In the News ~ July 23

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.



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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.




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.


Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School 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 …




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 turnoverfinancial aid accesssocial 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



Political News


Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling

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
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 07/22/2014)

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
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 07/23/2014)

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’
(Decatur Herald and Review © 07/23/2014)

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”
(Chicago Press Release Service © 07/22/2014)

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.



National News


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, 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.


Ukraine: Military Jets Shot Down

Ukraine announced on Wednesday that two of its fighter jets (similar to the one shown on left) were shot down over the eastern region, less than a week after a passenger jet was downed in the same area by a missile that the West claims was fired by Russia-backed rebels


Filming Police Encounters

TIME talks with Ramsey Orta, whose footage of Staten Island resident Eric Garner being held down by police before his death turned into a national debate


Ex-Coaches Sue Penn State

Two former assistant football coaches, including Joe Paterno’s son, claim the university unfairly linked them to the Sandusky scandal and seek damages


The Immigrant Soldiers Dying for Israel in Gaza

Young Jews from across the U.S. and Europe, like Max Steinberg from California and Nissim Sean Carmeli from Texas and Jordan Bensemhoun from France, were drawn to Israel and served as ‘lone soldiers’ before their recent deaths in Gaza


Most Overweight Kids Don’t Think They’re Overweight

Some 81 percent of overweight boys and 71 percent of overweight girls in the U.S. believe they’re about the right weight, according to recent data on the misperceptions released by the CDC, and kids who aren’t obese could incorrectly consider themselves that way


School Supplies Cost You More This Summer

The average family with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will shell out about $670 on supplies and the National Retail Federation expects spending this year to reach $74.9 billion, up about 3 percent from last year, amid higher demand for gadgets and more required items


Honduran President Expects Mass U.S. Deportations

Honduras is preparing for a wave of deportations from the U.S., President Juan Orlando Hernández tells TIME. Hernández took power in January to confront what may be the biggest migration crisis in the Central American country’s history


Americans Snag 4 Spots on Man Booker Prize Longlist

Four novels by American authors made the cut for the 2014 Man Booker prize in the first year that the prestigious British award is considering writers from around the world, but not Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Goldfinch


Chrysler Recalls Jeeps Over Ignition-Switch Issues

The automaker announced it will pull up to 800,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Commanders, which may have ignition-switch problems. Chrysler’s recalls come as rival automaker GM has called back nearly 28 million automobiles worldwide for similar issues


Apple Sees Surging iPhone Sales, but iPad Sluggish

Apple topped analysts’ projections in the third quarter of its fiscal year with profits of $7.7 billion, the company disclosed in its quarterly earnings report. That beats projections of $1.23 per share but falls just shy of analysts’ expectations of $38 billion in revenue


David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary in Georgia

The Republican businessman, and nephew of former Governor Sonny Perdue, won the primary runoff with less than 51% of the vote against Representative Jack Kingston. He will take on Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, at the polls in November


Clippers CEO: Doc Rivers Will Quit if Sterling Stays

Doc Rivers, coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, has threatened to leave his post if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team, says interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons. Parson’s comments were made during his court testimony



The Washington Post


Kerry claims progress in push for cease-fire

More than 650 Palestinians have been killed and 4,000 wounded in Israeli airstrikes and artillery attacks in the last 16 days.

Bloomberg protests FAA flight ban


Israel revives punitive home demolitions in West Bank

To deter Hamas, the military plans to destroy the homes of Palestinians accused of violence — displacing families in the process.


The issue that moved a governor to tears

The unaccompanied migrant child dilemma is forcing state officials to have emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversations.


Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails may still be available, House GOP says

FEDERAL EYE | Lawmakers say that the hard drive was only “scratched.” Lerner is set to testify Wednesday.


Her grandfather gave the Redskins their name. She wants to change it.
Jordan Wright, a relative of George P. Marshall, who brought the team to D.C. in 1937, still goes to games.


Perdue wins GOP Senate runoff in down-to-the-wire race in Georgia

The former Dollar General CEO will face Michelle Nunn in what’s expected to be a tight battle.


Whether or not climate change is real, these maggots in her basement are

The effects of climate change are creeping into Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods.


RFK Jr. and the autism-vaccine claim

The activist has mounted a campaign arguing the dangers of vaccines. But what has it cost him?


Ask a Harvard psychologist for advice on how to raise kind children

LIVE Q&A | Richard Weissbourd, who wrote about raising children to be kind, takes your questions.


U.S. releases intelligence on Flight 17

Officials describe the sensitive information as evidence that Moscow trained and equipped rebels who downed the plane.


Word of the Day  Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Hemidemisemiquaver    \ hem-ee-dem-ee-SEM-ee-kwey-ver \


  1. 1.       Music. Chiefly British . a sixty-fourth note.