A School Year Swallowed By An Election

A School Year Swallowed By An Election

Today’s news: AFT president Randi Weingarten spoke at the City Club yesterday (Karen Lewis was there!). Reactions to Phil Ponce’s gang questions during the WTTW debate have been loud and strong. The BGA is suing a charter network for not responding to a FOIA request. It feels like the whole year has been consumed by the City Hall campaign. Kids were going to school and getting taught, right? Image via 


Stumping for Chuy, AFT’s Weingarten says Garcia won’t make ‘scorched earth … Chicago Sun-Times: Randi Weingarten told the crowd at a City Club of Chicago lunch that Garcia “understands that when it comes to making tough choices, communities are not our enemy — they need to be our partners.”


Did Phil Ponce Win Some Votes for Garcia By Bringing Up His Son? Chicago Magazine: In a heated debate, one moment that stood out was moderator Phil Ponce asking Jesus Garcia whether his son was still in a gang.

Did the ‘gang member’ questions about Chuy’s son cross the line? Tribune: “With respect, a lot of voters might wonder, Commissioner, … If you can’t keep your own son out of a gang, how can you steer the city away from gangs and violence?”

Phil Ponce: Question about candidate’s parenting, gang ‘off the mark’  Tribune: Did mayoral debate moderator Phil Ponce of WTTW-TV cross the line Tuesday night in the debate between Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

Garcia winning Latino vote, but Emanuel has hold on sizable portion Tribune: Radio host Vicente Serrano spared no emotion as he took to the stage in the historic Logan Square Auditorium last month to fire up a Latino unity rally where mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was billed as the main attraction.
Unions, progressives try to shape City Council Tribune: The same unions and left-leaning organizations backing Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his effort to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next week’s runoff election also have joined forces to shape a City Council more to their liking.
Six months after he skewers Emanuel, former chairman of legislative Black Caucus endorses him Sun Times: The former chairman of the legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 runoff just six months after delivering a rare public tongue-lashing to the mayor and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
What you need to know about the mayoral runoff Reader: The skinny on what Rahm and Chuy have promised to do—and what they’ve avoided telling you by Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky You might have heard something about a runoff election for mayor between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Or maybe you’ve heard far more than you’d like and wonder if anything they’re saying is true.…
City Colleges Stand Behind Choice to Bring in Common as Graduation Speaker DNA Info: Despite a New Jersey college’s decision to drop the rapper, City Colleges leaders say his art inspires.
CPS employee accused of grabbing teen in health club shower WGN: A Chicago Public Schools employee is suspended and charged with criminal sexual abuse. The Lyons police department reports Juan Ibarra grabbed a teenage boy while he was in the shower at a health club. CPS confirms Ibarra worked at Kinzie Elementary school.

11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal NPR: AThey were found guilty of conspiracy when they switched student test scores. The verdicts close a dark chapter for the school system and the city of Atlanta. One defendant, a teacher, was acquitted. See also NYT (Atlanta Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal), AP (11 Educators Convicted In Atlanta Test Cheating Conspiracy), NewsHour (How cheating on standardized tests can be a criminal act).

Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over ‘Formidable’ Opposition WNYC: Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.

Christie and Teachers Spar Over Benefits WSJ: Gov. Chris Christie was confronted by multiple protesters during a town-hall meeting here Tuesday and undertook a long back-and-forth with a public-school teacher angry about his push to scale back pension and health benefits for state workers.

As NYSUT endorses testing opt-outs, city union holds back Chalkbeat Indiana:  Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, of which NYSUT and the UFT are both affiliates, quickly jumped in. She posted online that she would boycott New York’s tests if she had children in the public schools.

What went wrong with Promise Academies? The Notebook: Promise Academies, the once-vaunted internal turnaround model for District schools, failed to thrive due to a drop in funding, inconsistent leadership, and teacher layoffs that decimated the climate and trust that the schools had built, according to a new study.


School Voucher Numbers Are Growing, and So Is Accountability, Says Report EdWeek: The center’s policy brief looks only at general education vouchers—which means voucher-like programs such as tax-credit scholarships or voucher programs solely for students with special needs were not included. Under that definition, only Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin qualified for the analysis.

States Given Low Marks on Supports for Advanced, Low Income Students District Dossier: A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found an absence of state policies that support high-achieving, low-income students and a “policy vacuum” on the state level on efforts to help those students succeed in school.

Education funding gaps: Which states are hitting, missing the mark? CS Monitor: School districts that serve the most students in poverty receive an average of $1,200, or 10 percent, less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty, according to the Education Trust. The resource gap grows to $2,200 when adjusting to account for an estimated 40 percent higher cost to educate high-poverty students, the report notes.

A Transgender Teen’s Transformative Journey ABC News: Tonight we’re taking you on the four-year odyssey of a transgender child. It’s a remarkable metamorphosis for a deeply unhappy teenager who blossoms into a young man. With the help of his family he’s decided to transition socially and surgically before finishing puberty. Critics might argue it’s too much, too soon. But this young man’s loved ones will tell you, timing is everything.

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