In the News ~ July 31

Teachers file intent to strike – The Highland Education Association (HEA), the teachers’ union, has filed a notice with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, indicating 174 teachers might go on strike in the coming days. The notice is a legal requirement defined by state law. If a strike happens, it won’t happen until after Aug. 30, when the teachers’ current three-year contract expires.


District 205 teachers prepared to strike
(Galesburg Register Mail © 07/30/2014)

With Tuesday’s failed mediation between the Galesburg Education Association teachers’ union and the Board of Education, teachers are poised to strike.


Dist. 205 teachers vote Thursday on intent to strike
(Galesburg Register Mail © 07/30/2014)

Negotiations between the district 205 Board of Education and the teachers’ union are at an impasse. Teachers will vote on the union’s intent-to-strike at 6 p.m. Thursday.


Galesburg teachers continue negotiation with school board, strike possible
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 07/30/2014)

An agreement between Galesburg teachers and the school board is still ongoing with just days before their contract expires. The president of the Galesburg Education Association, Dave Sharp, said that no agreement was met Tuesday night, July 29.


Galesburg braces for teacher intent-to-strike vote
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 07/30/2014)

Some 675 Galesburg teachers and para-professionals are one step closer to a walkout. That’s as the Galesburg Education Association prepares for an intent-to-strike vote Thursday evening.


Galesburg teachers on verge of strike
(Peoria Journal Star © 07/30/2014)

Teachers in Galesburg District 205 are poised to strike after mediation failed Tuesday between the union and the School Board.


Galesburg Teachers May Soon Strike
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 07/30/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association says contract negotiations with the School District have largely “failed.”


Galesburg teachers picket stalled contract negotiations
(WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 07/30/2014)

Mediation efforts have failed to close the gap so far between teachers and the school board in Galesburg. With only days left before a July 31st deadline, the Galesburg School District and the Galesburg Education Association say they’re still not close to an agreement over a new teacher’s contract.


Union representing former Unit 5 bus drivers files unfair labor practice charge
(WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 07/31/2014)

The Union representing former Unit 5 bus drivers has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Board. …


Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 07/31/2014)

A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.


New law lets more school workers use emergency injection on students
(Chicago Tribune © 07/30/2014)

Trained school employees and volunteers will be allowed to administer an emergency epinephrine injection if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.


Epi-pen can now be delivered by specially-trained school personnel
(WEEK (NBC) 25 Peoria © 07/30/2014)

A new law allows specially-trained school personnel to administer epinephrine to students in life-threatening situations. Epinephrine, commonly known as epi-pen, is a drug used to treat severe allergic reactions. …


Six area school districts open year with new superintendents
(Springfield State Journal Register © 07/31/2014)

For the second time in three years, Springfield-area residents will be getting to know a new wave of superintendents at the start of the school year. Six area districts will head into the 2014-15 school year with either a new full-time superintendent or someone to fill the role on an interim basis for one year.



Lewis Not Discouraged By Trailing Emanuel In Poll
(WBBM TV CBS 2 Chicago © 07/30/2014)

The results of a new public opinion poll show Mayor Rahm Emanuel may not be in as much trouble with voters as some thought and that CTU President Karen Lewis strength may have been overstated, though she disagrees.



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Common Core Rolls Into Reality


Today’s news: WBEZ checks in on what Common Core looks like in classrooms.  Quinn gets union endorsements (though WBEZ says the candidates aren’t that far apart on education).  Joravsky praises CPS-focused performance. Firefighters don’t like CPS preference.


Checking in on Common Core WBEZ: Unless you’re a student or work in a school, you’ve probably never heard what teaching to the new standards sounds like in schools. WBEZ interviewed several teachers from a variety of different schools to look at –and listen to– the standards themselves.


Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States EdWeek: So far there is little sign and not a great deal of precedent that the states backing away from the common core, or considering doing so, will ultimately produce anything that is truly different from those standards.


What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom NPR: The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio’s Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.


Huge confusion in Mississippi over Common Core Hechinger: Under the Common Core standards, students are learning more challenging content earlier. For example, Mississippi’s kindergarteners were expected to count to 20 under the old standards. Under Common Core, they must count to 100.




