A Charter Moratorium For IL?

A Charter Moratorium For IL?

Two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, the big issues between Quinn and Rauner seem to be charter schools and education funding.  Quinn thinks there should be a moratorium on new charters in the state, and argues that he’s increased funding by half a million since 2009.  Rauner opposes a moratorium on charters and claims that Quinn’s budgets have seen education funding drop. Would you support Rauner (or Quinn) based on the charter moratorium idea? Nationally, all eyes are on the California state superintendent’s race, which pits a reform Democrat against a union-allied one, and on LAUSD’s new superintendent of the moment, Ramon Cortines.


Governor hopefuls disagree on charter schools Hilton Head Island Packet: Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner disagree on whether to impose a moratorium on new charter schools in Illinois.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner differ on education fund data Northwest Herald: In two televised debates, Rauner has said money for schools dropped by half a billion dollars under Quinn. In turn, Quinn insists it actually rose nearly $500 million since he assumed office in 2009.

How Bruce Rauner makes money from for-profit schools and worthless degrees Chicago Reader: Rauner is also a stockholder in Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which operates more than 100 campuses around the country, including the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Tinley Park.

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar on Finance, Jobs ABC7: Illinois gubernatorial candidates face off on character and jobs in final televised debate…


Millions pledged to carry out CPS arts program Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools officials are set to announce Tuesday that private donors have pledged $10 million to help implement the district’s plan to bolster arts education.

CPS finds buyer for headquarters Chicago Sun-Times: As employees began moving out Monday, Chicago Public Schools confirmed it has found a buyer for its headquarters at 125 S. Clark Street in a $28 million deal expected to be approved by the Board of Education on Wednesday.

The Three Women Who Are Helping Chicago’s Disadvantaged Students Fast Company: Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district, has received a great deal of attention because of its spike in high school graduation rates.

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey WLS TV: CTU VP Jesse Sharkey updates President Karen Lewis’ condition and speaks on what’s next for the teachers union.

Testing petition Catalyst: Raise Your Hand-Illinois has started an online petition to try to convince the Illinois State Board of Education to put off implementation of the new state standardized test for a year.  So far, the petition has 818 online signatures.


Ebola fear puts family in voluntary quarantine in Rock Island Tribune: A Rock Island family is in voluntary isolation in its home after a relative arrived there from Ebola-stricken Liberia, officials confirmed Monday.

Why Are Helicopter Parents So Intense? Maybe They’re Scared Chicago Magazine: As the nation’s job market places an increasingly high value on skills and a increasingly high price on failure, helicopter parenting is an economic adaptation.


CA Schools chief race may be election’s tightest AP: Tuck has nearly matched Torlakson in campaign fundraising, with $1.9 million, while a Southern California businessman who often supports Republican candidates, William Bloomfield Jr., has independently picked up the tab for at least $900,000 worth of slate mailers and ads on his behalf.

Deasy’s exit reflects other school battles across the U.S. LA Times: Top leaders in some of the largest districts — in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Texas and elsewhere — have come under tremendous pressure: some lost their jobs, one faced a massive teachers strike, and lawsuits have been filed against them, among other things.

New LA schools superintendent won’t use district-paid Deasy as adviser KPCC:  New L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said his improvement plans for the school district’s most pressing problems won’t involve the man who arguably knows the district best: resigned Superintendent John Deasy. “Dr. Deasy did many things well, but I will not be using his services,” Cortines said in an interview with KPCC’s Take Two on Monday.

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents NPR: If you’re a 12th grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you’ve seen four superintendents come and go.

Teacher who flew to Dallas for Common Core seminar put on leave out of Ebola fear The Answer Sheet: A Maine teacher flew to Dallas to attend an educational conference — miles away from the hospital where three cases have been diagnosed — and was told to stay away from the elementary school where she works for 21 days.


A Relentless Campaigner – for Better or Worse Voice of San Diego: Supporters praise Beiser’s responsiveness, his accessibility, his ability to get things done for children. But a competing narrative has emerged during the campaign, one that paints Beiser as a tone-deaf bully whose tireless campaigning can take priority over his classroom duties.

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Wins Temporary Injunction in Contract Dispute District Dossier: While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district’s authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.

In New York, Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma NYT: The new graduation rules would offer a variety of alternative subjects, including language, accounting, humanities or one of 13 vocational assessments.

Overcrowded and Overwhelmed: Inside P.S. 176 WNYC: The century-old building has about 1,400 students, even though the city says it’s supposed to hold 808. The school had to give up every office to create extra classrooms. This means many of the younger grades are in rooms the size of a Manhattan studio apartment.

Schools Closed in Ambush Suspect Search Area ABC News: In the latest possible sighting, a local law enforcement official reported spotting suspect Eric Frein (freen) near the Swiftwater Post Office on Monday, leading to an intensive police search.

Nevada teacher killed in school shooting honored AP: A Nevada middle school teacher has posthumously been awarded a rare Air Force medal for bravery, a year after he was killed while trying to protect children during a schoolyard shooting…


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