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Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities
Today's news includes a closer look at some of the City Hall challengers' CPS-related proposals, noting (in WBEZ) that in some cases they closely resemble CTU priorities and in others (Tribune) they lack any realistic spending offsets or revenue increases to pay for extras and cover current deficits. Elsewhere, there's more money for school Internet access being provided, and the new math is a struggle for students and teachers in Texas...

Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters

Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters
Today's local education news includes mayoral challengers talking about CPS, a Klonsky blog post about those graduation numbers, a $20M preschool grant for Illinois reported by Catalyst, and a new effort to improve teacher diversity in DNA Info. Nationally, storms are closing California schools, a massive spending bill in Washington includes wins and losses for Obama education initiatives, and the resignation of NY State's controversial state superintendent...

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"
Today's news:  CPS is changing its school ratings system - again -- at today's Board meeting. Chicago Magazine interviews Jesse Sharkey, the "new Karen Lewis." (How's he doing so far?) Mayor Rahm is launching TV ads. Social justice labor caucuses met in Philly. Nationally, the USDE is investigating a handful of districts over sexual assault allegations (is CPS one of them?), and NYC has rejected school facilities for a couple of charters. Photo credit: Chris Strong....
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Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement

Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement
Here's a quick rundown on today's news roundup.  There's lots of coverage of the Vitale-brokered bond deals that went bad for CPS, plus a Tribune editorial noting that CPS says nearly half of kids are college ready but ACT says only a quarter.  The Sun-Times notes that the law and practice surrounding testing opt outs is unclear in Illinois and nationwide, and DNA Info notes that there are more parochial schools merging on the NW Side.  Oh, and there's an event at the Union League this afternoon to discuss SB16 school funding reform act. Nationally, the Obama Administration is calling on states and districts to do something about unequal distribution of teachers (totally unfair to poor kids), and parents and others in Pennsylvania are suing the state over the funding formula...

Will Quinn/Rauner Victory Make A Big CPS Difference?

Will Quinn/Rauner Victory Make A Big CPS Difference?
Today's Election Day, and the Quinn/Rauner race is on everybody's mind.  (Zorn predicts a Rauner win, which would make charter supporters happy since Quinn voiced support for a moratorium.  Who do you think's going to win, and what difference if any will it make to Chicago schools?)  Also: a handful of stories about the Mayor's proposed pre-K expansion plan, which seems to have generated a bunch of questions, and the Sun Times continues to hammer City Hall for clout handouts. Last but not least, Substance reports African-American teachers are down from 40 percent to 28 percent, & Catalyst reports that CPS didn't really want to post its 2014 ISAT scores but finally did. All this plus national and other cities' education news below...

CPS Reverses Dyett Decision

CPS Reverses Dyett Decision
Wow -- Dyett is going to come back in some form, CPS announced Friday. I have to say I didn't think that was going to happen.  It's apparently going to re-open as a neighborhood high school (not a charter), after a year of planning. Read all about it, and about a Thursday night debate over last year's closings that was moderated by Catalyst's Linda Lenz and apparently got heated (for education).  Need more?  The California superintendent's race has already generated $23M in campaign spending, and there was a shooting at a high school near Seattle on Friday...
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What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?

What To Make Of CPS Enrollment Figures?
Enrollment is down over all, which we already knew but IB, STEM, and alternative schools are on the rise, says Catalyst, and NW Side schools remain overcrowded according to DNA Info. What do you make of that? Meantime, CPS reiterated its desire to delay a new test (but was already told no).  And the first of the closed buildings (Peabody) is being sold, along with the CPS headquarters. In These Times has a profile of CTU's Jesse Sharkey. EdWeek notes that teachers unions and reform organizations sometimes support Republican candidates and even support the same candidates in midterm races that are projected to generate record political spending.  ...

October Board Meeting Day

October Board Meeting Day
Happy Wednesday.  Today's a Board meeting day, and the big announcement seems to be that Hancock HS is going to become selective.  In other news, CTU is selling a Gold Coast apartment tower it owns (who knew?), CPS enrollment is now below 400K (final numbers are in), and Catalyst wonders whether the Mayor's preschool plan is good enough. All that plus national news and news from other cities is below the fold. ...

Lewis Won't Run For Mayor, May Have Brain Tumor

Lewis Won't Run For Mayor, May Have Brain Tumor
News outlets are reporting that Karen Lewis, whose exploratory committee spokesperson yesterday announced she would not be running for mayor, has a brain tumor of some kind. That's frankly much more immediately serious in medical terms than I had hoped, though I had always thought that she wouldn't run and that if she did it wouldn't go particularly well. Meantime, a new study from Myron Orfield (any relation to Gary?) says that Chicago charter schools aren't high-performing. Nationally, some teacher preparation programs are emphasizing clinical practice, and Maryland schools have seen improvements after their focus on 9th grade passing rates...
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CPS Doles Out Additional $24M - Despite Enrollment Declines

Welcome back -- here's today's news roundup: Everyone's excited about the Friday night announcement from CPS that schools not meeting their enrollment projections won't be penalized even though we're supposedly doing student-based budgeting for the second year.  According to Catalyst, this takes $24 million.  Read all about it.  Or, read about Karen Lewis and Corey Booker talking trash via Twitter, and the Tribune's Zorn on the campaign to keep Lewis out of the mayoral race.   Plus national news including Atlanta's cheating scandal trial finally beginning, and Miami schools enrolling unaccompanied minors. ...