Posts in category "Campaigns & Clout"

Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!

Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!
Today's news: The budget is up for approval at today's Board meeting.  The Board wants to move Kenwood Academy into the old Canter MS building. Logan Square network chief John Price has resigned. More news about Karen's Hawaii vacation (and talk about another strike in comments). Plus charters and district schools work together in a Texas district, and some schools are finding the best use of a longer day is more time for teacher collaboration...

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting
Welcome back.  It was another super-violent weekend in some parts of Chicago.  Raise Your Hand dominated coverage of the budget hearings. Lots of folks are excited and scared about a Lewis run against Emanuel. Plus, folks are still digesting WBEZ's story about how kids get sorted out among different high schools. Elsewhere, a NYC-based advocacy group spent nearly $6M in ads against a City Hall charter school co-location plan (and won)...

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In
Uh-oh, this Emanuel-Lewis thing is looking sorta real, now.  Preckwinkle is out. The national press has got ahold of the story. Could be fun messy great awful, right? -- especially if Lewis retains her role as union head while running. Nationally, districts (CPS?) are getting ready to handle an influx of Central American refugee kids, and Deieon Sanders' charter school is in big trouble...
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Teachers Use Clout, Too

Teachers Use Clout, Too
Today's news roundup includes more about a Karen Lewis run for mayor (and just how hard it would be for her to win) and a cringe-inducing story about some IL teachers using clout for certification and licensing.  National news includes the wrap-up of the AFT convention in LA and an interview with the New Yorker writer who got inside one of the Atlanta cheating schools to learn more about the personal and professional motivations...

Karen Lewis In LA

Karen Lewis In LA
And we're back.  Monday's education news includes a few stories about Karen Lewis, more about budget cuts for neighborhood schools, a few others about specific schools (Passages, Lake View High School), and a WBEZ story about arts education inequities. Nationally, the AFT convention is going on, and more Republican governors are reversing course on Common Core...

Rahm Takes School Safety Credit

Rahm Takes School Safety Credit
Today's news includes more about the budget cuts (5 percent) for next year, plus some back and forth about CPS and safety. WBEZ has a summer school/Ventra scandal.  Nationally, a small handful of NYC schools is voting to vary from union rules, and new laws in CA are changing the way schools allocate their existing budgets...
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Stormy Summer!?

Stormy Summer!?
The Reader's Ben Joravsky is very excited about Karen For Mayor. Catalyst has a couple of Comings & Goings (and is going to launch a new morning news roundup next Monday). CPS teens win national performing arts awards. The Sun Times launches a new summer series where teachers weigh in on big challenges. Nationally: LAUSD allows laptops along with iPads into its 1:1 initiative. Gates says fixing education hardest thing he's ever tried, and John White tells the state it'll cost $25M for Louisiana to change Common Core horses at this point...

What I Learned This Weekend

What I Learned This Weekend
Over the weekend, commenters debated Lewis's possible mayoral candidacy, CPS's residency rules, and the "Lazy 11" (who knew?). Today's news includes reaction from CTU on the layoffs, advice from Crain's about a Lewis candidacy, and a new award for a Chopin teacher.  Nationally, the Supreme Court could end mandatory union dues for teachers and other public employees, and Newark superintendent Cami Anderson has been given an extension on her contract...

Ask Vallas About Common Core!

Ask Vallas About Common Core!
Local news includes turnarounds at 3 schools, CTU's concerns about the CPS budget, and Vallas/Rauner comparisons (aren't they running against each other?) Nationally, the big news is that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants the state to get out of the Common Core but he's being resisted by the state education chief (former Chicago TFA head John White)...
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Moderate Rahm, Closing "Savings"?

Moderate Rahm, Closing "Savings"?
Rahm's a policy moderate -- according to Chicago Magazine. CTU slams CPS use of school closing "savings." Hispanics declaring themselves white on census forms. Students protest appointed Newark superintendent. "Common Core" textbooks that aren't really Common Core...