Quinn gets backing from both statewide teachers’ unions Chicago Tribune: The IFT, which includes the Chicago Teachers Union, also backed Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for re-election against Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.


On education, candidates for Illinois governor closer than they think WBEZ: The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority: education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether.




Principal Principle tells it like it is about teaching in Chicago Reader: Kaufman—who died last week—wrote Up the Down Staircase, one of the great satires about teaching high school in a big city public school system, back in 1965.…


New law lets more school workers use emergency injection on students Chicago Tribune: … inspired in part by the death a year earlier of Katelyn Carlson, a seventh-grader who went into a severe allergic reaction after eating food cooked in peanut oil during a school party at Edison Regional Gifted Center in Chicago’s Albany Park


Rahm: Strength of CPS diversity behind hiring preference plan Chicago Sun-Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to give graduates of Chicago Public Schools a leg up on city jobs — including Chicago firefighters.




Scene of the Crime: ‘It’s Spreading, Spreading More Over Here’ Tribune:  After a three-year-old is wounded in a Brighton Park shooting, residents reveal what life is like among the gangs.


How Health and Housing Relate to Crime in Chicago Chicago Magazine: Chicago’s sickest and most violent neighborhoods are usually one and the same




The biggest benefit of pre-K might not be education Vox: One of the most common arguments in favor of universal pre-K is the argument that it will actually save money: $7 for every $1 invested, according to President Obama’s proposal for expanding pre-K access. Some studies have found an even higher return — as high as $16 to $1 — on investment from sending 4-year-olds to school.


A Shattered School in Gaza New Yorker: Tuesday night, thirty-three hundred people were crowded into the Jabaliya Primary School for Girls, in Gaza, when, according to the United Nations, the school was hit three times by explosions.




Lawsuit Claims D.C. Underfunded Charter Schools To The Tune Of $770 Million WAMU: A charter school advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt alleging that the city’s government funds the two public school systems unequally.


Montgomery County Officials Struggle With Scope Of Unaccompanied Children Crisis WAMU: Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have made their way to Maryland, but the county is still struggling to determine the scope of the response needed, because precise numbers have proved elusive.


Program helps students chart their future EdSource Today: A summer program helps San Francisco high school students get back on track academically – and gives them an introduction to higher education and jobs. “What I took from this program is confidence,” one student said. “If you really want something, there should be no reason you can’t go out and get it.”


Back-to-school sticker shock Marketplace Learning Curve: Huntington Bank is out with its annual “backpack index,” which tracks the cost of school supplies. The bad news: elementary school kids will need $642 in extras this year, middle-school kids will spend an additional $918, and high school students will get hit up for an additional $1,284.


Political News


Two Teachers Unions Back Quinn Despite Pension Strife
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 07/30/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn now has the support of the two statewide teachers unions. The Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed Quinn Wednesday despite the union’s opposition to Quinn’s ideas for pension changes.


Quinn gets backing from both statewide teachers’ unions
(Chicago Tribune © 07/30/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn today formally received the backing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which joined the Illinois Education Association in endorsing the Democratic governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.


Quinn Gets Teachers Unions’ Support
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 07/31/2014)

Governor Quinn is getting the support of both major teachers unions. The Illinois Federation of Teachers announced its support for Quinn yesterday. Board members say Quinn is committed to making sure students have the resources they need to succeed in school.


Quinn gets more teacher union support
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 07/30/2014)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn won the backing of another teachers union Wednesday over Republican opponent Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Federation of Teachers announced it will support Quinn even though the union was one of the harshest critics of Quinn’s effort to cut its members’ pension benefits.


On education, candidates for Illinois governor closer than they think
(WBEZ 91.5 (Chicago) © 07/30/2014)

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority: education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in.


Quinn calls poll giving Rauner double-digit lead phony-baloney
(Chicago Sun Times © 07/30/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday dismissed a recent poll giving his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner a 14-point lead as “phony-baloney” and suggested it’s a bit early to write his political obituary.


