Lots of news today, at least of the political kind. The Sun-Times is reporting that CTU president Karen Lewis owns all or part of three homes and makes more than $200,000 a year — but at the same time a new Tribune poll says that she and Emanuel are close. Even bigger news (to me, at least), is that UNO is going to get out of the charter school management business. Nationally, Michelle Rhee is stepping down from StudentsFirst and UTLA beat big-money reformers in a school board election — again. What else is going on? Let us know in comments.
3 homes, over $200K in pay for CTU boss Lewis, who may challenge ‘Mayor 1%’ Sun TImes: Chicago Teachers Union boss and potential mayoral challenger Karen Lewis, who has railed against the influence of the wealthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “Mayor 1%,” has three homes, including a condo in Hawaii, and is paid more than $200,000 a year in union salaries, records show.
Karen Lewis Salary, Vacation Homes Called Into Question By Sun-Times Chicagoist: The expose peeking at Lewis’ income and an ownership stake in three homes has critics of the Chicago Teachers Union president shouting, “well look who’s a member of the bourgeoisie!”
Did you read about Karen Lewis, Edward Snowden, and Cubs fans? Chicago Reader: That Karen Lewis has a Hawaii condo, and shares a vacation home in Union Pier with her sister, and has stakes in two time-share homes in Hawaii, and time-shares in New York, Mexico, and Colorado—but she doesn’t “live in luxury” or “hang out with
Chicago Tribune poll: Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis race could be close Chicago Tribune: Chicago voters have grown sharply dissatisfied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job performance and have signaled a willingness to support his most prominent potential challenger, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.
Ombudsman Chicago Set to Open First South Side High School DNAinfo: Ombudsman Chicago, which operates two alternative high schools, is again partnering with Chicago Public Schools to open its first South Side school.
Chicagoans concerned over closed down CPS buildings attracting trouble MyFox Chicago: They’ve got some incredible ideas about usage,” said CEO of CPS Barbara Byrd-Bennett. It’s been almost a year and half since CPS officials announced the closing of 50 schools as part of a plan to eliminate under-utilized schools and reduce a billion …
Chicago Free School preparing to open Hyde Park Herald: Chicago Free School founder Lauren Beitler speaks to an audience at the beginning of this year to promote the school. Her idea has grown from a conversation topic to a 50-student pre-enrolledschool, to be housed at Augustana Lutheran Church.
United Neighborhood Organization no longer managing its 16 charter schools Chicago Tribune: The embattled United Neighborhood Organization will no longer be managing its 16 charter schools at the end of the coming school year.
Teachers union-backed candidate George McKenna elected to Los Angeles Unified school board LA Daily News: The 35,000-member union threw its weight behind McKenna, who was outspent 3 to 1 by Alex Johnson and his supporters, which included a political action committee affiliated with charter schools.
Outspent by rival, McKenna drew on connections in school board victory LA TImes: In this week’s election for a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education, one side had deep pockets and extensive political connections; the other side had people such as Orley Frost Jr.
McKenna victory gives appearance of a pro-teacher union board LA School Report: Since her upset win, board member Monica Ratliff has been held up as the epitome of the David and Goliath-style triumph over big money reform.
With Tueday’s school board loss, charter advocates recalculate KPCC: After Tuesday’s defeat of another of their candidates to the Los Angeles school board, charter school advocates are rethinking how to support local candidates.
Basic Training for Pre-K Teachers WNYC: Warley is a student in a new, tuition-free course at CUNY that churns out pre-kindergarten teachers in 14 months rather than the usual two years. Some 95 aspiring teachers were selected for the program out of about 1,200 applicants in May. Starting next month, they’ll lead pre-k classrooms while continuing classes at night toward a master’s degree.
Why Los Angeles sends failing students on to the next grade Hechinger: Tetention rates hovered around 2.7 percent from 1995 to 2005. After that, the number of students held back actually began to decline, hitting 1.5 percent in 2009.
Police Catch Alligator at Texas School NBC Neews: Law enforcement authorities corner, capture and haul away a large alligator from Rodger and Ellen Beck Junior High School in Katy, Texas. (NBC News)
LAUSD opens doors to young Central American immigrants LA Times: At the low-slung bungalow west of downtown, a youngster screams from a vaccination and a nurse records the height and weight of an older boy. Academic counselors stand by, because it is here that many children who recently crossed the southern border enroll in the Los Angeles Unified School…
Ex-Head of Washington Schools Steps Down at Advocacy Group NYT: Rhee said that it was “time for my next step in life” and that she would focus on her family and support her husband, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, as “he continues to move forward with his career.”
Michelle Rhee drops out of school group Politico: As she prepares to step down as CEO, she leaves a trail of disappointment and disillusionment.
State Attorney General wants two teacher tenure lawsuits to become one Chalkbeat NY: The attorney general’s office writes in the filing that the request was made “to avoid the possibility of conflicting findings” and because the two suits “involve the same legal and factual issues and seek the same relief.” The attorney general’s did not provide further comment.
Obama Administration Unveils New Preschool Grant Program PK12: Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia, which have already won federal grants to bolster their early-learning systems—or have robust early-childhood programs in place—could tap into even more money to improve preschool programs, under a new, $250 million “preschool development” grant competition announced by the Obama administration Wednesday.
120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric The Atlantic Education: In Western countries such as the United States, Germany, and France, there isn’t any evidence whatsoever that the nearly 120 Gülen charter schools in America include Islamic indoctrination in their curriculum. The schools are so secular that singling out the Gülen schools as particularly nefarious, simply for being run predominantly by Muslims, smacks of xenophobia.