In the News ~ August 13

District 205 teachers reject offer - Teachers rejected a contract offer late Tuesday night from District 205, which means they will be on the picket line Wednesday morning, just one day before school was to begin.

 

Galesburg teachers to begin strike Wednesday morning
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 08/13/2014)

Teachers in Galesburg, Illinois, will begin picketing at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Tuesday afternoon, contract negotiations between the District 205 Board of Education and the Galesburg Education Association ended without an agreement being reached.

 

Galesburg teachers strike over contract
(Quad City Times © 08/13/2014)

A northwestern Illinois teachers union says its members will go on strike after rejecting a contract offered by the public school district. The Galesburg Education Association turned down a contract offer late Tuesday from District 205 after more than 15 hours of mediation in the past two days.

 

WEB EXTRA: Full Statement from Galesburg Education Association
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/13/2014)

Following is the full statement issued Tuesday night by the Galesburg Education Association regarding the strike members are currently on. “The Galesburg Education Association does not accept the offer made by the District 205 Board of Education as it fails to address our primary concerns. The proposal does not adequately address safe working conditions for educators and students.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Galesburg Teachers Reject Contract Offer
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/13/2014)

The teachers of Galesburg will be picketing around their schools starting Wednesday. During a meeting of the Galesburg Education Association Tuesday night at First Lutheran Church, the latest contract offer by the District 205 Board of Education was rejected.

 

BREAKING: Galesburg teachers going on strike
(WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 08/13/2014)

Galesburg teachers have rejected a final contract offer from the Galesburg school board and will go on strike Wednesday. Teachers want a 1.5% increase in pay and want to address issues of safety and number of days worked, but the district says with cuts in state funding, their budget is limited. GEA Spokesperson Tami Qualls tells CBS4 the bargaining team was not in support of the offer.

 

Galesburg teachers officially on strike
(WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 08/13/2014)

This evening the teachers union, General Education Association, held a three hour members meeting and voted to strike rather than adopting the most recent contract offer …

 

District 205 and teachers fail to reach agreement; strike likely
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/12/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association and the District 205 Board of Education were unable to reach an agreement ahead of Thursdays first day of classes, union and board representatives confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

 

Hinsdale Teachers Offer Guide to Ongoing Contract Negotiations
(Hinsdale Patch.com © 08/13/2014)

The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association has composed a ‘quick start’ guide for parents and community members following the ongoing Dist. 86 teacher contract negotiations.

 

Hinsdale District 86 negotiation team offers salary schedule, not automatic raises
(Oak Brook Doings © 08/13/2014)

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board modified its proposal to the district teachers Tuesday to include a salary schedule. The board’s negotiating team made ‘very significant offer,’ said board President Richard Skoda.

 

Negotiations continue over D-86 teacher salaries
(Burr Ridge Suburban Life © 08/12/2014)

While salary negotiations continue between teachers and the district, tensions are mounting over the possibility of a District 86 teacher strike. During the week of July 27, the District 86 Board of Education asked that teachers promise not to go on strike during the upcoming school year.

 

Some Differences Clearly Not Right In Teacher Contract Negotiations
(Darien Patch.com © 08/12/2014)

OPINION By CHRIS FRANK Dist. 86 parent – It is right that the District 86 Board and Hinsdale High School Teachers Association (HHSTA) are engaged in a spirited discussion about what is needed to continue the tradition of excellence at Hinsdale South and Central. There are differences — that is fine, but some differences clearly are not right.

 

2013 Illinois education reports overdue
(WAND (NBC) 17 Decatur © 08/12/2014)

According to Illinois State Board of Education officials, last year’s state education reports have been delayed due to problems collecting information. Officials say they’ve had trouble collecting school district teacher and administrator salary details for the 2013 reports, which were required to be completed last October.

