Nameless ‘teachers’ vent at OTHS meeting – The Ottawa Township High School board and administration were slammed by a recitation of anonymous complaints read aloud at Monday’s board meeting.
School districts work to comply with new law requiring CPR, AED training
(Marengo Farmside © 07/23/2014)
George Laman, whose teenage daughter died six years ago after collapsing during a drill team practice at St. Charles North High School, hopes that a new, potentially lifesaving law she inspired is taken seriously by teachers and students.
ISU ranks high in college economic value list
(Daily Vidette © 07/22/2014)
Illinois State University was among the top 2 percent of schools with high economic value in a recent list compiled by the Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index.
Budget, Kenwood, & Karen — Oh, My!
Today’s news: The budget is up for approval at today’s Board meeting. The Board wants to move Kenwood Academy into the old Canter MS building. Logan Square network chief John Price has resigned. More news about Karen’s Hawaii vacation (and talk about another strike in comments). Plus charters and district schools work together in a Texas district, and some schools are finding the best use of a longer day is more time for teacher collaboration.
BUDGET BACK AND FORTH
Chicago school board to vote on Safe Passage expansion, 2015 CPS budget WLS-TV: The Chicago Board of Education prepares to vote on plans to expand the Safe Passage program and to vote on a $5.8 billion budget.
Disabilities-rights group blasts proposed CPS budget Chicago Sun-Times: On the eve of the approval of Chicago Public Schools’ $5.76 billion budget for 2015, a disabilities-rights group denounced the budget on Tuesday as unsustainable, even though the district wants to increasing its spending on special education.
Chicago Public Schools budget expected to be approved Chicago Tribune: Facing a deficit that this year approaches $900 million, Chicago Public Schools officials are tacking on an additional two months of property tax revenue to the 2015 budget, a one-time move that has been roundly criticized.
Groups blast CPS budget as ‘shortsighted,’ based on gimmicks Chicago Sun-Times
Tim Cawley, chief administrative officer with the Chicago Public Schools, discusses the district’s proposed $5.76 billion 2015 budget Wednesday night at a public hearing at Malcolm X College.
Logan Square CPS Network Chief Resigns, Efforts Underway To Replace Him
DNAinfo: The Chicago Public Schools’ network chief for nearly every school in Logan Square has resigned, according to school officials. John Price resigned his seven-month role as the Northwest Side network chief earlier this month.
CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy program into closed school Chicago Sun-Times: Throughout that closing process, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett assured protesting crowds that the empty buildings wouldn’t be used as schools again, especially not as charter schools.
Hyde Park Herald: Burns released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones, five members of Kenwood’s staff and …
LEWIS IN HAWAII
Karen Lewis shifted vacation in case of mayoral run Chicago Sun-Times: With all the talk of a possible mayoral run Karen Lewis, we haven’t seen much of her lately. That’s because the Chicago Teachers Union President shifted her annual vacation in Hawaii to July. Why? Lewis usually takes her trip in December.
’10 questions for Karen Lewis’ Change Of Subject (Zorn): If you want to get a sense of how Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s backers will go after Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis if Lewis decides to run against Emanuel, take a look at the text of an email sent around last month by Owen Kilmer, former spokesman for Cook County Board President and currently spokesman for DFER, the super PAC backing Emanuel:
Karen Lewis for Chicago mayor? Laughable Austin Weekly News: He spent his formative years in the suburbs, his children are too good to go to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and his ambitions are grander than just being the mayor of this hick town.
Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers Hechinger Report: The case in New Haven tells a cautionary tale of what can happen when a low-performing school rushes to add time to close that gap. It also reflects the latest focus of the expanded-time movement: making extra time for teachers to learn.
Charter and traditional schools bridge divide under one roof PBS NewsHour: Charter schools have often been seen as a threat to traditional schools, diverting resources and students to these publicly funded but privately run institutions. In Houston, Texas, the superintendent of one school district has invited competing charter schools to set up shop alongside a regular middle school. Special correspondent John Merrow reports on their evolving partnership.
Cheating Teachers WNYC: New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv investigates a widespread, long-term culture of cheating among educators in Atlanta’s public-school district—and the pressure that test score targets put on schools.
In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory NPR: An innovative approach to learning amid turmoil in the Philadelphia School District.
Teachers union steps into legal battle over tenure, against a former ally ChalkbeatNY: The lawsuit pits the union against a former ally, Mona Davids, who is among the parents suing to undo the tenure laws. Davids heads the New York City Parents Union, which consulted with the UFT on a union-sponsored parent advocacy group two years ago. [See also TeacherBeat]
Bobby Jindal Sued By His Allies Over Common Core HuffPost: Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated by the Choice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages a chain of charter schools in Louisiana. Now, Jim Swanson, chair of the Choice Foundation schools, is joining a group of parents and teachers to sue Jindal for trying to reverse his state’s adoption of the standards.
Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.’s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers? PK12: For the past five-plus years of the Obama administration, the big teacher-policy emphasis has been on educator effectiveness, meaning tying teacher performance to student outcomes, including on standardized tests. States had to develop teacher evaluations that take test scores into account, both to get a slice of the Race to the Top money, and later, to get flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act.
Maryland to give harder tests for high school graduation requirement Baltimore Sun: Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland’s public high schools. The state school board voted Tuesday to replace the English and Algebra I High School Assessment — graduation requirements since 2009 — with new tests, tied to the Common Core curriculum, that are expected to be more difficult to pass.
Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores NPR: The University of Arkansas today released what it calls a “first ever” study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Here at NPR Ed we get a lot of press releases for studies related to education — teacher turnover, financial aid access, social and emotional learning in preschool and more. But not all studies are created equal. It’s important to understand not only what the study says but who the researchers are and how they arrived at their conclusions.
