Duncan Laments CPS Turmoil, Plus Rauner Vs. Lewis

Duncan Laments CPS Turmoil, Plus Rauner Vs. Lewis

Today’s news includes coverage of Duncan’s appearance in town yesterday, plus back-and-forth between Rauner and CTU head Karen Lewis. Michelle Obama is giving a commencement speech here. Joravsky wants the next CPS head to stand up to Rahm. The judge is going to resentence some of the Atlanta educators. See it all below or throughout the day at @district299.


Duncan: CPS students deserve stability  Chicago Sun-Times: “I just hate that the current CEO is on leave or whatever, whatever that term is,” Duncan said Tuesday at an education writers conference in Chicago. “Before I was here, there was CEO Paul Vallas for about 7 years. I did about 7 1/2, so you had two …”

Duncan: CPS students deserve stability Chicago Sun-Times: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said it was “sad” that Chicago Public Schools has lacked consistent leadership.

See also WTTW Chicago Tonight: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


Karen Lewis on Rauner: Members of ‘Montgomery Burns’ class should pay fair Sun-Times: “It’s ridiculous to say he’s out of touch because it’s a cliche. But he’s such a cliche. He’s got that whole Montgomery Burns thing going on,” Lewis told the Sun-Times.

Rahm And Rauner Try To Weather CPS Federal Investigation  Chicagoist: “But Chicago Public Schools has been a source of patronage, cronyism… massive bureaucracy. It hasn’t really served the families and the parents …”

CPS haunted by bankruptcy chatter ahead of bond sale Crain’s Chicago Business: In the latest hurdle for the system, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett took leave April 17 after the board was served with federal grand jury subpoenas seeking records about contracts, according to updated bond documents.

There’s a huge crisis brewing in Chicago’s public school system Business Insider: “This investigation is very sad, I hope there’s been no wrong-doing, but Chicago Public Schools has been a source of patronage, cronyism, dealings, massive bureaucracy,” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said to CBS Chicago on Monday.

Lynn Sweet: ‘Opportunity progressivism’ is Rahm’s approach to economic growth Chicago Sun-Times: Various building trade unions were generous donors to Emanuel’s re-election campaign, putting them at odds with the more progressive unions – such as SEIU and the Chicago Teachers Union – who backed his defeated rival.


Will the next schools chief please stand up—to Rahm? Chicago Reader: I guess the other nice thing I can say about B-3 is that she occasionally had breakfast with Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, thus keeping that line of communication open. Also, she had a clever way of acting as though she found many of …


Michelle Obama to give commencement speech at Chicago school Education Week: First lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at a Chicago high school this spring. The White House said Tuesday that Obama would speak at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School, located in the same..

The top 25 elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois, ranked by SchoolDigger Reboot IL: Using SchoolDigger’s latest rankings, we’ve put together a list of the top 25 elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois based on each school’s Average Standard Score.

CPS Employee: Discrimination, hiring abuses rampant within district  MyFox Chicago: Mason-Johnson runs staffing services for the Chicago Public Schools. Her office handles everything from substitute teachers to background checks for .


Traction Limited in Rolling Back Common Core EdWeek: To date, 19 states this year have considered bills to repeal the common core, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures—but none has adopted such legislation. In Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, repeal proposals have lost what amounted to do-or-die votes, while states including Mississippi and West Virginia have changed repeal proposals into legislation requiring a review of the standards instead.

As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in ChalkbeatNY:On Tuesday, when asked whether states with many test boycotters would face consequences, Duncan said he expected states to make sure districts get enough students take the tests. “We think most states will do that,” Duncan said during a discussion at the Education Writers Association conference in Chicago. “If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.”

Jeb Bush’s shifting words on Common Core Tampa Bay Times: “I think Secretary Duncan and President Obama deserve credit for putting pressure on states to change, particularly the states that haven’t changed at all. They’re providing carrots and sticks, and I think that’s appropriate. But these thing have to happen at the state level for policy changes, so for New Jersey wants to get rid of last in first out you gotta go to the legislature and get it done.”


Resentencing for Educators in Test Cheating Scandal in Atlanta AP: A judge plans to resentence three former Atlanta public school educators who received the stiffest sentences after they were convicted in a conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests.

Los Angeles District, Teachers Forge Tentative Agreement, Elude Strike TeacherBeat: After nearly a year of negotiations and the threat of a strike, the Los Angeles school district has reached a tentative agreement with the teachers’ union, settling on a deal that would increase teacher salaries by 10 percent.

LAUSD board approves teacher deal but projects $559M deficit KPCC: But those dollars are not a guarantee, said Board Member Monica Ratliff. “We’re going to have to come up with an alternative plan in case the May … See also LADN: Los Angeles Unified school board tentatively approves pay raise for teachers

Does Ohio’s third grade reading test miss its goal? PBS NewsHour: Two years ago, the city of Cincinnati and others across Ohio faced a major problem. On a national reading test, 60 percent of fourth-graders were failing, a gap that many we spoke with then feared would just grow wider. So, two years ago, Republican State Senator Peggy Lehner put a wall around fourth grade, passing legislation that promised to hold back any third grader who failed the state’s reading test. Ohio called it the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Seattle school test-tampering probe: $25K spent, no end in sight Seattle Times: Seattle Public Schools has spent more than $25,000 investigating what happened at Beacon Hill International School, where nearly every wrong answer on last spring’s state exams was erased and changed to a correct response.

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