Archive for September 2014

Winkler Is Out (So What?)

Winkler Is Out (So What?)
Lots of news, though none of it massive: Alicia Winkler is leaving CPS (what real impact will that have, I wonder?).  The Board is pulling back its plan for an Obama High School (according to a NYC tabloid).  Ray Elementary is trying again to hire a new principal (FWP alum on the LSC!).  Plus: Lots of comments about Ray Salazar's critique of union leadership, non-educator advocates (who happen to be white), and overwhelming mandates. See it all below, and in previous posts...

Which Is It Going To Be: CTU Or City Hall?

Which Is It Going To Be: CTU Or City Hall?
Emanuel allies are pressuring Lewis to make a decision. Meanwhile, Emanuel and Byrd-Bennett are telling Aramark to get on the ball with cleaning CPS Schools.  Riffing off of yesterday's PDK poll of public opinion on teachers, Chicago teacher Ray Salazar lists 3 reasons people don't trust teachers, and charter school applications were down in DC this year. ...

Janitors, Politics, & Marshall High School

Janitors, Politics, & Marshall High School
Today's news includes more back and forth about the benefits of privatizing school custodial services, while at the same time there are concerns about the removal of the principal at Marshall (and potentially at other troubled schools). A Washington website looks at the impact of the Karen Lewis/Rahm Emanuel mudslinging on national unions and reform efforts...
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Newark Visit, Fired Custodians, & 10th Day Enrollment

Newark Visit, Fired Custodians, & 10th Day Enrollment
Hi, all:  The news of the day includes coverage of Karen Lewis in Newark (where an educator won the mayoral election recently -- but not control of the school system), news of the custodians being fired, and concern at some schools like Goethe where the 10th day attendance projections haven't been met yet (deadline's today!). Plus lots of national news about ed tech and privacy, plus school districts getting tanks from the Pentagon...

Sympathy For The Dyett Dozen?

Sympathy For The Dyett Dozen?
Today's news: Should CPS start later, to help with teen sleep deprivation?  An alderman wants to know. The Dyett Dozen (plus one) speak out to protect their school. There are already 11 cases of EV-D68 -- CPS wants to nip that in the bud. Right to work is being studied and debated in Illinois and elsewhere.  Speaking of elsewhere: In LA, Superintendent Deasy now wants to see his (elected) Board members' emails.  In NY, a judge has combined two different class action lawsuits against teacher job protections...

Rauner's Payton Prep Clout Reversal

Rauner's Payton Prep Clout Reversal
The Republican candidate for Governor has shifted his Payton Prep clout story again. The Uof C has new research showing the benefits of challenging materials (plus orderly classrooms). MRE and B3 aren't interested in delaying school start times.  Elsewhere, NYC mayor De Blasio is being forced to accommodate charter expansion, and LA teachers are asking for an 18 percent raise in the next contract. ...
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Newsweek & Chicago Mag Cover Local High Schools

Newsweek & Chicago Mag Cover Local High Schools
There are two new magazine rankings out -- the Newsweek rankings (which includes a new list for higher-poverty schools that do well) and the Chicago Magazine feature on private high schools as an alternative to selective enrollment, neighborhood, and other CPS schools. What else? A couple of pieces about Karen Lewis, and a few more about a push for universal preschool. A new report showing American teachers are in the classroom more than their counterparts in other nations...

Lewis Kicks $40K Into Mayoral Exploration

Lewis Kicks $40K Into Mayoral Exploration
Today's education news includes some pro/con on the Rauner education plan, the revelation that Karen Lewis has kicked in $40,000 of her own money into a potential run for City Hall, and an oped by a parent urging others to consider not only their own children's well-being but also the larger impacts of staying in the city and sending their kids to CPS schools. Nationally, the NYT is rolling out a new ranking of top colleges that have substantial enrollments of low-income students (Grinnell, Wesleyan are among them)...

Small Chemical Explosion At Simeon

Small Chemical Explosion At Simeon
Latest education news: What's going on with Marine/Ames?  I'm confused. Simeon had a chemistry accident that injured at least one teacher (but not students, reportedly). The Jackie Robinson West (Little League) kids are back from their post-baseball tour.  There may be fewer veteran aides and teachers in Austin than last year, depending on whether they got rehired or not. All this and more below - plus it's the first Monday of the 2014-2015 school year.  Hope it goes well...
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Lewis Disinclined To Step Down Fr. CTU Gig

Lewis Disinclined To Step Down Fr. CTU Gig
Today's big news is that CTU prez Karen Lewis told Catalyst that she doesn't think that she'd have to resign from her job if she ran in order to handle labor negotiations (a question teachers raised in a recent forum). Plus: TFA teachers are more diverse racially than traditional teachers over all (nationally).  Superintendents don't really matter, according to a new report (though they're nice to beat up on). Universal preschool rolled out pretty well in NYC this week. A relative handful of Newark parents boycotted school because the district's new universal choice program didn't work for them (and they hate Cami Anderson)...