How Will Rauner Affect CPS Most?

How Will Rauner Affect CPS Most?

Big news of the morning is the Rauner victory over Quinn. But that’s not all that’s going on.  There’s internal conflicts within CTU over the Garcia endorsement by Lewis — ignoring Fioretti.  Plus key election wins and losses in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc.  Read all about it below, and then let us know what the most immediate impact Rauner is going to have on CPS.



Bruce Rauner, political rookie, rises to claim governorship Tribune: As the first Republican to claim victory in an Illinois governor election in 16 years, Bruce Rauner is poised to  fulfill at least one of his campaign promises — shaking up Springfield.

With Rauner’s victory, voters get change they sought Sun Times: It looks like Illinois voters are finally going to get that “change” thing they’ve been wanting all these years with Tuesday’s election of Republican Bruce Rauner. I hope the majority is correct in its calculation these will be positive changes. If nothing else, I can certainly predict this next year in Springfield should be the most interesting in my adult lifetime as the wealthy businessman completes his hostile takeover of state government.

High school students play Election Day role WBEZ Chicago:Rahman is one of about 50 Stevenson students serving as an election judge this year. Across the Chicago region, about 2,000 students are working as election judges. In Chicago, the Chicago Board of Elections and Mikva Challenge have teamed up for the past 15 years to get students working as judges.This year, nearly 1,500 students will work at city precincts.


Critics Call Emanuel’s Pre-K Program ‘Privatizing Head Start’ Chicagoist: Last month Emanuel proposed expanding Chicago Public Schools’ Child-Parent Center preschool program by 2,618 children over the next four years through the use of a pay-for-performance financing plan called “social impact bonds.”


Fiorettio snub prompts growing outrage in CTU Substance News: Even those union members who might have considered a honest plea on behalf of the Garcia campaign [endorsed by Karen Lewis] were angered by the way in which the night was handled.


Celebrating 25 years: 1990-2015 Catalyst: Catalyst founder and publisher Linda Lenz, then a Chicago Sun-Times reporter, was there for all of it and then launched the country’s first professional news publication focused on a school system. We will celebrate that and more in Education: Then, Now, Next. Celebrating 25 years of Catalyst Chicago. Here is a preview.


The most dangerous block in Chicago? A stretch of South King Drive where a young Michelle Obama once lived Sun Times: They call it “O Block.” It’s a notorious stretch of South Side real estate, including the sprawling Parkway Gardens apartment complex, known for violence. Nineteen people were shot on O Block — the 6400 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive — between June 2011 and June 2014, making it the most dangerous block in Chicago over that period, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis found.


Torlakson wins superintendent race EdSource Today: Tom Torlakson has won a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. The 65-year-old incumbent defeated Marshall Tuck 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting. See also: Torlakson declares victory over Tuck for California schools chief SacBee.

NEA’s and AFT’s Awful Election Day Dropout Nation: In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker won a second term over Mary Burke … In Michigan, Rick Snyder beat the NEA- and AFT-backed Mark Schauer by a four-point margin. Then there is Rhode Island, where State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won a first term as governor in spite of opposition from the NEA earlier this year… And let’s not forget Bruce Rauner, the private-equity fund boss who defeated incumbent Illinois Gov.


Rocketship wins green light for its first charter school in D.C. WashPost: The D.C. Public Charter School Board gave full approval Monday night for Rocketship Education, a California-based charter operator, to open its first school in the District in 2016.

Philadelphia Schools: Another Year, Another Budget Crisis NPR: The city’s public schools have lurched from one crisis to the next. The latest: canceling the contract with the teachers’ union. Just about everyone worries that there’s no long-term fix in sight.

Teen Admits to Planning School Attack NBC News: Maryland police are charging a 16-year-old boy as an adult after he admitted to planning to attack his school using a handgun and explosives. WBAL’s Lisa Robinson reports.

Pre-K Teacher Salaries Fall Short of De Blasio’s Promise WNYC: At the time, he said certified teachers would earn $44,000 a year and if they had a master’s degree they could get an annual salary of $50,000. But they are not the salary figures teachers and pre-k directors shared with WNYC in recent interviews.


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  • I guarantee Rauner will work with Rahm to outlaw teacher strikes in IL and this work to Rahm's advantage in the mayoral election.

    Teacher strikes, without consequences, provide union officials an edge at the bargaining table to leverage-using children as pawns-compensation packages that school districts can no longer afford. Under the current system, working families are punished first during the strike as they must find childcare, with little or no notice, for an unknown time, and will be further inconvenienced by make-up exams and a late school year. And if the school board approves a more generous contract, parents likely will be hit again with higher property taxes.

    Only 12 states allow their public school teachers to strike. They are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

    Wisconsin became the most recent state to prohibit teacher strikes, and fine school employees who do go on strike.

    Allowing government employees to strike makes little sense. While parents would face legal ramifications if they prevented their child from attending classes for weeks, teachers can interrupt classes in order to negotiate taxpayer-funded compensation packages.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I agree that Mr. Rauner will move to attempt to prohibit not just teachers but all public sector workers to strike under any condition. Once the IL Supreme Court strikes down the SB 1 pension legislation and the crisis is at hand Rauner may try to go even further by trying to pass legislation similar but softer than what was passed in Wisconsin that banned collective bargaining among most public employees in the state. That larger legislation will likely will fail, a strike ban is slightly more possible to pass the General Assembly.