 

School board members strike insurance deal
(Mattoon Journal Gazette © 08/13/2014)

When school district employees return for the new school year, they’ll find their health insurance costs the same. But there will be a different name on the top of the bill. Board members unanimously approved a new health insurance plan provided by Health Alliance of Champaign during the board’s meeting Tuesday.

 

 

CPS touts rising NWEA scores
In the first year that the NWEA is being used for accountability measures, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says that the news that more students are at or above national attainment averages is encouraging. School-by-school scores are yet to come.

CPS principals: The voice you’ve been waiting for
Blaine Principal Troy LaRaviere writes that principals are stepping up to take a more active role in filling committee positions and communicating to the membership of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, as well in advocating for policy.

Comings and Goings: Mayor gets new deputy chief of staff for education; network chief moves on
Arnaldo Rivera moves from CPS into the mayor’s office to advise him on education, as Matt Lyons, deputy chief in the Office of Strategic School Support Services, takes Rivera’s old position as chief operating officer of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

 

 

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A New Voice For CPS Principals

 

Lewis gets bad poll news.  Emanuel returns from NYC.  CPS principals start new advocacy organization.  Reporters dish on covering CPS. Are West Side schools discriminating against poor students? Nationally, Huffington Post reports that Michelle Rhee is leaving StudentsFirst, and the union in Kansas is fighting against the tenure repeal law there.

 

Lewis Not Discouraged By Trailing Emanuel In Poll CBS Local: (CBS) –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.

 

Emanuel Returns From New York, Trumpets Summer Camp Data Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Emanuel cited ramped-up efforts by the Chicago Public Schools to promote day camps and the Chicago Housing Authority to provide vouchers for low-income families.

 

3 homes, $200000-plus pay for possible mayoral candidate Lewis Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president now considering whether to run for mayor, has frequently railed against the influence of the wealthy. “Why do people of wealth and privilege try to convince the world they have neither?” she said on

 

CPS principals: The voice you’ve been waiting for Catalyst: A few months ago, a group of CPS principals began work on what would become the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education (AAPPLE).  AAPPLE—pronounced “apple”—is a member-driven arm of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA).

 

Reporters Dish on Covering Chicago Public Schools Education Week News: And they suggested that Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who is the second schools chief under Emanuel, would be in her post no longer than municipal election time next February, and perhaps would leave sooner.

 

Feds Investigating Claim Of Civil Rights Violations In Schools On Chicago’s  Huffington Post: The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into alleged discrimination taking place at two public schools located on Chicago’s South Side where course offerings have been slashed to the point where physical education is only …

 

NATIONAL

 

Michelle Rhee Prepares To Leave CEO Job At StudentsFirst, Group She Founded HuffPost: The change comes as the education reform movement that Rhee spearheaded has a new face: Former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown.

 

Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School? Politico: In Memphis, Mayor A.C. Wharton, a Bloomberg ally, has engaged in what amounts to a four-year-running battle with his city council to pony up relatively modest sums (less than $1 million a year) to offset the roughly $6 million being invested by Bloomberg’s philanthropy and federal grants.

 

Kansas Union Challenges Tenure-Repeal Law TeacherBeat: The Kansas National Education Association is challenging provisions tacked onto a 2014 budget bill eliminating due process.

 

Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better Hechinger:  In this role, the computer functions not as a grader but as a proofreader and basic writing tutor, providing feedback on drafts, which students then use to revise their papers before handing them in to a human.

 

What Robin Williams Taught Us About Teaching NPR:  As a young, handsome, floppy-haired English teacher with the highly apropos name of John Keating, Williams makes the classroom a stage, pulling out all the stops to get his students excited about the wonders of poetry, and, by extension, life.

 

Video: School supplies cost $20-$100 more this year Today: A survey found that supplies for a middle school student will cost an average of around $312 this fall, up about $100 from last year. Outfitting a student in high school will run about $350, up by about $20.

 

OTHER CITIES

 

McKenna wins key L.A. school board seat, according to unofficial results LA Times: Veteran school administrator George McKenna won his bid for a key seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education besting political newcomer Alex Johnson, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.