Towns Struggle With Debate Over Immigrant Services ABC: Thousands of miles from border, US towns struggle with whether to provide immigrant services
Springfield State Journal Register – July 22, 2014
Lawyers challenging last year’s pension reform law said they will make another attempt to get an expedited ruling in the case in the wake of the Illinois…
Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional
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The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state’s pension overhaul law, which he thinks is unconstitutional.
Cutbacks in annual pension increases unconstitutional, Schimpf says
(Lincoln Courier © 07/23/2014)
Automatic annual increases that were promised as part of state worker pensions cannot be cut back under the Illinois Constitution, the Republican candidate for attorney general says.
Rauner and Quinn Personnel Clash at Bill Signing Over Rauner Team Videographer
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Bruce Rauner’s campaign is up in arms, claiming Governor Quinn’s security team verbally assaulted a Rauner videographer at a bill signing yesterday. A spokesman says the videographer was on public property and had a right to attend the event. But, Quinn’s people weren’t having it.
Vallas calls Rauner budget plan ‘devastating,’ ‘dishonest’
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Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate called his opponent’s budget plan ‘devastating’ to education and ‘fundamentally dishonest’ during a campaign stop Tuesday at Illinois State University. Paul Vallas, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said the proposal by Republican Bruce Rauner would leave an $8 billion hole in the budget.
Bruce Rauner: “I Love Uber”
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Drivers for ridesharing services head to a Chicago courtroom to defend themselves, as taxi drivers and legislators make moves to regulate ridesharing services.
Rauner hails Uber as taxi war spreads to governor’s race July 22, 2014
(Crains Chicago Business © 07/22/2014)
The Uber-taxi war today spread to a new front the race for governor. In a statement and a campaign appearance, GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a pending bill that conventional taxicab firms say would even the regulatory playing field, but which Uber and other ride-sharing firms say is antithetical to their business model. ”
Internal emails from Quinns office show politics influenced NRI decision
(Chicago Sun Times © 07/23/2014)
Newly released emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office show politics appeared to trump credentials when deciding how big a serving some nonprofits should get from his now-tarnished $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program.
Quinn emails shows politics used to disperse funds
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 07/23/2014)
Gov. Pat Quinn has said he halted the NRI once he learned about problems.
Editorial: Illinois should reform prison guidelines
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 07/23/2014)
The State of Illinois paid more than $60 million this year in overtime for correctional officers in the prison system. At the same time, the city of Chicago has become a cauldron of gun violence, with shootings an everyday occurrence.
$1.1 billion allocated for state-wide road repairs
(Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 07/22/2014)
Starting this summer, many Illinois roads will be getting a face lift. The state is injecting $1.1 billion into road projects across the state as part of its first capital construction in five years.
Postal workers’ battle with Staples comes to Chicago
(Crains Chicago Business © 07/22/2014)
Chicago is the spotlight today for a national battle between the American Postal Workers Union and Staples Inc. The union says some 2,000 of its workers, in town for a convention at McCormick Place, will gather this afternoon outside the Staples at 111 N. Wabash Ave. in the Loop to decry a partnership that allows the office supply company to offer postal services at its stores.
|Watchdog group shreds CPS ‘gimmick-based’ budget
The Civic Federation’s review of Chicago Public Schools’ proposed 2015 budget depicts a system that seemingly has lost the will to do anything but spend increasing amounts of money it doesn’t have, writes Crain’s Greg Hinz.
|AvantCredit wins $75 million slug of equity
AvantCredit, a rapidly growing online consumer lender with more than 350 employees in Chicago, has finalized a $75 million equity infusion from Wall Street private-equity firm Tiger Global Management. Crain’s reports.
— And, if activity continues at its current pace, Illinois venture funding could approach $1 billion this year, reaching its highest level since the dot-com boom. Crain’s has more.
|Will Abbott make like AbbVie?
Crain’s Joe Cahill explains what Abbott Laboratories CEO Miles White has to gain by wading right into the growing controversy over U.S. companies claiming foreign residence for tax purposes.
|A new Chicago sign spat that doesn’t involve Trump
Magna Hospitality Group is suing to prevent the name of a competing hotel next door from being splashed on the side of a hotel Magna is building. Chicago Real Estate Daily reports.
|With two LaSalle Street hotels, developer comes back for thirds
After developing one hotel on LaSalle Street and starting another last year, Chicago developer Michael Reschke is laying plans for No. 3, the latest in a wave of new hotels planned for the city’s financial district. Chicago Real Estate Daily has more.
|Five detained in China meat scandal
Five people, including the head of a unit of Aurora-based OSI Group, have been detained by Shanghai police as part of an investigation into allegations the firm supplied old and rotten meat to McDonald’s and other chains, according to Reuters.
|McDonald’s vs. Kellogg’s in battle for breakfast dollars
As cereal sales slip, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and others are trying to capitalize on Americans’ desire for high-protein foods for breakfast. But breakfast habits are hard to break, reports the Wall Street Journal.
|Orbitz retools its cheap tickets effort
Chicago-based Orbitz Worldwide today launches a retooled version of CheapTickets.com, its lesser-known U.S. travel agency aimed at those who strive for the lowest prices. It’s all part of a revamp to attract more budget travelers. The Chicago Tribune has more.
|How’d that bank end up in Grant Park?
PNC Bank set up a temporary branch in Grant Park earlier this summer, paying the Chicago Park District $120,000. But some advocates wonder if the bank agreement is another example of city agencies selling or renting out public assets for an infusion of cash — before establishing a formal, transparent process for doing so, writes the Chicago Reader.
|Does your company’s 401(k) rank among the best?
Several Illinois companies scored high marks in a first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S., including Abbott Labs, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Caterpillar and McDonald’s. Bloomberg has the list.