Rethinking Rahm (3rd Anniversary)

Rethinking Rahm (3rd Anniversary)

Today’s education news: More about principals, lots more about Rahm’s 3rd anniversary.  Some coverage of KJL’s weigh-loss surgery and political prospects. An oped about CTU’s (entirely symbolic) rejection of Common Core. Plus lots of national news and some Chicago folks at the national education writers conference in Nashville (#EWA14).


CPS Principal Soars Chicago Tonight: Lindblom Math & Science Academy Principal Alan Mather has been recognized for his transformation of the West Englewood school by the Golden Apple Foundation. We chat with him about the school’s turnaround and more.

Some Chicago Principals Say Their Voices Are Stifled But Mayor Disagrees District Dossier: In a newspaper op-ed, an elementary school principal takes the unusual step of complaining publicly that the mayor’s administration has stifled principals’ voices.


After third year, some wins, but challenges ahead for Emanuel Tribune: Violence, budget, schools at forefront for mayor There was something missing as Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on the Far Northwest Side in March to offer an explanation on what City Hall was doing about the roads after a winter that “left nothing but potholes and pockmarks throughout the city of Chicago.”

Emanuel’s still strong, but here’s how he could lose in 2015 Crain’s Chicago Business: Any other rival the unions find could lack a lighter, too—and be virtually unknown. But as 2015 approaches, Mr. Emanuel seems combustible.

Damage control?: Rahm Emanuel says he’s going to listen more Chicago Business Journal: Sounding just a smidgen more humble than usual, Emanuel told Crain’s Chicago Business political columnist Greg Hinz in a new interview that he needs “to pull back and listen.”

Rahm Emanuel: ‘Thank God the Election Is Not Today’ NBC Chicago: I’m not saying people are going to like what I did, and I know they’re not, but I couldn’t live with myself.” He acknowledged that public schools’ futures would be a lot rosier if he and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis could manage to make

Emanuel Reflects on Time in Office Chicago Tonight: Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce interviews Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the three-year anniversary of Emanuel’s time in office.


CTU foolish to fight Common Core Chicago Sun Times (opinion): “Teachers are understandably asking for appropriate training and other resources needed to implement the standards and expressing concerns with high stakes decision-making attached to new tests. But the CTU has gone further and called for abandoning these new standards and better tests, with no alternative but to fall back on outdated standards that consistently failed students. It is irresponsible to turn back the clock on raising standards.”

National teachers union leader criticizes Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: Weingarten said she toured a school recently with Chicago Teachers Union head Karen Lewis and concluded that CTU members are feeling “total and complete despair.”

Karen Lewis Confirms Weight-Loss Surgery: ‘I Have No Shame Around It’ NBC Chicago: Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis says she has lost 50 pounds since undergoing weight-loss surgery in March.

CTU’s Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be ‘Contentious’ DNAinfo: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis threatened Monday to throw another round of labor unrest into the midst of next year’s municipal elections, specifically targeting Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


Miami-Dade schools pick Blackboard for communications solution Government Security News:  Blackboard works with some of the largest school districts in the country including the Los Angeles Unified School District and Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago School Board’s ‘turnaround’ decision questioned WLS-TV: Chicago Citizens United to Preserve Public Education filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education and the Chicago Public Schools’ Inspector General.

Education Groups Demand Investigation Into Chicago Board Of Ed’s Ties To… Progress Illinois: “When we look at the recommendation by [CPS CEO] Barbara Byrd-Bennett … [and] look at the way the meeting went the day that they voted, the only alternative was an AUSL turnaround,” she said. Azcoitia recently told the Chicago Sun-Times that he voted…

Obama Library Would Be a $220M Boon To the South Side: U. of C. Report DNA Info: University of Chicago pushes economic impact for the South Side in its bid for Obama Library.


Julian Castro, Noted for Early Ed. Push, Reportedly Picked for Obama Cabinet Post PK12: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who has made education policy a hallmark of his tenure, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to be the new US Secretary of Housing, according to the San Antonio Express News.

Teen Asks Joe Biden To The Prom; VP Sends Her A Corsage Hartford Courant: When Talia Maselli envisioned her perfect prom date, one man immediately sprang to mind: Vice President Joe Biden. “Joe Biden makes me laugh,” Maselli said. “He just cracks me up.”

Michelle Obama to tout success of arts education program in improving student  Minneapolis Star Tribune: Count on singing and dancing, maybe even a few magic tricks, when the curtain goes up Tuesday on the very first White House talent show.

Holder commemorates Brown v. Board decision at Morgan State commencement Baltimore Sun: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told members of Morgan State University’s 2014 graduating class that because of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling 60 years ago that outlawed racially segregated public schools, “your generation will never know a world in which ‘separate but equal’ was the law of the land.”


