time here has long been seen as a stepping stone to more national ambitions, will be finished.

Two contenders want to create a new Dyett high school Chicago Sun-Times: One is from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School, which submitted its formal plan for a neighborhood school they've been developing for the past several years, dropping it off in person at Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

PARENTS

School parents take cooperative approach to reform EdSource: Rather, they used the so-called parent-trigger law as leverage. After months of organizing, meeting, and negotiating, the parents, principal, and superintendent signed a memorandum of understanding last May committing to actions including stronger student discipline and improved parent involvement. They even marked the occasion with a huge fiesta.

TESTING

More Seattle students opt out of new Common Core tests Seattle Times: As many as150 students at one Seattle high school are refusing to take new Common Core tests mandated in Washington. Some teachers from Garfield High, the site of a 2013 testing boycott, are expected to announce their opposition to the tests Tuesday.

TEACHERS

Los Angeles Unified's teachers are old and costly LA Daily News: After years of laying off the most recently hired teachers, the Los Angeles Unified School District is left with an aging and costly workforce. For every teacher under the age of 25, there are more than 19 teachers older than 56, according to district data recently compiled for a retirement plan. See also: LAUSD's union negotiations, budget woes continue this weekUnions and LA Unified reach tentative deal on health benefits (LA Times).

Another lawsuit challenges teachers unions' dues EdSource: In a statement on Monday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten accused StudentsFirst of hypocrisy. See also SF Chronicle.

Nation’s largest teachers union launches ad campaign as Congress debates No Child Left Behind Washington Post: As Congress debates how to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the nation’s largest teachers union is launching a $500,000 ad campaign urging lawmakers to reach a deal that reduces the focus on standardized testing.

TURNAROUNDS

How Struggling Schools Can Make Dramatic Improvements In Just A Few Years HuffPost: The CAP brief highlights four schools -- Frederick Douglass High School in Maryland, Leslie County High School in Kentucky, Emerson Elementary School in Kansas and Rose Ferrero Elementary School in California -- and the work they have done to make striking progress over a short time.

OTHER CITIES

New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets NPR: After the shooting death of one of his students, New Orleans educator Jonathan Johnson was inspired to create a school that gives low income students practical skills to compete in high-tech fields. See also: A New Orleans High School Adapts To 'Unaccompanied Minors'In New Orleans, The Scramble For The Right Fit.

Fewer NYC children make gifted cut for a second year, while inequities persist ChalkbeatNY: As usual, the most test-takers and the best passing rates came from school districts with more affluent enclaves. In Districts 2 and 3, which includes the Upper East and West Sides and much of Manhattan below 59th Street, 2,122 children — or 43 percent of those screened — hit the eligibility bar. Both districts have among the smallest shares of low-income students than any of the city’s 32 districts. See also WNYC.

 

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