Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!

Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!

Today’s news roundup: Koch is out at ISBE, says everyone. Rahm endorses Hillary. George Schmidt is upset that Pedro Noguera was invited by CTU to talk about Common Core. Thought Chuy was going to win? Blame Twitter, says the Sun-Times. Nationally, opt-outs are high in some parts of New York but NYC won’t give out city numbers.  The Senate education committee is working on an NCLB reboot. 

Chicago Teachers Union Substance News: Is the Chicago Teachers Union saying that those who oppose Common Core are racists who oppose educating “urban students”? That’s at least one reading of an event being sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union at Wells High School on April 14, 2015 and featuring Pedro Noguera, who has long specialized in a subtle “progressive” brand of teacher bashing.

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks ‘Transformational’ Leader State EdWatch: Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

Rahm Endorses Hillary For President, But Bill DeBlasio Isn’t Ready To Yet Chicago Magazine: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio declined to endorse Clinton, but she’s getting a lot of love from Rahm at least.

Gov. Rauner ‘afraid’ CPS is heading toward bankruptcy Chicago Sun-Times: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett ignored reporters who followed her to an elevator seeking comment. Chicago Board of Education member Carlos Azcoitia said the district meanwhile is “taking measures to be able to prevent [bankruptcy] and be able to get …

Politicians Try to Union-Bust Their Way to the White House Newsweek: Rauner is part of a clique of Midwestern Republican governors challenging unions in a region where behemoths like the United Auto Workers and massive public employee unions covering teachers and other state employees have long dominated. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker diminished the power of the state’s public employee unions in 2011 by pushing through a law that cut their benefits and limited their collective bargaining power.

Chuy was a favorite on Twitter, but he wasn’t trending at the ballot box Chicago Sun-Times: Union leader Karen Lewis says the election results “thrilled” her, despite the defeats of Garcia and other progressive allies. “This was never about one race, one office, one election,” Lewis told me Tuesday. “This was about changing the political …

Ag School Students Supply Backpacks Of Food, Necessities To Homeless DNA Info: Students from the Chicago Ag School distributed 150 backpacks at the Pacific Garden Mission on Tuesday.

StoryCorps Chicago: High school friends help navigate family relationships WBEZ: Brittany doesn’t remember her dad, even though she has photographs with him. When asked by Imani how she feels about that, Brittany responds by saying it would be nice to find out more about him. “But then I kind of really don’t care,” she said.


Some schools see high opt-out rates The Journal News: In Mahopac, some students were kept home by their parents for the duration of the tests and others, who showed up at school, sat in the cafeteria or ….. See also Daily Journal: New York school districts report varying rates of participation in Common Core testing

Senate panel takes up No Child Left Behind rewrite Washington Post: The Senate education panel began marking up a bipartisan bill to replace No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans going to great lengths to hold together a delicately crafted consensus around the proposal.

Atlanta Schools Cheating Case Judge Keeps Word on Sentences AP: True to his word, a judge showed mercy to former Atlanta public school educators who accepted responsibility for their role in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests. Those who refused to admit guilt and agree to other conditions set by prosecutors, he treated much more harshly. See also NPR: Educators Sentenced To Jail In Atlanta Cheating Scandal, NYT: Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case

New Jersey Gov. Christie Distances Himself On Common Core WSJ: Gov. Chris Christie said implementing the Common Core wasn’t working in New Jersey and that he will likely address the situation in coming weeks, among his strongest comments on the controversial education standards. See also Politico: Hillary Clinton 2016: The long hot summer that turned her into a politician


‘Historic’: First Katrina state takeover school returns to New Orleans control |  NOLA.com: A couple of School Board charter groups have taken over failed Recovery charters, but this is the first time a takeover school has chosen to return — after dozens turned down the opportunity.

In Classroom Discipline, a Soft Approach Is Harder Than It Looks Bright: Restorative justice has been credited with slowing the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Here’s how to ensure it fulfills that promise.

Spokane public schools are pulling students from class who aren’t in compliance with Washington’s vaccination laws. AP: Spokane public schools are pulling students from class who aren’t in compliance with Washington’s vaccination laws.

Rocketship breaks ground on new District charter school after delays Washington Post: The D.C. Public Charter School Board gave the California-based operator conditional approval in 2013 through an expedited application process, but opening day was ultimately pushed back a year, following a lengthy search for a location and some local opposition.


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