    As the crisis grows Governor Rauner will return again and again to a Wisconsin type solution. The basic Republican strategy is to convince the public that the only solution to the on going fiscal crisis of state government, that does not require increased taxes, is to reduce the total compensation for public sector employees. The future outlook for public sector workers in Illinois is not bright.

    Rod Estvan

  • Teachers Unions Take Huge Beating in IL & elsewhere, notes Politico Pro But Common Core oppo looms in AZ, GA

  • What Illinois can expect from Bruce Rauner | The Chicago Reporter

  • tons of other non-CPS education election tweets at @alexanderrusso, if you're curious about what's going on in other places (minneapolis, jefferson parish, santa clara county) or nationally.

  • Sadly politicians (particularly white ones) have little or no understanding of the needs of inner-city education being that their own children don't attend those left-behind schools so it stands to reason that they would short change them being that these children are raised mostly by single mothers who they believe are more concerned about their weave and welfare benefits (those that still have them for now) so why not dump 'em all into the collective charter pot chok-ful of miscreants (ages 17 to early 20's)
    and see what kind of model citizen we'll get god save me from white liberal guilt it's the sort of thing that would malign our first lady for being just but a babe when she lived in Parkway Gardens which is where she once lived but not what she lives for such sensationalism in a major newspaper is shameful and smacks of sensationalism for the sake of sensationalism Rauner could share a pigfoot with Jesse Jackson and I STILL wouldn't vote for him he's an unctuous demagogue and he'd be that no matter what his color (which by the way is green).

  • Teacher strikes will be a thing of the past and replaced by binding arbitration in the very near future. Right now, if there's a teacher's strike, the teachers have the upper hand as they'll be paid sooner or later for the days missed due to the strike.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    True, the students and parents are the ones who get screwed with a teacher strike. Scrambling for child care, extending the school year into the summer and fewer teachers in the long run because higher salaries result in more teacher layoffs.

  • Let's not forget in the last CTU strike to make up for the lost school days due to the strike, the following happened:

    1. Winter Break was shortened by two days and school was in session the last Thursday and Friday of their original break.

    2. Two or three school holidays were canceled.

    3. The school year went longer into June.

    4. Spring Break week was moved to another week.

    Most of these changes forced many families to change travel plans.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I did feel sorry for families scrambling to find child care during the last strike in which I participated. I did not and never will feel sorry for families who were foolish enough to make travel plans 9 months in advance (or more) when they knew school would be extended or was likely to be extended. That's just plain stupidity.

  • Really?? Stupidity of people arranging a vacation 9 months ahead of time? That's the same arrogance CPS teachers had going in and coming out of the strike. What did you guys win or accomplish? The only thing which stands out to me is you got long and short disability. Seriously, what did CPS teachers get out of the strike besides ticking off Rahm?

    How did the parents know there was going to be a strike 9 months ahead of time?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You got it backwards. The strike in September wouldn't have affected any 2012 vacations- if anything it could have extended vacations. The "issue" is for people who scheduled vacations at the END of the 2012-2013 school year in June the week after school let out who then had the year extended by a few days.

    This IS actually pretty dumb thing to do as evidenced by last year when the school year was extended due to cold/snow days. There is a reason why the CPS calendar has make-up days scheduled at the end of the year in June. School years have to be extended from time to time. Whether it is because of a strike, cold weather, snow, flooding, tornado, meteor strike, terrorist attack, or martian invasion it is wise to give yourself a week or two cushion at the end of the year before you plan that trip to Grandma's.

  • You got a pay raise which turned out to be a pay cut if you factored in a longer school day and year.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Actually you have it backwards. Teachers short changed the students with a short day and no recess for decades. The longer day and year are just getting things back to where they should have been all along.

    Do not think parents will be as sympathetic to teachers when you strike this time. You are not taking the 3 or 4% increase built into the one year extension. Why?

  • We did not choose the hours. CPS did that due to student safety in unmonitored homes-going home for lunch can be dangerous. Hard to have recess when the bullets are flying.

    Why is it that the Catholic Schools/other private schools have the same hours or less and the same number of days or less of school and no one complains?

    I do believe Rahm has many trolls/payroll patronage minions on this site-the anti-CPS teacher rhetoric is rampant.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Not accurate. CTU was complicit in the shortening of the day. Schedules could have been created to cover lunch, as is done now. Students were robbed of recess. It is no wonder that discipline and obesity ensued over the past 30 years that recess was denied. Plus, teachers shut down parents time after time when parents tried to change to the schedule that put lunch for teachers during the day.

    Why don't people complain about private or catholic hours? My guess is there is not a 50% drop out rate by the time the students reach HS.

    Lastly, not a troll. I am a CPS parent. Do not assume everyone who disagrees with you is a troll.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    It always amazes me how parents who dislike CPS so much and disagree with so much of it continue to send their children to CPS schools. Its comparable to having a babysitter you think is awful, but continuing to employ her. I personally found CPS teachers to generally be excellent, but the system was so bad, I had to escape as both a parent and an employee. I thank my lucky stars each and every day that was possible.

  • Isn't it true that discipline problems and accidents have increased due to the lack of certified supervison during recess?

    Of course, Catholic and private schools would not have a 50% drop out rate because those rare students would be sent to CPS and would then count as part of our drop out rate! I would imagine that parents who can afford to pay $10,000 plus per year for a private high school would make sure that their child would have all of the support to ensure that the child would not drop out.

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