Posts in category "Campaigns & Clout"

Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!

Misleading Ads, Formula Winners/Losers, & Campaign 2016!
Just in case it wasn't clear that politicians and campaigns aren't all that different, let's take a look at Chuy Garcia's campaign ad against "private" and "elite" charter schools. (Not that Mayor Rahm hasn't or wouldn't do the same thing given the chance.) In other news, ProgressIL has a list of winners and losers under the new funding formula being proposed for the state. Which is CPS? LAUSD just published the salaries and names of all its employees (which I think is already done in Illinois but WTF?). The NEA kicked off the 2016 Presidential camapaign with a media call with reporters...

Chuy Raises Cash In DC & NYC

Chuy Raises Cash In DC & NYC
Early voting is off to a big start. Chuy went to Washington and NYC to raise cash. A CPS principal is resigning over testing, she says. Unions won a legal round over fair share proposal from Rauner. White parents are much more likely to oppose the Common Core than black and brown ones, says a new poll.  (Richer parents are much more likely to rate their children's education "excellent" rather than good.) Opt-outs aren't spreading to Elgin, reports the Tribune. The NY Times has a story about how reformers with cash are putting the squeeze on Hillary Clinton, urging her to move away from her union allies...

Two Weeks To Go!

Two Weeks To Go!
Today's news roundup includes an update on PARCC testing, news that CPS is selling its first bonds since 2013, conflict at Lincoln Square, and word from Lakeview HS that they're not doing the principal survey.  What else? Or is everyone just holding on for Spring Break and/or obsessed with the looming runoff (two weeks from today)...
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In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm
Welcome back! The political news includes Meeks' turnaround endorsement of Mayor Rahm (he opposed him in 2011), plus the financial downgrade for CPS (again).  In the "other" CPS, CPS Obsessed has threads going on magnets, classicals, and gifteds. Kate Grossman has won a UofC Fellowship. Beth Purvis is making $250,000 working for Rauner. More throughout the day at @district299 or on D299's Facebook page...

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?
It's a hodge-podge of education news today, including more about Dyett High School, "Get Schooled" activities in Chicago, Aurora kids killed in car accident, etc.  Remember that you can check for updates during the day at @district299 on Twitter or on the D299 Facebook page. Sometimes things come in after the roundup -- like yesterday, when I came across a Mike Miner column in The Reader that noted that the April 7 runoff is in the middle of spring break, which could affect turnout and other aspects of the election. (What do you think?)...

Let The Testing Begin!?

Let The Testing Begin!?
Today begins Common Core testing day for Chicago (and week 2 for some other parts of the country), and it's also getting closer to the April runoff election for City Hall.  Meantime, Catalyst takes on dropout recovery programs including some branded with Magic Johnson's name.  Nationally, SXSWedu is happening -- you may know folks who are there or who are following it online.  And charters and unions are facing off in LA and NY...
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Karen Lewis Could Have Won!?

Karen Lewis Could Have Won!?
All eyes are on the runoff, but meanwhile Karen Lewis says she could have won. More states are starting their Common Core testing this week, but CPS is still unclear about what exactly it's going to do -- and what price it might pay. Pedro Martinez gets profiled in the Boston Globe - he's a finalist for the top job. Having been unable to get them changed at the statehouse level, teachers unions are turning to the courts to prevent controversial evaluation measures from being implemented...

Runoffs Galore, Plus Common Core Testing Decision

Runoffs Galore, Plus Common Core Testing Decision
Wow -- impressive. CTU and its allied forced a runoff for City Hall and a bunch of city council seats, and the referendum on an elected school board prevailed by a wide margin.  Meantime, CPS has apparently decided to stick with its plan to "pilot" the new PARCC Common Core assessment rather than administer it citywide as ISBE and USDE demand. Testing starts next week, according to the CBS Chicago story. ...

Election Day (Finally!)

Election Day (Finally!)
Election day -- finally.  Always an interesting day for schools since so many buildings serve as voting sites, but all the more so since CTU and some parent and community groups have generated so much opposition to Rahm (along with some self-inflicted wounds). Last night on social media it was all about the idea of an elected school board -- but will that be enough to force a runoff (and what, really, does a runoff accomplish other than embarrassing the Mayor)?  In other news, Second City Teacher rails against CTU support for a "racist" alderman, and Chicago Magazine's Top 100 listing is out. Nationally, folks are gearing up for a House ESEA reauthorization debate on Friday, and trying to figure out how and why so many black and brown kids are being suspended (at district as well as charter schools)...
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Closed For Cold, Piling On Rauner Budget

Closed For Cold, Piling On Rauner Budget
Today's education news: School's closed (it's cold!). Alternative programs fueling spike in graduation rate may not be high-quality. Everybody hates the Rauner budget -- Rahm and CTU agree for once. Emanuel's winning (Obama's coming). Als0: Los Angeles may be heading towards a Chicago-style teachers strike. All this and more below. ...