Scherer, Bell agree Cullerton pension plan questionable
(Decatur Herald and Review © 07/31/2014)

While they may be challengers this fall, both candidates in the 96th House District have come out firmly against a new pension reform plan proposed by Senate President John Cullerton


Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October
(Chicago Press Release Service © 07/30/2014)

October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day.


Rauner’s Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 07/30/2014)

We all know Bruce Rauner is filthy rich — as Gov. Pat Quinn likes to remind us — but his campaign donors are even richer. …


DATA: Top contributors to governor’s race by type
(Chicago Sun Times © 07/31/2014)

In their latest analysis of political fundraising in the Illinois governor’s race, political website Reboot Illinois has pointed out the stark difference in the types of donors among the top 10 contributors to both the Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner campaigns.


Governor’s race in full swing even if voters are not
(Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 07/31/2014)

Three months remain until the election and both gubernatorial candidates are already in the campaign swing, even if voters are still in vacation mode. Democrat Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner have already shown the willingness to go negative,


Our View: Be careful with political messages
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 07/31/2014)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has taken some heat recently for manipulating headlines in his latest TV ad to help his cause in the race to replace Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.


Editorial: Time to abandon low road
(Quad Cities Dispatch Argus Leader © 07/31/2014)

Bruce Rauner’s campaign deserves the brickbats thrown its way for a television ad released last week which contains non-existent or doctored headlines purported to be from legitimate media sources.



National News


Run schools like a business? Flip that theory to see flaws

Tenure is not granted willy-nilly at the “magic” four years. Nor does it guarantee a job.


Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

Wisconsin’s controversial 2011 law that severely limited collective bargaining for public workers, sparked massive protests and drove the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker was upheld Thursday by the state’s highest court.



Workers’ comp rates to drop 5.5   percent

Gov.   Pat Quinn announced yesterday that workers’ compensation insurance rates in   the state would drop 5.5 percent next year, following a recommendation by the   National Council on Compensation Insurance. The reduction would represent a   cumulative 18 percent cut since workers’ comp reforms were enacted in 2011. Greg Hinz has details.

New-home sales plunge

Sales   of new homes in the 10-county metropolitan area tumbled 24.5 percent during   the second quarter. But that’s not because demand is down. It’s more a case   of “the lack of new-home supply,” says an industry consultant. Chicago Real Estate   Daily has more.

HUD asks CHA to expand vouchers

Just   after a think-tank report saying the Chicago Housing Authority has hoarded   millions of dollars in reserve funds instead of using them for housing for   the poor — and on the heels of Crain’s report   about how some of those vouchers are being used — the U.S. Department of   Housing and Urban Development asked the agency to issue more housing   vouchers, the Tribune reports.

Chicago’s fastest growing   ‘re-startup’

After   starting a company in the 1990s to provide next-day demand forecasts to the   grocery industry, Market6 co-founder Wayne Levy found that switching things   was the key to success. Today the Deerfield-based firm has 475 customers,   with $15 million in 2013 revenue and a 1,977 percent increase in revenue over   the past five years. Crain’s has the story.

Private school wants $40 million   Illinois Medical District campus

Hoping   to improve science education for its low-income minority students, a private   elementary and middle school in the South Loop wants to build a $40 million   campus three miles west in the Illinois Medical District. Crain’s has details.

U.S. House votes to sue Obama

In   a 225-201 vote along party lines, the Republican-led U.S. House of   Representatives yesterday cleared the way to launch a lawsuit accusing   President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his   signature health care law, Reuters reports.

It’s been a bad week for McDonald’s

After   suffering a major labor-law setback two days ago, McDonald’s got hit with a   $27 million verdict in a bizarre case stemming from parking-lot violence at a   Texas restaurant. Bloomberg reports.

Is the recession behind us?

The   Commerce Department reported yesterday that the U.S. economy grew at a   seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4 percent during the second quarter,   surpassing expectations and stirring hopes that it might finally be putting   the lingering effects of the recession behind it, The New York Times   reports.

Target has a new CEO

Still   looking to recover from a massive data breach that rocked the giant retailer,   Target has hired an executive from PepsiCo to lead the Minnesota-based   company. More from the Associated   Press.

