Posts in category "Campaigns & Clout"

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift
Today's CPS news:  Everybody's got the flu (or at least it feels like it).  The AFT has given $200K to the Chuy Garcia campaign -- not the $1M promised to Karen Lewis. Gery Chico is endorsing his former rival, Mayor Emanuel. More kids are coding at school. Nationally, Arne Duncan joined students and educators at the big DC protest march over the weekend, and lots less kids are being held back than before the recession (down from 3 percent to 1.5 percent nationally)...

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities
Today's news includes a closer look at some of the City Hall challengers' CPS-related proposals, noting (in WBEZ) that in some cases they closely resemble CTU priorities and in others (Tribune) they lack any realistic spending offsets or revenue increases to pay for extras and cover current deficits. Elsewhere, there's more money for school Internet access being provided, and the new math is a struggle for students and teachers in Texas...

Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters

Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters
Today's local education news includes mayoral challengers talking about CPS, a Klonsky blog post about those graduation numbers, a $20M preschool grant for Illinois reported by Catalyst, and a new effort to improve teacher diversity in DNA Info. Nationally, storms are closing California schools, a massive spending bill in Washington includes wins and losses for Obama education initiatives, and the resignation of NY State's controversial state superintendent...
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In Depth With Rahm & Jesse

In Depth With Rahm & Jesse
Today's news roundup includes reactions to the Illinois pension lawsuit, more reactions to the CTU candidate evaluation (does it go too far?), an update from Catalyst about a parent opt out bill and a big story about Rahm's troubled relationship with the African-American community.  There's part 2 of Chicago Magazine's interview with CTU head Jesse Sharkey, and updates from the Garcia campaign about signatures and the campaign rollout. Plus national news and news from other cities (they're fighting about charter vs. district pushouts in NYC)...

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents
Today's news includes coverage of yesterday's Board meeting (not downtown!) and City Council meeting, as well as an update on the racy slides that were making some folks upset at Jackson Elementary.  But the really big news of the day is the President's immigration announcement later today at a Las Vegas high school, which is anticipated to affect lots of kids with undocumented parents. Roughly 8 percent of K-12 kids in Illinois have parents without papers, and the statistics for Chicago are certainly much higher than the statewide average...

Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement

Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement
Here's a quick rundown on today's news roundup.  There's lots of coverage of the Vitale-brokered bond deals that went bad for CPS, plus a Tribune editorial noting that CPS says nearly half of kids are college ready but ACT says only a quarter.  The Sun-Times notes that the law and practice surrounding testing opt outs is unclear in Illinois and nationwide, and DNA Info notes that there are more parochial schools merging on the NW Side.  Oh, and there's an event at the Union League this afternoon to discuss SB16 school funding reform act. Nationally, the Obama Administration is calling on states and districts to do something about unequal distribution of teachers (totally unfair to poor kids), and parents and others in Pennsylvania are suing the state over the funding formula...
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Should Rauner Nix Common Core?

Should Rauner Nix Common Core?
A lot of conservatives and some liberals hate the Common Core -- CTU is dead set against it (though helping teachers get up to speed on it) -- so maybe they'll like it if Gov-elect Rauner pulls the plug on the new standards, as he appeared interested in doing at one point not too long ago.  But what about most of the rest of people in CPS -- would getting rid of Common Core be helpful at this point? Read all about Rauner and the rest of today's CPS-related news below, then tell us what you think Rauner should do...

CTU Formalizes Garcia Endorsement For Mayor

CTU Formalizes Garcia Endorsement For Mayor
Coming off midterm elections in which a Quinn/Vallas vote was more than many members could stomach, CTU voted last night to formalize its surprise endorsement of Chuy Garcia over Bob Fioretti, the presumptive candidate they'd support after Karen Lewis dropped out. (The story was first reported in Substance, and then picked up by the Tribune.) Nationally, teachers unions are saying that Democrats lost, not their candidates in particular, and that reformers are perhaps over-celebrating given their losses in California and a few other places where reform and union candidates went head to head. Plus - lots about what Rauner does next, first, and where his challenges are...

How Will Rauner Affect CPS Most?

How Will Rauner Affect CPS Most?
Big news of the morning is the Rauner victory over Quinn. But that's not all that's going on.  There's internal conflicts within CTU over the Garcia endorsement by Lewis -- ignoring Fioretti.  Plus key election wins and losses in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc.  Read all about it below, and then let us know what the most immediate impact Rauner is going to have on CPS...
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Embattled Charters - For Now

Embattled Charters - For Now
The gist of the two panels I participated in at the INCS statewide conference yesterday was just how embattled the charter movement feels these days -- and may continue to feel even in Bruce Rauner wins the governorship.  Whether charter supporters should feel bad, or will continue to do so, is another question. In some ways, it was an echo of the feeling I got at the recent PIE Network annual summit held here last month, about which I keep meaning to write but haven't yet. Read on for some observations and links, then feel free to share your insights or experiences.  ...