Acceptance Letters, Possible Strike

Acceptance Letters, Possible Strike

The big news of the day for some parents is that selective enrollment letters are coming out this Friday. For the rest of us, it’s probably the news that Chuy Garcia says a strike is likely if Rahm is re-elected (which polls say is increasingly likely), that the Rauner budget might include a school funding increase, and that Illinois is thinking about tightening vaccination requirements for teachers as well as kids. All of this and more is below, and throughout the day at @district299 and on Facebook.


CPS Reverses Field, Says Selective-Enrollment High School OKs Out Friday DNAinfo: Critics accuse Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett of playing politics in delaying acceptance and rejection letters going to students applying to selective-enrollment high schools.

CPS high school acceptance letters to go out on Friday after all Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools warned some high schools last week that acceptance letters into special programs and schools might go out a little later than the promised Feb. 20 mailing date.

High School Acceptances 2015 CPS Obsessed: Best of luck to everyone in finding the school that is the best fit for their child, whether that is SEHS, magnet, neighborhood, charter, private, or high school homeschooling (AGH.) Letters are due to mail out by this Friday 2/17 which means some people *may* see mail on Saturday, but most likely Monday.


Garcia suggests teachers will strike again if Emanuel re-elected Chicago Tribune: Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Feb. 17, 2015, that he expects teachers to strike again if Rahm Emanuel is re-elected. Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Feb. 17, 2015, that he expects teachers to strike again if Rahm Emanuel is re-elected. See also NYT: Rahm Emanuel’s Campaign Worries How He Will Fare With Black Voters

As education rises in mayoral politics, teachers organize National teachers’ union president Randi Weingarten, who spent significant time in Philadelphia last fall, hailed PFT’s “incredible political program.” “Obviously, that hard work paid off big in the end,” Weingarten said in a statement.

New study makes the case for an elected school board in Chicago Mike Klonsky: A new study out of UIC’s College of Education makes a powerful case for junking mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools and replacing Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked school board with a representative, elected board.


Good News For Emanuel In Latest Polls Chicagoist: That could indicate continued confusion over whom to support following Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ decision not to challenge Emanuel after she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Mell Campaign Ad on School Site Removed by CPS as Ethics Violation DNA Info: Cleveland Elementary ran afoul of Chicago Public Schools’ ethics policy when someone at the school posted a “vote Deb Mell” ad to

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Is Confident He’ll Force Rahm into a Runoff Chicago Magazine: In a wide-ranging interview, the former alderman talks about his son’s legal problems, how he saved Harold Washington’s life, and how he’s looking forward to an April run-off with Rahm.

Emanuel enlists Obama to paint himself as mayor for all Chicago Chicago Tribune: Pre-election surveys last year showed Emanuel losing to Karen Lewis, president of theChicago Teachers Union, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last October and declined to run.

Outside Groups Spend $164K in 45th Ward Election: State Records DNAinfo: Arena, who was endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union, opposes charter schools. CTU gave Arena’s campaign more than $33,200 in December, January and February, records show.


New Analysis Shatters Narrative of Charter School Success eNews Park Forest: Sadly the charters schools, which on average score lower that the Chicago public schools, have not improved the Chicago school system, but perhaps made it even weaker.

Tricknology 101 Jacobin: Public housing in Chicago is considered a failure, and that view drives policy nationwide. Why aren’t we learning from New York City?

Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to propose raising school funding in first budget Tribune: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday plans to propose a 6.7 percent increase in general school spending despite signals that he’ll call for major cuts elsewhere during his first budget speech.

Chicago Ag School project takes on hunger Chicago Tribune: Jermaine Berry, LaDeja Powell and Courtney Lifting bring donated items to theChicago High School for Agricultural Sciences for the Lead2Feed’s backpack drive. The students’ goal is to fill 250 backpacks by Feb. 27.

Illinois lawmakers work to close vaccination loopholes WBEZ: Four state representatives have introduced a resolution urging the Illinois Department of Public Health to tighten the exemption process. Parents previously could obtain a religious exemption by simply submitting a signed statement about their personal objections. But a new proposal would require those parents to first consult with a primary care provider about the importance of vaccines.


Christie goes from Common Core supporter to critic, blames Obama Washington Post: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is no longer the only GOP presidential hopeful to undergo an election season conversion from Common Core booster to critic.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told conservative Republicans in Iowa — the site of the first 2016 GOP caucus about a year from now — that he has “grave concerns” about the Common Core, the K-12 academic standards in reading and math adopted by 43 states and D.C.  See also WNYC: ‘Grave Concerns’ with Common Core.

New Mexico lawmakers confirm Jeb Bush protégé as education secretary Washington Post: The New Mexico Senate voted Monday to confirm Jeb Bush protégé Hanna Skandera as the state’s secretary of public education, handing a defeat to Democrats and teacher unions in what had become a four-year political fight. See also EdWeek: Hanna Skandera Confirmed as New Mexico K-12 Chief After Four Years in Limbo.

National Teachers’ Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on NCLB Rewrite PK12: The 3 million-member NEA unleashed its lobbying effort Tuesday in which it plans to mobilize every local union affiliate. Activities include member education, constituent outreach, high-level meetings with members of Congress and staffers, letters to the editor, rallies, and even paid media buys.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History ThinkProgress: For some lawmakers, the bill doesn’t go far enough. The post Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Report Highlights Features of Districts’ Differentiated-Pay Systems Teacher Beat: The 10 districts now tie teacher raises to performance measures; most offer better overall pay, too.

Sharp Rise in Occupational Therapy Cases at New York’s Schools NYT: Nearly 42,000 public school students have been referred to the treatments, designed to help with things like managing sensitivities to noise or improving fine motor skills.

Low-scoring Palm Lane Elementary in Anaheim on verge of becoming charter school OC Register: The Anaheim City School District board, on Thursday, is set to take action: Members could accept a school transformation or reject the petition for lack of signatures. It’s the first such parent trigger effort in Orange County.

Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher’s Got A Secret Brew NPR: “Your friends are gonna tell you, ‘Your beer is great.’ It’s another thing for people in the market to actually buy it and drink it,” says gym teacher P.T. Lovern, founder of Line 51 Brewing.

Why more black parents are homeschooling their children Hechinger Report: Marvell is one of an estimated 220,000 African-American children currently being homeschooled, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. Black families have become one of the fastest-growing demographics in homeschooling, with black students making up an estimated 10 percent of the homeschooling population. They make up 16 percent of public school students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Growing pains: Oil boom turns prairie school to melting pot AP: Every morning as principal Brad Foss arrives at his school – after just a 60-second commute – he’s reminded of oil’s giant footprint in this town….

Former Elementary Principal on the Run from Police NBC News: Missouri police seek a former elementary school principal, they now believe was running a heroin trafficking ring. WGEM’s Kendra Whittle reports.


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