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.
RAHM’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY
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 KC.com: 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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