Duncan Visit, Rahm Replacement

Duncan  Visit, Rahm Replacement

And we’re back.  Today’s news: Duncan’s visit to Wheeling, anyone but Rahm, safety and violence, plus CTU spokesperson’s move to Gov. Quinn’s office (and CORE meeting today). Also, be sure to see weekend comments about charters, Common Core, and national news scroll to the bottom.


Small is big at new nanotechnology lab in Wheeling WBEZ: Wheeling High School officials say their nanotechnology lab is the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school. Teacher Nancy Heintz says the lab’s high-powered microscopes can drill down to the nano level. How small is that? Think of the Lincoln Memorial on the back side of a penny, she says.

Duncan inspired, amazed by Wheeling High School lab Chicago Daily Herald: After visiting Wheeling High School’s new nano technology laboratory Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he wants to figure out how to replicate the program at schools across the country.


Rahm foes seek challenger, but who? Chicago Sun-Times: CTU President Karen Lewis? She is formidable in many ways, a national folk hero in the union movement, and fearless. But Lewis can be even more combustible than her archenemy, and has no government experience.

The anyone-but-Rahm crowd throws a rally! Reader: On Tuesday the Grassroots Collaborative threw a big rally at the UIC Forum that was attended by 2,000 or so roaring, red-blooded, Rahm-hating activists! So of course I had to be there.

Kids at Overcrowded NW Side Elementary Study in Bathrooms and Hallways  DNAI: Please to address the situation at Hitch Elementary have gone unanswered by CPS, critics say.

Fed up CPS parents make a TIF dent Sun Times: Fed up Chicago Public Schools parents who demanded every penny of the city’s TIF surplus to reverse major budget cuts this year aren’t getting their wish. But their push has clearly paid off. Over two years, CPS is on tap to get as much as $74 million.


Daley Academy students illustrate effects of gun violence WBEZ: This week, Daley Academy hosted a special art show in partnership with the Illinois Coalition against Handgun Violence. WBEZ Reporter Lauren Chooljian visited the one-day-only exhibit, where a group of 25 seventh graders stood proudly behind their works, done in marker and ink, and all inspired by gun violence.

Slain ex-Simeon football star memorialized Sun Times: Hundreds of mourners, including a who’s who of Simeon football, filled a church in Harvey on Saturday for the funeral of Demarius Reed, a former Wolverines star receiver who was killed in an apparent robbery Oct. 18 in Ypsilanti, Mich.

H.S. student charged with threatening classmate on Facebook CLTV: Prosecutors say 19-year-old Thomas Braasch posted a message on Facebook last week, telling the classmate he would kill him the next day at Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Braasch did not have a weapon when school security stopped him Thursday.


Kids at Overcrowded NW Side Elementary Study in Bathrooms and Hallways  DNAI: Please to address the situation at Hitch Elementary have gone unanswered by CPS, critics say.

 Trice: Artist carves new life into old CPS furniture Tribune: Since the closing of about 50 schools in the Chicago Public Schools system, hundreds of desks, tables and chairs have been sidelined. Ordinarily, many of them would have been destined for landfills or turned into mulch. But Chicago artist and master…

Editorial: UNO under the microscope Tribune: The United Neighborhood Organization operates an excellent Chicago charter school network with a predominantly Hispanic student population. For the past year, however, the politically connected group has grabbed headlines for another reason: a growing…

Quinn hires fiery CTU spokesperson The Capitol Fax Blog: Stephanie Gadlin will leave the Chicago Teachers Union where she served as spokesman to become the Senior Communications Manager for the governor’s office.



Rumors reach fever pitch but LA Schools superintendent Deasy denies he’s resigned KPCC: Within a few hours, the L.A. Times published an updated article, including Deasy’s denials. Still, the reports quickly rippled through education circles. Warren Fletcher, head of United Teachers Los Angeles and one of Deasy’s biggest critics, gave numerous interviews and put out a statement celebrating the news.

Obama, at Brooklyn School, Pushes Education Agenda NYT: The president went to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, which he mentioned in his State of the Union address this year, to talk about education.

New York State Seeks to Scale Back Student Testing NYT:  Critics say that the state’s plan is not aggressive enough, and that too many schools rely too heavily on test scores.

Is The SAT Creating A Generation Of Bad Writers? NPR:  Want to do well on the essay portion of the SAT? Just make it up! Scott Simon speaks to English professor Anne Ruggles Gere of the University of Michigan who says that the college entrance exam is turning out a generation of bad writers who are fast and loose with the facts.

A School’s iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism NPR: Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.


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