Last Night's Mayoral Debate

Last Night's Mayoral Debate

So apparently education came up at last night’s mayoral debate — did you watch? will it make a difference?  Plus there are some interesting races for City Council (not something you can usually say). Also, CPS isn’t just refusing to administer the Common Core assessment, it’s also refusing to try and get kids’ social media passwords as required under a state anti-cyberbullying rule. Cartoon “Time’s up. Crayons down.” from a recent New Yorker. 


Emanuel goes on the attack in first of five mayoral debates Chicago Sun-Times: … claim that it’s time to rein in TIF subsidies that Emanuel has doled out too generously, eviscerating the tax base of the Chicago Public Schools. See also Tribune.

Grading Rahm: Education WBEZ: Rahm Emanuel made education a focus of his first term as Chicago mayor. Did he pass the test?

Obama once again comes to Rahm’s rescue Reader: As if it weren’t bad enough that President Obama felt compelled to saddle us with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011, he’s doubled down and endorsed him for a second term.

What Makes Chuy Run? Reader: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was born in a Mexican village of 200; now he’s running for mayor in a city of two million…

CTU, Allied Groups Call For Quazzo’s Resignation From Chicago Education Board Progress IL:  Chanting, “Quit, Quazzo. Quit,” about 30 CTU members, parents and organizers with Action Now, the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, More than a Score and other groups picketed outside the offices of GSV Advisors. See also Sun Times.


Democracy For America To Support 7 Progressive Chicago Aldermen Progress IL: The national organization is endorsing and supporting Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition aldermen John Arena (45th), Toni Foulkes (16th), Leslie Hairston (5th), Rick Munoz (22nd), Roderick Sawyer (6th), Nick Sposato (38th), and Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum Hyde Park Herald: She added, “We can’t bring in charters and other schools and give them everything, but not fund our Chicago Public Schools.”

Sun-Times Meegan Questionnaire Second City Teacher: Roosevelt history teacher Tim Meegan who is running for 33rd ward alderman against machinist Deb Mell answered the Sun-Times editorial board questions. His answers punched through the working man’s plight and what is needed to fight the power! However, Deb Mell posters are appearing all over the ward to remind voters who has been king of these parts for a long time – her big daddy Dick Mell.


CPS Won’t Demand Students’ Social Media Passwords Despite New Law DNA Info: A new state law on cyberbullying is giving some school districts the leeway to demand that students surrender passwords to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Chicago Public Schools is resisting the move — taken by some district Downstate — to compel students to surrender passwords, saying its monitoring practices are sufficient. But the new state law is raising concerns with free-speech groups like the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gwendolyn Brooks Grad’s Winning Movie Explores Being Gay and Black DNAinfo: This is second year Scenarios USA has worked with Chicago Public Schools and is in nine schools.

Common Core test spurs angst among educators, parents Chicago Tribune: The testing regimen has sparked debate across the country, rejection of the exams in Chicago Public Schools, and a review from Congress on…


States Are Losing Power Over Classroom Materials, and Districts Are Gaining It State EdWatch: The number of states that exert direct control over districts’ choice of instructional materials through state funding has dipped from roughly 25 to 18 in recent years.

White House Won’t Seek To End 529 College Tax Break NPR: All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class. See also WSJNYT.

Senate Ed. Panel Unlikely to Require Teacher Evaluations in NCLB Overhaul PK12: The lack of teacher-evaluation language in the reauthorization will likely stop in its tracks the Obama administration’s efforts to push states to adopt evaluation systems based in part on student test scores and performance-based compensation systems, both of which were at the heart of U.S. Department of Education’s NCLB waivers.

As numbers of homeless kids rise, resources fall short Marketplace: The number of students experiencing homelessness in the U.S. has increased 85 percent since before the recession, according to Department of Education data. But the resources available to help them have remained flat.

States Move to Make Citizenship Exams a Classroom Aid NYT: Arizona became the first state to require its high school students to pass the test that is given to immigrants who want to become United States citizens.

Football As A Tool In The Hands Of A Master Craftsman NPR: Our 50 Great Teachers series profiles a football coach who’s made academics … and a sense of family … part of his winning strategy.


To protect his son, a father asks Marin County (CA) school to bar unvaccinated children WBEZ: Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission. Now, there’s a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.

A Teacher’s ‘Pinch Me’ Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines NPR: On Sunday, this Massachusetts teacher will be up close with her favorite team — as a cheerleader on the New England Patriots squad.

Relishing A Day to Play Before School Resumes Wednesday WNYC: Plenty of New York City school children made the most of their snow day in textbook fashion, with sledding, snow ball fights and hot chocolate. Schools re-open Wednesday.

Mass. High School Dropout Rate Is Lowest In Decades Boston Learning Lab: Statewide, around 500 fewer students dropped out in the 2013-2014 school year than the year before, bringing the dropout rate to 2 percent. However achievement gaps still persist between students along race and class lines.

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