Today’s news roundup: School’s back after yesterday’s break for cold. Obama appeared in town to help Emanuel and bash Rauner. Folks are all over the place on the Rauner budget. Pedro Martinez (remember him?) is up for the top job in Boston. There’s a new report from UIC around claiming that mayoral control isn’t the way to go. Charter advocates and critics debated at a City Club debate (see video below).
Harsh temperatures break weather records from 1936 MyFox Chicago: The district called off classes Thursday because of the dangerously frigid conditions, but class is back in session Friday for Chicago Public Schools students. See also Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools to reopen schools Friday.
Frigid temperatures trigger school closures, delays across DC region Friday Washington Post: As extremely cold temperatures descended on the Washington region Thursday night, area school officials made early decisions to cancel Friday classes or delay school openings as they weighed student safety, bus operations and facility concerns.
Emanuel gets boost from Obama ahead of Chicago election USA TODAY: Garcia only entered the race after Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis opted against making runs. Preckwinkle had 24 point lead in a potential race against Emanuel, according to a July Chicago … See also WBEZ: Where do the mayoral candidates stand on Chicago’s big issues?
Big gap in turnout predictions. Are they looking at the same race? Mike Klonsky: If you believe the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman, Rahm may get his [low turnout] wish. But if you read Thomas Corfman at Crain’s, you get a completely different assessment.
Illinois groups, politicians react with praise, worry to Rauner’s budget plan Reboot IL: Not surprisingly, the Illinois Republican Party was one of the most supportive of Rauner’s strategies saying that, through the speech, the governor made good on his campaign promise to “fix the broken status quo.”
CHARTERS, ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS
Charter school issue sparks heated debate Sun-Times: “The people in the city who have made charter schools a political issue and are rooting for charter schools to fail are rooting for Chicago schools to fail and that’s not something acceptable,” Broy told a room packed with hundreds of diners at a Club Club breakfast at Maggiano’s eatery. See full video here.
UIC Education Experts: Chicago Should Move To An Elected School Board Progress IL: The report by UIC’s Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education found “no conclusive evidence that mayor-appointed school boards are more effective at governing schools or raising student achievement” than elected ones.
4 Finalists Named For Boston Public Schools Superintendent Boston Learning Lab: Four candidates have been named as finalists for Boston Public Schools Superintendent. Clockwise, from top left: Guadalupe Guerrero, Tommy Chang, Pedro Martinez [former CPS!], and Dana Bedden.
Area school officials voice concern over new standardized test Peoria Journal Star: Almost every school superintendent in the area has joined the chorus of educators calling for Illinois to delay implementation of the new standardized test designed to complement Common Core State Standards.
Could Common Core cause a Republican civil war in 2016? CBS: A Gallup poll last August found 76 percent of Republican voters nationwide are opposed to Common Core, and only 17 percent in favor. See also US News: 5 things to watch as governors meet in Washington.
Charter groups top unions in lobbying, campaign spending Capital New York: Charter school groups and their supporters spent $16 million on lobbying, campaign contributions to state-level candidates and parties and independent expenditure campaigns last year. Charter schools spent nearly $700,000 on lobbying. Education unions and labor-funded advocates spent $11.77 million, according to the analysis. See also North Country Now: State teachers’ union to lead rally in Massena Saturday against Gov. Cuomo.
Tough slog ahead in Congress for No Child rewrite Seattle Times: Murray believes the federal government — which put up $61 billion, or 10 percent, of the cost of educating public elementary and secondary students in fiscal 2012 — has the right to demand accountability from local schools. The federal government, she said recently, “has an important and unique role to play” to ensure quality education, particularly for lower-achieving students. See also EdWeek: House Set to Pass NCLB Rewrite Next Friday.
MN near bottom in on-time graduation for students of color Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota has the worst or second-worst graduation rates among reporting states in all four non-white student categories. No other state is in the bottom five in all four groups, and only Oregon comes close with three races in the bottom five.
SRC feels heat for adding five charters Philly.com: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said she believed that the SRC’s approval of more charters would “suck more resources out of neighborhood public schools, destabilize communities, and hurt Philadelphia’s kids.” See also District Dossier.
iPad controversy looms large in LAUSD District 3 board race KPCC: At a recent LAUSD District 3 school board debate, teachers dressed as FBI agents in protest of board member Tamar Galatzan’s support of the iPad program.
For Students In Ohio, A Crib Sheet For Interacting With Police NPR: In Akron, Ohio, some students made a reference card designed to improve relations between the community and police. It offers tips on how to behave — and how to report police misconduct.
Sex offender performs at Washington state school assembly AP: Authorities say a registered sex offender performed at a high school assembly in Washington state even though she’s not allowed to be where minors congregate