 

High-profile Head Start center in the District loses federal funding Washington Post: When Congress reauthorized Head Start in 2007, a little girl named Cynthia Martinez-Cardoso from one of the District’s longest-running Head Start centers sat in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lap as she signed the bill.

 

 

Political News

 

Do recent polls really spell certain victory for Bruce Rauner?
(Huffpost Chicago © 08/12/2014)

As the end of the summer heats up, so does the end of the Illinois’ governor’s race. In the political polls conducted so far, the Republican challenger Bruce Rauner seems to be leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, but the margins vary based on polling entity.

 

Way too early to count out Quinn
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/12/2014)

Republican governor nominee Bruce Rauner seems to have momentum, but it’s much too early to be writing Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn’s concession speech.

 

Quinn, Democrats looking for low-key day at Illinois State Fair
(Chicago Tribune © 08/13/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn and fellow Democrats today will serve up speeches for the party faithful at a brunch and then head to the Illinois State Fair for a picnic, performances and maybe a pork sandwich. Immersed in a rough-and-tumble campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, Quinn wants to bring Democrats together on Governor’s Day at the fair to bolster his re-election bid. …

 

Gov Race: Quinn Won’t Speak at Fair; Rauner Camp Questions Dept of Labor Budget
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 08/13/2014)

Governors Day at the state fair won’t have much of a political flair. That’s because Governor Quinn has canceled all political speeches, for the second year in a row. He says the Black Ensemble Theatre will be taking the stage instead. Quinn says the whole idea is to make the event more fun and family friendly.

 

Politics Notebook: Can Rauner freeze your property taxes?
(Belleville News-Democrat © 08/12/2014)

Concerned about property taxes? Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has an answer. Rauner, in a new robocall, is asking voters to digitally sign a petition at FreezeMyTaxes.com.

 

Rauner keeps up property taxes pressure
(Chicago Daily Herald © 08/12/2014)

Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner has launched a website and enlisted a suburban homeowner for a robocall supporting his effort to freeze suburban property taxes. A recorded call from Joan Zaleski of St. Charles urges people to sign a petition at FreezeMyTaxes.com to back a plan that would keep local government from asking for more tax money unless voters approve. …

 

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols
(Chicago Press Release Service © 08/12/2014)

In order to win a statewide political race, you need at least four things: * An appealing enough personality to gain votes. * Enough money to fund a successful campaign. * A good enough message to convince voters you’re the man for the job

 

Where’s Your $20-Million Being Spent?
(WICS ABC 20 (Springfield) © 08/13/2014)

Illinois Republicans urging Governor Pat Quinn to be more forthcoming about how millions of your tax dollars are being spent. They are calling out Quinn. Specifically, those Republicans are asking where exactly 20-million of your tax dollars are being spent.

 

Quinn trying to buy 2nd election?
(Champaign News Gazette © 08/13/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn is once again spending taxpayer money in an effort to buy votes for re-election. He is claiming that an airport near Peotone will bring economic development to Chicago’s south suburbs.

 

Rauners buy Grand Champion Steer at State Fair
(Quad Cities Dispatch Argus Leader © 08/13/2014)

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor placed a winning bid on a champion steer at the Illinois State Fair. Bruce Rauner is a Winnetka businessman. His campaign says he and wife Diana, as well as the Friends of Pike County 4-H bought the Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer at the Governor’s Sale of Champions at the fairgrounds Tuesday. His spokesman says Rauner…

 

Dying Illinois Race Tracks Seek Gambling Expansion
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 08/13/2014)

The Illinois horse racing industry believes the time is now to allow racing at their facilities, or else hundreds of jobs will be on the line. …

 

Bruce Rauner, release those tax returns
(Chicago Tribune © 08/12/2014)

We’ve all probably seen the TV commercial where an earnest-looking Bruce Rauner declares that he’s ready to go to work for you. Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor, has been emphasizing that he’s a business guy, not a politician. > So, there’s no political record for the voters to evaluate.

