Why WBEZ Didn't Run That "Chuy" Segment

Why WBEZ Didn't Run That "Chuy" Segment
Today's mishmash of news coverage has no particular pattern or meaning.  I think everyone's still trying to get back settled into school and recovering from the runoff. The one tiny bit of notable news is that NPR is pulling its branding off of that Latinos USA piece on Chuy that aired a few days before the election day (but not in Chicago because WBEZ thought it wasn't up to standards journalistically). Meanwhile, testing is ramping up in New York and the Senate is trying to mark up a new version of NCLB in DC...

Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)

Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)
Welcome back! Everyone's still talking about last week's runoff election and what (if anything) it means for education. Meantime, there's a new documentary about homeless high school kids in Chicago, a new contract for City Hall critic principal LaRaviere. Nationally, it's testing week for New York, and the Atlanta educators are to be sentenced this morning...

Rahm Calls Karen (Finally)

Rahm Calls Karen (Finally)
So Rahm finally picked up the phone and called Karen Lewis, and both of them seemed very pleased to let everybody know about it. Meanwhile, folks are divided about Spike Lee's new project, Chiraq, which will focus on violence and safety. Nationally, Florida is rolling back some of its testing and New York is going to join DC and Toledo in having outsiders help evaluate teachers...
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School Advocates Reflect On The Runoff

School Advocates Reflect On The Runoff
How did Rahm eke out a victory? What mistakes did Chuy make to let things slip away? There's lots of post-election commentary and analysis out there, some of it (Klonsky, Utrecht) refreshingly candid.  There's also a lot of spin. Of course, none of it matters unless some things change going forward. Check it all out below, and see you on Twitter at @district299 and also Facebook...

Rahm Wins, Faces Daunting CPS Challenges

Rahm Wins, Faces Daunting CPS Challenges
So Rahm won last night and that's great or awful depending on whom you talk to (anyone have the breakdown for CPS parents?). Either way you see it, there are some big challenges ahead in terms of budgets, and nobody really knows whether the runoff results will change things when it comes to the contract negotiations or other school-related issues...

Spring Break Runoff Election Day

Spring Break Runoff Election Day
There's not much news other than election news, but then again the election is in some large part about education so there's that. Too bad schools aren't in session so that folks can peek in at what a school looks like normally when they vote (if they vote at a school). And too bad in some sense that it doesn't look like Chuy is going to win (or at least that's what I'm being told). It would have been interesting to see what he would have done as a leader rather than as a campaigner. Or maybe we'll all be surprised (again) and Rahm will be out...
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One More Day (But You're On Spring Break)

One More Day (But You're On Spring Break)
One more day until the election is over, and many of us can't wait. Then again, many of us are on break, or dealing with kids who are on break.  So there's that. Read below for some interesting pieces on the union split over Chuy, the runoff campaign contrasts with the first one. There's also some interesting updates about Common Core testing -- remember that? -- and other national news. ...

Good Friday CPS Update

Good Friday CPS Update
It’s Good Friday and nobody’s paying attention but I’m going to do some updating via via Twitter posts, which go to Twitter (@district299) and the District 299 Facebook Page).  So you should check over there for the latest CPS news and opinion. Let me know in comments or on Twitter or at district299@gmail.com if I’m missing... Read more »

A School Year Swallowed By An Election

A School Year Swallowed By An Election
Today's news: AFT president Randi Weingarten spoke at the City Club yesterday (Karen Lewis was there!). Reactions to Phil Ponce's gang questions during the WTTW debate have been loud and strong. The BGA is suing a charter network for not responding to a FOIA request. It feels like the whole year has been consumed by the City Hall campaign. Kids were going to school and getting taught, right? Image via ...
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You Can Make It!

You Can Make It!
Three days until Spring Break.  Less than a week until Election Day, including both the top race and two educator-candidates for alderman. The Tribune says Rahm is way ahead, but CTU/Robin Lake say it's too close to call. Vacant schools are still going unused, by and large, reports Catalyst.Meanwhile, nationally, there's a new teacher evaluation system in NY state, and 5 early bird waivers from NCLB from EdSec Duncan...