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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)...

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"
Today's news:  CPS is changing its school ratings system - again -- at today's Board meeting. Chicago Magazine interviews Jesse Sharkey, the "new Karen Lewis." (How's he doing so far?) Mayor Rahm is launching TV ads. Social justice labor caucuses met in Philly. Nationally, the USDE is investigating a handful of districts over sexual assault allegations (is CPS one of them?), and NYC has rejected school facilities for a couple of charters...

Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?

Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?
The second year of the new rating system is out (how'd the process go this time, and how'd you do?).  Chuy Garcia is ramping up his campaign, with a progressive coalition behind him. Schools near St. Louis may be dismissed or cancelled if and when the decision in Ferguson is released (could be today). Plus RIP, Jane Byrne (remind me again if she had a big role in CPS changes). Nationally, state superintendent turnover is on the rise,districts struggle with how to pick holidays and what to name them, and some privacy advocates are concerned about programs like ClassDojo...
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Are Safe Passages Workers Still There?

Are Safe Passages Workers Still There?
Today's school news includes a WBEZ segment about bringing back truancy officers (and an interview with one former truant officer), plus a Second City Cop blog post about how nobody's supervising Safe Passages anymore (there was a murder near one of the schools a recent afternoon) and the hourly workers aren't around. Also see a couple of articles about choice (charters and parochial) in 2015, plus national news (including an NPR item about former Chicago charter guru John Ayers) and news from other cities...

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...

Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU

Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU
There's supposed to be an update on Karen Lewis this afternoon, but otherwise no news that I can find. Meanwhile, City Hall plans to expand pre-K are getting fleshed out (it's been very popular in NYC, where Mayor de Blasio made it a central campaign pledge). Catalyst has a story about student fees that I'm sure is very good though I think I remember seeing a version in the Sun-Times or Tribune earlier this year (anyone remember?). Check it all out below.  Crossed fingers (and prayers, if that's your thing) for Lewis...
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Want To Be A Fall 2014 Intern / Contributor?

Want To Be A Fall 2014 Intern / Contributor?
As in the past, I’m looking for folks who might want to intern or contribute for District299 this fall. Maybe you’re a journalist in training of some kind — or a teacher in training.  Truth is, you can be a student, parent, teacher, or outside observer.  It doesn’t really matter.  And you don’t have to... Read more »

4 Already Banned from Board Meetings - You Could Be Next!

4 Already Banned from Board Meetings - You Could Be Next!
The Board has banned 4 people from monthly meetings, says DNA. Karen Lewis coverage continues -- including Jay Travis campaign leadership role. It's Kindergarten application time for all yo CPS newbie parents. Arne Duncan declaims Ray Lewis and other NFL players with domestic abuse allegations against them. Plus:  Lots of comments about Parent Power and IL RYH from yesterday, and national news...

Media Shakeup: Tribune Reporter Leaves, WBEZ Reporter Doing NYC Fellowship

Media Shakeup: Tribune Reporter Leaves, WBEZ Reporter Doing NYC Fellowship
The Sun-Times' Lauren Fitzpatrick is back from maternity leave for a while now, but the media coverage of CPS remains in flux as we head into 2014-2015: ...
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Janitors, Politics, & Marshall High School

Janitors, Politics, & Marshall High School
Today's news includes more back and forth about the benefits of privatizing school custodial services, while at the same time there are concerns about the removal of the principal at Marshall (and potentially at other troubled schools). A Washington website looks at the impact of the Karen Lewis/Rahm Emanuel mudslinging on national unions and reform efforts...