 

Republican Leaders Call out Governor on Federal Probe
(WMBD CBS 31 Peoria © 08/12/2014)

Illinois Republican Senate and House leaders called on Governor Quinn Tuesday to “come clean” on new spending for a rebranded version of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative which is now under federal investigation. Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said taxpayers have seen what she calls a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency from the governor on this issue.

 

 

National News

 

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O’Hare at RNC Meeting
(Chicago Press Release Service © 08/12/2014)

A trio of Wisconsin politicians — Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus — came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President Barack Obama, state Democrats and the Chicago Bears.

 

 

Illinois: Middle of the road for   business tax load

Despite   widespread fears to the contrary, Illinois actually is a pretty normal state   when it comes to the overall tax burden imposed on business, according to a   new study. Crain’s Greg Hinz has   more.

Is a new project in the works for   Lakeview Target site?

A   Chicago contractor is buying a property from Target on a busy Lakeview   intersection. Is it a possible first step toward redevelopment of the site? Chicago Real Estate   Daily takes a look.

Why Washington Park needs more than   a TIF

As   city officials push a new TIF for Washington Park, Crain’s Joe Cahill asks   whether it’s the right answer to revitalize the South Side neighborhood.

What the next generation of Siri   means for Chicago tech

As   Dag Kittlaus, the Chicago-area visionary who helped give the world Siri,   rolls out an artificial intelligence system that removes the limitations of   Siri, he tells the Tribune:   “Chicago was heavily involved in this project — maybe not in the tech, but in   the design, the branding and the creative aspects of it.”

Dominick’s site revamp planned near   O’Hare

Bridge   Development Partners plans a $90 million industrial development on the former   Dominick’s Finer Foods distribution campus near O’Hare International Airport,   an area where demand for warehouse space is high but supply is low. Chicago Real Estate   Daily has details.

The makeover Illinois needs to   attract small business

Elliot   Richardson, CEO of the Small Business Advocacy Council in Chicago, offers his   take on what works for small business in the state’s recently published   economic development plan. Read his Crain’s guest op-ed   here.

Salary and three homes could   complicate Lewis fight against ‘Mayor 1%’

Karen   Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president considering a run for mayor, has ripped   Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wealth. But Ms. Lewis herself makes more than $200,000 a   year and has an ownership interest in three homes, including vacation homes   in Hawaii and an upscale area of Southwest Michigan. The Sun-Times reports.

Boeing-Sikorsky team selected for   Army helicopter project

The   Boeing-Sikorsky team, along with Bell Helicopter, has been selected to build   prototypes of a vertical-lift aircraft as part of the U.S. Army’s plan to   replace thousands of helicopters. The project could be worth upward of $100   billion, according to Reuters.

Another guilty plea in Citadel trade   secrets case

From   Bloomberg: A former Citadel employee whose job was to research and develop   high-frequency trading strategies pleaded guilty to obstructing a probe into   the theft of trade secrets from the Chicago-based investment firm. Read more here.

ACLU finds continued racial bias in   Illinois police searches

Police   across the state search the cars of African-American and Latino drivers far   more often than those of whites, but find drugs and other contraband more   frequently in vehicles driven by whites, according to a new report from the   American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune   reports.

