National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU

National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU

Halloween Friday roundup:  CTU not endorsing any individual candidate but still trying to influence the race.  Meantime, the AFT national may not fund the race now that Lewis is out. More immediately, ISBE released new report card information, and there are lots of stories about the results (nothing CPS-specific yet).  Nationally, 100K teachers and parents signed the AFT petition against TIME’s magazine cover, and Indianapolis is canceling a teacher-led turnaround plan.


Opinion: Will Karen Be A Kingmaker? NBC Chicago: As president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Lewis was at the forefront of a number of critical battles in Chicago: education policy, pension funding, poverty and social justice.

THE BEN & JESSE SHOW Klonsky: Ben Joravsky had lots of good questions for acting CTU Pres. Jesse Sharkey at last night’s Take Back Chicagoevent, organized by Parents 4 Teachers. Sharkey didn’t speak directly to the union’s endorsement in the upcoming mayor’s race, but made his feelings clear that the more progressive candidates in the race, the better chance of forcing Rahm into a run-off. Sharkey also made clear the union’s support for a host of candidates running in ward elections and optimistically predicted an end to Rahm’s super-majority in the City Council. He also predicted success for an elected-school-board initiative ultimately getting on the ballot.

Union election spending Catalyst: Now that Lewis  isn’t running, will the AFT — a staunch critic of Emanuel’s education agenda —  be involved in the mayoral election at all? That has yet to be decided. On Tuesday, the AFT’s Randi Weingarten issued a statement saying the initial commitment was to Lewis as a “union sister.” “As Karen has decided not to run, we will have to re-evaluate based on many factors – as we do across the nation — starting with conversations with our local affiliates in Chicago,” she says.


State releases school test scores, other new data WBEZ: Scores released today by the Illinois State Board of Education show the percentage of grammar school children considered proficient in reading dipped to 56.8 percent from 58.5 percent, while the percentage of students meeting state standards in math inched up to 58.9 percent from 57.9 percent. Statewide, 66.3 percent of high school graduates are enrolled in college within 12 months of graduation and overall, 85.6 percent of teachers stayed teaching in the same school they taught in last year. A school-by-school breakdown is available at

Most public school students aren’t prepared for college work, data show Chicago Tribune: Several dozen low-performing Chicago public schools also had below-average college-going rates, but the district’s selective-enrollment schools had some of the highest rates in the state.

Illinois Report Card Shows Increase In Low-Income Students WNIJ and WNIU: Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for. Low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in Illinois public schools.

‘Welcoming schools’ progress a mixed bag at best Chicago Sun-Times: In 2013, when a historic number of Chicago Public Schools were closed, the district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised that every child whose school had been shuttered would end up in a better place.

Chicago dominates top of state list with elite schools, with a catch Chicago Sun-Times: He said in an email that “Chicago Public schools is working on a comprehensive high school strategy to improve all high schools and is making ..


CPS wants to delay new standardized exam; state’s answer is still ‘No’ Chicago Sun-Times: The district’s schools “are simply not ready for the full-scale implementation of the test” and “the testing demands on students and burdens on teachers and principal … will be overwhelming,” CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett wrote to the state board in June.

Dyett supporters vow to fight for “green tech” plan Catalyst: The announcement last week that CPS reversed course and now plans to reopen Dyett High, set to close at the end of the school year, was a hard-won battle for community activists. But the war is not over.


Schools chief race most expensive statewide race EdSource Today: The battle for California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the Governor’s race by three times, and it is also the most expensive State Superintendent race in at least 12 years.

Parents, Teachers Deliver Over 100,000 Signatures To Time Magazine Demanding Apology HuffPost: Teachers, parents and union leaders gathered in front of Time magazine headquarters on Thursday to protest the publication’s latest cover. According to a press release from the American Federation of Teachers, the cover (pictured below) depicts teachers as “‘rotten apples’ needing to be smashed by Silicon Valley millionaires with no experience in education.”

Cheating concerns force delay in SAT scores for South Koreans and Chinese Washington Post: The nature and extent of the alleged security breach were unclear Thursday because the College Board and its contractor, the Educational Testing Service, revealed few details about the unfolding investigation. But the score-reporting delay could affect thousands of students seeking admission to U.S. colleges as November deadlines loom for early applications.

A simple way to help poor kids succeed: make sure they actually go to school Vox: Here’s a deceptively simple way to close part of the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students: make sure that poor students are in school as much as their richer peers.

For toddlers, it’s the quality of the screen time that matters, study reveals PBS NewsHour: A new study gives parents a guide on how to let their children interact with screens like TVs and tablets. One of the keys: when kids are using devices, parents should be active participants.

50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching NPR: Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?

New Federal Standard for Aid to For-Profit Colleges Draws Criticism NYT: The gainful employment provision sets a rule based on the percentage of a program graduate’s income that can be used for loan payments.

How To Recognize Warning Signs Of School Shootings Seattle Public Radio: Marcie Sillman hears from sociologist Katherine Newman, author of “Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings,” about how communities can help students to recognize and report warning signs of a potential school shooting.


Boston Mayor Menino, Who Helped Transform City’s Schools, Dies at 71 District Dossier: Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city’s schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.

Indianapolis Cancels Teacher-Led School Turnaround Contract TeacherBeat: A turnaround strategy using cohorts of teacher-leaders won’t be used in Indianapolis.

LA Schools’ Technology Expansion Loses Its Biggest Advocate KPCC: With the resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, the future of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s troubled iPad program is even more uncertain.

NYS Schools Are Barring Immigrant Students WNYC: “It’s shocking that the SED has not acted sooner or more decisively to guarantee the right of all New York children to an education.”

New York City Comptroller to Audit Success Academy Charter Network NYT: Scott M. Stringer’s office said it had begun an examination of the “financial and operating practices” of Eva S. Moskowitz’s 32-school network and three other institutions. See also ChalkbeatNYChalkbeatNY



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