Mayor Emanuel defends Chicago   welcome for immigrant children

Chicago   plans to give sanctuary to 1,000 kids fleeing to the U.S. from Central America,   who have been met by the debate over immigration reform. “We are not   only a city of big shoulders, we are a city of big hearts,” he said. DNAinfo Chicago has   more.


‘Determined’ to Destroy Tunnels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to keep up the offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza, until the tunnels it claims are facilitating Hamas’ attacks on Israel are destroyed, continuing a three-week war that has taken a heavy toll on civilians


Ebola Emergency in Sierra Leone

The declaration of a public health emergency allows for a tougher fight against an outbreak that has killed 729 people across West Africa


House to Boehner: Sue Away

A House GOP measure granting Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue Obama passed 225 to 201, without a single Democrat’s support


Exclusive: Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

The Attorney General told TIME in an interview he now opposes certain statistical tools used to determine jail time, citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, which puts the White House at odds with an increasingly effective method for managing prison populations


The Rise of Suburban Poverty in America

The suburbs aren’t the middle-class haven many imagine them to be, with a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution revealing that 16.5 million suburban Americans are living beneath the poverty line


Target’s New CEO to Lead Data Breach Recovery

The retail giant announced on Thursday that PepsiCo exec Brian Cornell, the former head of Sam’s Club, will begin as new CEO as Target prepares to rebound from the fallout wrought by last year’s massive data breach that prompted then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel to resign


Study: E-Cig Benefits Outweigh Their Harms

A new paper looking at more than 80 studies on e-cigarettes’ safety and their effects on users plays devil’s advocate, as not smoking altogether is the healthiest but that e-cigs are much less harmful to smokers and bystanders compared to regular cigarettes


House Approves Veterans Affairs Overhaul

The $16.3 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors, and make firing senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department easier. The 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by Friday


Former Detroit Tiger Charged With Sexual Assault

Evan Reed is accused of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman in Michigan in late March, while knowing the victim was “physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent.” Reed’s lawyer called the charges “ridiculous”


New Trailer for Nolan’s Interstellar Is Out of This World

The visionary director behind the Dark Knight trilogy unveils more footage of his deep-space epic starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine on a mission to explore a newly discovered wormhole and to “surpass the limitations on human space travel”


HealthCare.Gov Diagnosis: Overpriced, Inefficient

Feds badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a House subcommittee Thursday


HBO Slated to Run 6-Hour David Simon Miniseries

The miniseries will be based on the 1999 book Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin and will star Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis and Catherine Keener of Captain Phillips. The show is slated to run for six hours on the premium cable network



The Washington Post


Star witness: McDonnell’s wife proposed deal

Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams testified that Virginia’s then-first lady offered to help his company, with her husband’s blessing, for $65,000.


Western powers suspend democratic efforts in Libya

France evacuated its embassy just days after the departure of U.S. diplomats.


Why suing Obama may be worse for GOP

Unlike impeachment, the Republicans own the lawsuit idea — and its unintended consequences.


‘If we die, we die together as a family’

Some Palestinian families face the macabre decision of whether to split up as the war in Gaza rages. The Balatas chose to stay together. And in one strike, 11 family members were killed.


The House’s short supply of wisdom

House has a pressing issue on the last day before summer break: trying to impeach President Obama.


For Hamas, hospitals, mosques and schools are also armories

And there isn’t much doubt why.


Seeking a new life for crumbling ’50s ghost ship, the SS United States

The designer’s granddaughter wants to preserve the record-setting transatlantic ocean liner.


Sierra Leone declares state of emergency in Ebola crisis

Police and the military are being mobilized to help prevent the deadly disease from spreading.


Activists in China sue over electric shocks used to ‘cure’ homosexuality

Activists said they hoped to change how the medical community viewed homosexuality.


Immigration now Obama’s worst issue

THE FIX | On no other issue is the president polling so poorly. And it’s a striking turn of events.


What Congress should know about Colbert’s ‘Better Know a District’

RELIABLE SOURCE | The series has had more than 80 installments — and more are on the way.


Word of the Day  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Shtick  \ shtik \


1. Slang . one’s special interest, talent, etc.

2.Slang . (especially in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted  to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.