Rahm Wins, Faces Daunting CPS Challenges

Rahm Wins, Faces Daunting CPS Challenges

So Rahm won last night and that’s great or awful depending on whom you talk to (anyone have the breakdown for CPS parents?). Either way you see it, there are some big challenges ahead in terms of budgets, and nobody really knows whether the runoff results will change things when it comes to the contract negotiations or other school-related issues.


Rahm Emanuel wins runoff in Chicago Politico: In an interview with The Atlantic, AFT President Randi Weingarten said that forcing Emanuel into a runoff was a win for labor — a point echoed by progressives after the vote. See also Emanuel wins re-election over Garcia in race for Chicago mayor (WBEZ), Emanuel Wins Second Term as Chicago Mayor After Tough Runoff (EdWeek).

Emanuel victory humbling today — with headaches tomorrow Sun-Times: “It’ll be sticky, hard and tough. But I wouldn’t pre-ordain that it’s going to end in some huge new confrontation. The job of the teachers union is to bargain aggressively for its members. It’s not the job of the teachers union to create an endless state of siege.”

Chicago Waiting to See if Runoff Truly Has Humbled Rahm Emanuel New York Times: Mr. Garcia was backed by about seven in 10 Hispanic voters, as well as a majority of voters with children in the Chicago Public Schools.

For victorious Emanuel, now comes the hard part Tribune: With his re-election victory Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel renewed his lease on a municipal fixer-upper, one with buckling and painful-to-repair financial underpinnings caused by decades of deferred maintenance.


Emanuel critic fends off foe; mayor to keep iron grip on council Tribune: A fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel fended off an opponent backed by pro-Emanuel political groups Tuesday in one of the most expensive and high-profile races among 18 City Council runoff contests.

In stinging blow to Emanuel, Ald. Deborah Graham concedes 29th Ward race to Chicago cop Chicago Sun-Times: With all precincts reporting, Mitts led Chicago Public Schools teacher Tara Stamps, 53 percent to 47 percent. Stamps, the daughter of late activist.

Incumbent Ald. Deborah Graham fighting for political life in 29th Ward Chicago Sun-Times: Stamps, the daughter of the late activist Marion Stamps, said she was waiting for all the votes to be counted. “I am yet encouraged by the desires of the residents of the 37th Ward,” said Stamps, whose candidacy was backed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news Hyde Park Herald: … who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden Hyde Park Herald: … Principal Michelle Brumfield, who said the garden would help the school receive a Healthy School Certification from Chicago Public Schools

Best Stories from the New Michelle Obama Biography Chicago Magazine: Slevin is good in recounting the humble-yet-rich upbringing of Michelle and her older brother, Craig, in a one-bedroom, one-bath, un-air-conditioned apartment at 7436 South Euclid Avenue in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood—which was at the time transitioning from all white to all black. He describes their education at the neighborhood elementary school, Bryn Mawr,


Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores NYT: The proposal retains the requirement for yearly tests, but the federal government would no longer prescribe how the states handle schools with continuously poor scores. See also Sens. Alexander, Murray propose bipartisan measure to replace NCLB (WP), Senators Announce Agreement to Update Education Law (AP).

Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding The Achievement Gap  NPR: A new study finds Mexican-American toddlers are lagging behind their white counterparts.

First-Generation Students Unite NYT: These young pioneers, the first in their families in college, speak out about who they are, where they come from and the income inequality on campus.

How an elementary school moves on after a shooting PBS NewsHour: Our first report comes from student television network correspondent Sydney Payne at Carlsbad High School in California. As part of our series on what’s changed, she and her team visited a local San Diego elementary school that was the scene of a terrifying shooting in 2010. We’re calling the series The New Safe.


California teachers unions face new legal challenge over dues Washington Post: Four California teachers are suing their unions over the use of member dues for political activities, opening a new legal front against unions that are already facing a separate challenge to their ability to collect dues from all teachers

As new teacher evaluation system looms, NY’s Tisch defends need for state tests ChalkbeatNY: As state education officials have been tasked with crafting a new teacher evaluation system, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Tuesday continued to defend the need for a state test as a necessary measure to address longstanding inequities.

Report: Boston Lacks ‘Cultural Competence’ In Teaching Black, Latino Males Boston Learning Lab: While the study points to caring school cultures, professional collaboration, individualized instruction and family engagement as positive existing school practices, Rosann Tung, lead author of the study, says that in order to close achievement and opportunity gaps, more must be done.

Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York NYT: Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.

Kindergarteners’ parents scramble for spots in annual rite of spring KPCC LA: The line started forming at Mar Vista during the holiday weekend with parents camping out like Best Buy on Black Friday. Around noon on Monday, Nikki Dyson was in line with 12 other parents eager to enter their preschoolers in the advanced program, which offers specialized teachers and a 12-year track toward early college acceptance.


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