Tablets proliferate in nation’s classrooms, and take a swipe at the status quo WPost: Social studies students in a District middle school use a touch screen to swipe through the articles of the Constitution. A fifth-grade teacher in Arlington County sends video lessons to students as homework so she can spend more time helping them in class.

Schools Work to Help Transgender Students Fit In ABC News: Law or no law, schools across US work to help transgender students fit in without a fuss.

Low-performing Inglewood, Compton schools try arts-based revamp KPCC: Called Turnaround Arts, the program infuses arts education access into struggling schools by providing musical instruments, art supplies, professional development for teachers and help from arts organizations. It began as a national initiative from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and expands into six new states in the Fall.


What to Watch for During the District’s Teacher Contract Negotiations VOSD: Let’s face it: Contract negotiations between school districts and the teachers union are a drag. There are theatrics, muscle-flexing, flag-waving and shows of solidarity. And that’s just the first 10 minutes of a San Diego Unified school board meeting.

Newark’s New Mayor Demands Return of Schools to Local Control District Dossier: Mayor-elect Ras Baraka also called for the immediate halt to Superintendent Cami Anderson’s plan to close and restructure several low-performing schools.

Teachers protest Gov. Sam Brownback at Kansas Statehouse Teachers and education advocates protested Saturday at the Kansas Statehouse against what they described as Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies attacking public schools.

Preschool For All, A Sliding Scale For Most: The Plan For Pre-K In Seattle Seattle Public Radio: Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess about the recently unveiledproposal to fund universal pre-K in Seattle. The proposal was announced today by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Burgess, and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. If approved by the City Council, the proposal will be forwarded to the November ballot.

Report: Mississippi’s rural schools growing in diversity, poverty Hechinger: Rural schools in Mississippi are growing in enrollment and serving more low-income and minority students than previous years, according to a report released Monday.

No action yet on de Blasio’s community schools plan, but advocates stay hopeful ChalkbeatNY: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to turn 100 schools into full-service community hubs is among his most ambitious education proposals, and a popular one among advocates and educators. But so far it has seen little action.


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  • Headache299
    Rahm’s 3rd Anniversary. Very sweet!

    On May 16, 2011, Rahm Emanuel assumed office as the 55th mayor of Chicago.

    Six months into his term, by November 2011, CPS officially recorded 10,000 enrolled homeless students - a 16% increase from September of 2010.

    Between the 2012-13 school year, under Rahm’s vigilant eye, CPS recorded a whopping 18,699 homeless CPS students – another staggering increase.

    We all know how Rahm loves children!

    According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, “98.3% were children of color and 20% have been diagnosed with disabilities or development delays.”

    Well - not all children does Rahm love!

    According to the Chicago Coalition report of 25 cities, the national average is a 7% increase in homelessness.

    Rahm can brag an 11.4% increase! Go Rahm!

    And I thought they called him Mayor 1%!

    According to Sun-Times writer, Laura Washington, last year, “more than 40,000” Chicago children were homeless.

    I’m not all that good with math, but if Laura is right, isn’t that 30,000 more homeless children than when Rahm took office?

    In his recent Chicago Tonight interview with Rahm, did Phil Ponce ask Mr. Emanuel about any of these staggering year-to-year childhood homelessness increases?

    Again, I’m not all distinguished in math, but 10,000 to 40,000 is a 10,000 increase in new homeless kids per year since Rahm took the Chicago helm!

    But wait! It might be more! Now that I’m using Common Core Standards, I realize that the reported numbers are from 2011 to 2013. That makes it an increase of 15,000 new homeless kids per year since Rahm!

    Whoo! For a second, I was beginning to lose faith!

    You can watch Phil and Rahm on WTTW and see if you can find any questions about the 30,000-surplus since Rahm made children his number one priority.

    June 2014 is approaching. I imagine another childhood homelessness report for academic-year 2013-14 will be out shortly.

    Probably won’t read much about it in the Chicago papers. Hasn’t exactly made headlines on local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, or WTTW. Haven’t heard much on WBEZ, neither.

    Maybe Rahm can, much like the Chicago crime stats, persuade Sup McCarthy to redefine the meaning of ‘childhood’, and ‘homelessness’.

    On the other hand, with this kind of Chicago reporting, he probably won’t need to.

    Maybe Chicago’s growing number of homeless children can snuggle up and share a cot with all those laid off Sun-Times photographers, or maybe just what’s left of actual news.

  • Rahm plays with numbers along with
    Mc Carthy. Nothing has decreased. The city is far worse than it was 3 years ago. Voters need to get smart and give someone else a chance to be mayor.

  • In reply to sammy:

    You can't believe anything Emanuel says. Arrogant liar. He thinks Chicagoans are below him.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Really? It seems to me that Rahm does what he says he will do. That he is carry out the platform and promises he made when running for mayor. Name calling is a lot easier than debating policy under real world conditions and constraints.

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