Big news of the day (via Crain’s Greg Hinz) is that the Feds are threatening $1.2 billion in education funding over the CPS refusal to give the Common Core test this spring. Who knew? Plus yesterday’s Board meeting coverage (about Quazzo, mostly), and lots of unions other than CTU coming out for Rahm (but he’s still going to have to go through a runoff, says the Tribune).
COMMON CORE HOLDOUT
Feds rattle $1.2 billion saber at CPS over lack of testing Crain’s Chicago Business: The matter was discussed at length at last week’s state board meeting, and it’s being discussed today by officials at the Chicago Board of Education, which so far has backed the limited-test decision by Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Tribune poll: Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads challengers but may face runoff Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel still has a ways to go to persuade city voters to give him a second term next month and allow him to avoid a politically risky runoff contest in April, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.
Elect the Chicago school board? Chicago Tribune: It would be too narrow a focus to say that this mayoral election is a referendum on Chicago Public Schools. There are many other issues. But as we saw in our mayoral debate, there are sharp differences between these candidates on the direction of public
Deb Mell Takes Heat For Family Ties At 33rd Ward Candidate Forum Progress IL: At the packed candidate forum held at Newton Bateman Elementary School, Mell touted a number of accomplishments in her 18 months as alderman, including efforts around affordable housing, cracking down on “absentee” landlords, making the ward office more accessible and voting to raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2019.
Quazzo faces critics while colleagues rush to her defense Chicago Sun-Times – Breaking News: “Mr. President, I don’t know how appropriate this is but I would like to thank Deborah Quazzo, board member, for two things, one for spending so much time in our schools, visiting our schools,” Byrd-Bennett said.
Chuy Chides CPS Board of Education Over Bias Suit DNAinfo: Board members Andrea Zopp and Henry Bienen also stated their support for Quazzo, as did CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett. See also Tribune: Mayoral candidate: CPS should drop fight over discrimination lawsuit.
OTHER UNIONS BACK RAHM
Sneed exclusive: Rahm endorsed by 15 labor unions Chicago Sun-Times: The pinch: It is also intended as a thwack at mayoral opponent Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who has been endorsed by the nearly 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union, led by Karen Lewis — who once coveted Emanuel’s job.
Rahm Emanuel Is a Union-buster. So Why Are Chicago Unions Backing Him?
In These Times: When Rahm Emanuel strode into office as mayor of Chicago in 2011, one of his first targets was the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). He sought and obtained state legislation limiting the right of Chicago teachers to strike.
Karen Lewis on mayor’s race, illness and willingness ‘to work as hard as I can’ Chicago Sun-Times: She also has a new governor to meet, one who likes charter schools more than labor unions, and a new standardized test to fight alongside CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. And on Monday, she’ll address the City Club of Chicago.
The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters Washington Post: The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that…
Nation’s per-pupil K-12 funding fell for second consecutive year in 2012 Washington Post: After more than a decade of increases in per-pupil funding for K-12 public schools, the nation’s per-pupil spending dropped in 2012 for the second year in a row, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. See also HuffPost: Here Are The States That Spend The Most On Public School Students.
Number of US children living on food stamps nearly doubles since 2007 The Guardian: Census bureau finds about 16 million – or one in five – US children lived in families that received food stamps in 2014.
Obama’s Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013 NPR: The across-the-board spending cuts made in 2013, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan. See also Politico’s: How Democrats killed Obamas college savings plan.
Carnegie Foundation Looks Beyond Education’s Stress on the Credit Hour WSJ: In recent years, some education experts have pointed to the Carnegie Unit as a barrier to innovation, as many state and federal policies monitor schools by the amount of time students are being instructed, rather than how much they are actually learning. “We have concluded that American education’s reliance on the Carnegie Unit is indeed an impediment to some of the solutions sought by today’s reformers,” the foundation’s report said.
Can a text message help bridge the ‘word gap’ for low income children? PBS NewsHour: Ready4K! sends parents of preschoolers in a low-income San Francisco school district weekly tips via text message on how to improve their children’s literacy. The initiative is designed to fit within the lives of families, rather than adding yet another burden.
MoCo Schools Superintendent Could Be Let Go This Year WAMU: The county board of education is unlikely to renew Starr’s contract, which is up in June, according to the Washington Post. See also Washington Post: Montgomery schools chief may face uphill battle on board.
Gov. Cuomo’s big fix for evaluations bucks national trend ChalkbeatNY: In Washington, D.C., state test scores dropped from 50 to 35 percent of evaluations two years ago. In Wisconsin, teachers have been given broad discretion in choosing how student performance was factored into their evaluations.
Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case EdSource Today: Attorneys for teachers who are challenging the right of the California Teachers Association to force them to pay union dues petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to hear their case this year. There’s a good chance that it will
Arkansas: State Will Take Over Little Rock Schools NYT: The state Board of Education voted, 5 to 4, on Wednesday to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark tests.
Sick Child’s Father Seeks Vaccination Requirement in California NYT: Carl Krawitt, of Marin County, argued that parents who refused to have their children vaccinated against diseases like measles were putting his son at risk.
Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First WNYC: Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. Similar bills are being proposed in as many as 18 states.
Virginia Schools May Not Be Graded From ‘A’ To ‘F’ After All WAMU: Lawmakers in Richmond, Va., are moving forward with an effort to spike a system that would have issued a grade to each school.
Beverly Hills High principal to retire amid conflict KPCC: The principal of Beverly Hills High School says he will step down, a year after suing the school district alleging racial discrimination.