Friday School News Roundup

Friday School News Roundup

Today’s news includes coverage of a Chuy/Karen meetup, recaps of the most recent mayoral debates, contract negotiations launching/resuming, Flaming Hots in CPS schools, memories of integration in Evanston, and more.  Nationally, Steve Jobs’ widow is emerging as a political force in education – but she’s not as liberal as you might imagine or wish.


Chuy Garcia, Karen Lewis have lunch Tribune: Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia welcomes Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on March 26, 2015, to a meeting at Pearl’s Place Restaurant in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Lewis recruited Garcia to run after illness prevented her from mounting a campaign.

‘You Are Not the King of the City,’ Chuy Tells Rahm at Debate DNAinfo: Garcia countered that Chicago Public Schools”has only gotten worse” under Emanuel’s tenure. With their talking points honed by months on the…

Garcia goes on the attack against Emanuel in 2nd debate of runoff Chicago Tribune: … frequently talking over each other as they were asked about the serious financial challenges facing both City Hall and Chicago Public Schools.


Flamin’ Hot Cheetos top Chicago Public School vending machines WBEZ Chicago: Under these new rules, two of the top sellers in Chicago Public Schools are reformulated Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Kellogg’s Pop Tarts. This is not exactly what Dr. Virginia Stallings envisioned when she chaired the Institute of Medicine committee whose recommendations would form the backbone of the Smart Snack rules.


CPS & CTU Begin Contract Talks Chicago Tonight: The Chicago Teachers Union is back at the bargaining table with the city and Chicago Public Schools to negotiate a new contract for the union’s ..

CPS Launches “Parent Universities” at Select Schools #Chicago Chicago Public Schools launched a new program Thursday for parents that allows them to earn “digital badges” when they complete new lessons.

Judge throws out lawsuit by white teacher suspended for using n-word Chicago Sun-Times: A federal judge on Thursday threw out a civil suit brought by Lincoln Brown, a white Chicago Public Schools teacher who alleged his black principal…

Editorial: Where is Wells High School’s angel? Chicago Sun-Times: A cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools offered only $300,000 toward the $2 million-plus project. And, two years into planning by Wells, CPS in …

CPS principals say schools remain ‘filthy’ under $340M janitorial contracts Chicago Sun-Times: CPS parent Jennie Biggs, right, says her children’s school remains filthy under CPS private contracts with Aramark and SodexoMagic.

How Integration Worked—and Failed—in Evanston Chicago Magazine:  Mary Barr, author of Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston, talks about growing up in a progressive suburb that seemed to get integration right—until lunch happened.


Laurene Powell Jobs linked to Jeb and Hillary Business Insider:  Business Insider obtained Powell-Jobs’ resignation letter from a source. In the letter, which was personally addressed to Bush and began “Dear Jeb,” Powell-Jobs attributed her decision to leave the foundation’s board of directors dto time commitments.

How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect. Washington Post: The school-choice movement is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve.But new research on New Orleans — arguably the nation’s most competitive school market — suggests that school leaders are less likely to work on improving academics than to use other tactics in their efforts to attract students.


Evaluation stalemate, looming changes fuel teacher frustration ChalkbeatNY: The future of teacher evaluations in New York state appears more unclear than ever. With six days left to craft an on-time state budget, lawmakers have only just begun to seriously negotiate how to overhaul the state’s nascent teacher-grading system.

Technology is the focus of first-time Smarter Balanced implementation Concord Monitor: Schools are used to administering standardizedtests, but the tests corresponding to theCommon Core State Standards are a new experience for both…

Bill would let parents initiate school reform process Tennessean: Currently, the state does not identify schools in the bottom 10 percent but does identify schools in the bottom 5 percent based on academic achievement. Most of the schools in the bottom 5 percent, known as priority schools, are in Davidson County and Shelby County.

Despite state mediator, LAUSD and teachers still $774 million and an evaluation system apart LA Daily News: A referee from California’s top labor authority proved little help Thursday in the fray between Los Angeles’ school district and teachers union. The two sides remain divided by more than $774 million per year and at odds over teacher evaluations, Los Angeles Unified School District Chief Labor Negotiator Vivian Ekchian said in a written statement.

Conn. Rethinks School Suspensions WSJ: Betty Aquino received an alarming call from her son’s preschool last fall. She was told that her son, Jeremiah Hall, would have to go home early that day.

Another District Takeover Recommended by Mass. Commissioner District Dossier: If approved, Holyoke would become the second district in Massachusetts to be run by the state. The education commissioner, who recommended the takeover, said he felt a real sense of “urgency” to act now.

More Md. schools opening food pantries Baltimore Sun: Josh Sanders, 33, sat in a chair in the corner of the cafeteria at Featherbed Lane Elementary, still in his work clothes, as his two daughters bounced from table to table, putting juice and snacks in a bag to take home.

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