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Catalyst's Karp Going To BGA

Catalyst's Karp Going To BGA
Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp, widely credited with having broken the $20 million SUPES story that has now led to an FBI Investigation and the stepping down of the head of the Chicago school system, is leaving to join the Better Government Association of Chicago. For more on the move, and a few possible explanations for why it took everyone else nearly 2 years to followw up on Karp's story, read below. ...

Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation

Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation
The big news of the day is the Federal investigation of CPS and Byrd-Bennett, and the news that CPS insiders are discussing an interim to replace Byrd-Bennett until the investigation is complete. Then there's financial news related to ISBE, Rauner, and Rahm. Meanwhile, 3 states halted Common Core testing because of computer problems, and New Jersey reported statewide opt-outs ranging from 4 to 15 percent, and Hillary Clinton talked Common Core in Iowa...

Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!

Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!
Today's news roundup: Koch is out at ISBE, says everyone. Rahm endorses Hillary. George Schmidt is upset that Pedro Noguera was invited by CTU to talk about Common Core. Thought Chuy was going to win? Blame Twitter, says the Sun-Times. Nationally, opt-outs are high in some parts of New York but NYC won't give out city numbers.  The Senate education committee is working on an NCLB reboot. ...
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Karen's Coming Back!

Karen's Coming Back!
Big news of the day (week, month?) is that Karen Lewis is coming back to CTU and is already involved in the campaign for Chuy Garcia. There's also some news about various aldermanic races -- a CTU-endorsed candidate in Bridgeport, etc.  Whether it will amount to anything I don't know.  But it makes things more interesting, for which I'm grateful. Some interesting national news includes a small study showing kids eat more/better if lunch is scheduled AFTER recess, and also that schools are increasingly providing dinner along with lunch and breakfast. TGIF! See you in comments, or back here again on Tuesday...

PURE Reboots For 2015

PURE Reboots For 2015
Long-lived nonprofit PURE is attempting a 2015 reboot by going back to its parent training roots and hiring an acting director (Steve Ross). Do you think it will work? Meantime, Springfield lawmakers are apparently going to debate the state funding formula (again). A car hit a South Side CPS crossing guard. CTU is celebrating MLK Day with a big event. When's that first mayoral debate? Plus national news and education updates from other cities...

Rauner Appoints Meeks To ISBE

Rauner Appoints Meeks To ISBE
Welcome back.  Today's news roundup includes coverage of Meeks' appointment to ISBE (you may remember him for trying to register CPS kids in Winnetka a few years ago), and more about Emanuel's second-term agenda. There's also news about a group of women running for alderman who are close to CTU. Groups in DC are arguing over NCLB's annual reading and math testing requirement - conservatives and liberals seem to be lining up against the requirement, but education and civil rights groups and special education advocates don't want to jettison the rule...
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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. Photo credit: Chris Strong....

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...