 

 

TIME.com

 

A Town on Edge

Anger and frustration mounted in the town of Ferguson, Mo., as officials in St. Louis County remained mum but also ramped up police presence days after an unidentified officer shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown to death

 

More Exercise Isn’t Always Better

There may be an upper limit to how helpful exercise can be on your heart. Those who did the right amount lowered their risk of heart-related death by 63%

 

Hillary to Obama: Let’s Hug

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to patch things up—”hug it out,” a spokesman said—with the President after criticizing his foreign policy

 

Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Bacall’s career spanned more than six decades, and varied from her early days in the Golden Age of Hollywood to the stage. She is immortalized in her famous line in To Have and Have Not, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and … blow”

 

Calif. Neighbors Recall ‘Beloved’ Robin Williams

Residents of Marin County, Calif., mourn the death of Robin Williams, a “beloved” community member. They describe him as a neighborhood fixture who didn’t want to be treated like a celebrity. Williams was found dead on Monday after police said he took his own life

 

E-Cigs Have Become Smokers’ Favorite Quitting Tool

A new study from Kantar Media finds that electronic cigarettes are a more popular tool among smokers who are trying to quit than nicotine gums and patches, with 57% choosing e-cigarettes compared with 39% who used a prescription drug like Chantix

 

Google Invests in a Superfast Cable Across the Pacific

The search giant will partner with five companies to build an underwater cable system from the U.S. West Coast to Japan, delivering incredible speeds of 60 terabytes per second. The project should be completed in 2016 and is described as the largest trans-Pacific cable ever

 

Palestinians Mull Egyptian Proposal for Gaza Truce

Negotiators were mulling over an Egyptian proposal to end the month-long war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire, during which Israel has halted military operations and Gaza militants have stopped firing rockets, was due to expire at midnight on Wednesday

 

North Dakota Considers New Energy Regulations

The federal government is weighing new rules to bolster the safety of trains transporting flammable material, but the safety push could run into trouble in North Dakota, at the heart of the oil boom and the source of much of the crude sliding along the nation’s rails

 

Justin Bieber Stays Out of Jail in DUI Case

The pop star is basically off the hook for engaging in what looked like an illegal drag race in Miami. On Wednesday, he’ll plead guilty to two misdemeanors as part of a court deal to avoid a DUI charge that could have yielded more serious consequences

 

Dramatic Scenes of Iraqi Helicopter Crash Aftermath

A helicopter delivering aid to displaced civilians of the Yazidi ethnicity crashed in northern Iraq on Tuesday; the pilot was killed and several passengers were injured, including Moises Saman, an award-winning Magnum photographer on assignment for TIME

 

Top Math Prize Awarded to a Woman for the First Time

Iranian mathematician and Stanford professor Maryam Mirzakhani received the Fields Medal, considered the Nobel Prize of math, and marked an important milestone in the male-dominated academic field. All 52 previous winners of the award were men

 

 

The Washington Post

 

In Turkey, a late crackdown on Islamist fighters

For many months, the militants in Syria and Iraq grew in power partly by using the border region of a NATO member — Turkey — as a strategically vital supply route and entry point to wage war.

 

The death of American optimism

We don’t think our leaders can fix even easy problems now.

 

Days before death, a hard-fought prize: A diploma

Before his fatal police encounter, he was just Mike Brown.

 

Sultry siren of screen, stage

Plucked from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, the bewitching blonde was one of the most captivating stars of Hollywood’s studio era.

 

Suicide, contagion and social media: Dangers of sharing ‘Genie, you’re free’

THE INTERSECT | A viral Robin Williams tweet seems to violate standards for talking about suicide.

 

A real moment of truth looms for opponents of gerrymandering

THE FIX | Florida just re-drew its congressional lines — barely. Does this mean the reform effort failed?

 

Unlike some predecessors, Obama has spent little time grooming a successor

DEBRIEF | Clinton reignites a debate over what Democrats stand for while Obama remains in office.

 

Iran’s supreme leader throws support behind Iraq’s new prime minister

Nouri al-Maliki vows to resist any transfer of power. France, meanwhile, ships arms to Kurds.

 

AP video journalist, interpreter among 5 killed at Gaza Strip ordnance dump

Simone Camilli was filming efforts to defuse a bomb when a series of explosions happened.

 

 

Word of the Day  Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Desiderium  des-i-DEER-ee-uhm

noun;

  1. 1.    an ardent longing, as for something lost.