In the News ~ August 26

Mediation resumes today ~ As the Galesburg teachers’ strike enters day 14, bargaining teams for the teachers’ union and board of education are meeting for the fourth mediation session since the strike began. The talks are down to a single issued, Galesburg Education Association and Board of Education representatives confirmed after Sunday’s mediation. Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, both sides will be hashing out…

 

Streaks Notebook: Spikers prepare without a home
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/26/2014)

Galesburg High School’s volleyball team hosted its annual Meet the Streaks on Monday night at the Hawthorne Centre Gym. And hopefully they will be opening the season on time and hosting Canton on Thursday evening at John Thiel Gymnasium. That’s if the Galesburg Education Association and District 205 oard of Education can resolve the teachers’ strike before then.

 

Editor’s Notebook: Strike presents challenges
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/26/2014)

The District 205 teachers’ strike has yielded many conspiracy theories and claims of deception. It’s also heaped plenty of criticism on The Register-Mail for siding with the board or the teachers or not asking the right questions or making mistakes with our coverage. I can assure you that our aim here is true. Our agenda is to get information to the public about the strike and the issues surround…

 

Galesburg teachers, IEA testing recall rights, educator says
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/26/2014)

The dispute between Galesburg teachers and the school district possibly has larger implications with influence from the Illinois Education Association, according to a former district official. Guy Cahill, the former assistant superintendent of finance and operations, said the IEA is in town to use Galesburg as a sort of litmus test to see if it can successfully reform recall rights,

 

Galesburg contract negotiations hang on teacher recall rights
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 08/25/2014)

Contract negotiations between the Galesburg Education Association (GEA) and the Galesburg Board of Education remain at a standstill. According to both parties, all contract issues have been smoothed out except for teacher recall rights. Under new state law, teachers are grouped into four categories: Distinguished, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Unsatisfactory.

 

Biden pens note to JCHS teacher in response to student magazine
(Joliet Times Weekly © 08/25/2014)

A photography magazine created by three recent graduates from Joliet Central High School prompted a letter from U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden. *

 

Hultgren hears about Common Core pitfalls during roundtable
(Chicago Daily Herald © 08/26/2014)

With the new Common Core federal education standards seemingly here to stay in Illinois, Congressman Randy Hultgren hosted a small group of educators, parents and school board members Monday night to determine how to avoid any major implementation issues.

 

North Shore schools to add program for at-risk students
(Chicago Tribune © 08/26/2014)

Local officials on the North Shore are hoping to soon launch a new education program that would provide vocational training to eligible students at Glenview’s Wagner Farm. The program, called Alternative Learning Opportunity Program, would offer horticulture and agriculture education and work experience to students who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school.

 

Weather forcing schools to dismiss early
(Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 08/25/2014)

Hot weather is having an impact on students around the area. Some districts have been shortening days. Monday was the third school day in a row Champaign Central High School dismissed early. WCIA-3′s Anna Carerra has more.

 

Unit 5 budget cutting leading to larger class sizes
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/26/2014)

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has cut $2.7 million to balance its budget.(Photo by Laura Ewan/WJBC) By Eric Stock NORMAL – Unit 5′s budget cutting is leading to larger classes sizes this year. Twenty eight teaching positions were eliminated – all through retirements and other departures. No teachers were laid off. The district has also cut three administrator positions as …

 

District 150 Projects $12.5 Mil Budget Deficit in 2015
(WMBD CBS 31 Peoria © 08/26/2014)

Peoria Public Schools believes it is time to find new streams of revenue after unveiling a multi-million dollar deficit for next academic year. The district spoke on money woes during Monday’s board meeting. District 150 Schools says its budget challenges are driven more by lack of revenue than overspending.

 

Heyworth teacher faces drug charges
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 08/26/2014)

A Heyworth high school teacher was scheduled to be released from jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond Monday after his weekend arrest on cocaine charges. Chris Martoglio, 37, of the 1200 block of Nicki Drive, Bloomington, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

 

Former Springfield teacher gets seven years in prison for sexual abuse
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/25/2014)

A former Springfield School District teacher convicted of sexually abusing a boy more than a decade ago was sentenced in Sangamon County Circuit Court Monday to seven years in prison. Circuit Judge Leslie Graves handed down the sentence to Steven R. Battles, 59, who pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for repeatedly fondling a boy between 1999 and 2002. 

 

The hidden lessons from closing 50 schools
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/25/2014)

The scrap heap of Illinois history is piled high with long-forgotten government reports. Many of them deserve their fade into tattered obscurity, but occasionally a research effort merits a bright spotlight. 

 

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Grad Rate Jumps 4 Pct, Says CPS

 

CPS says that grad rates are up 4 percent over last year — what do you think? Meantime, an old video of Karen Lewis suggests she might have changed her mind about job training. Plus: Dyett, Youth Alternative, etc.  In comments: charter schools already started, and longer school days should or shouldn’t require extra pay. Elsewhere, LA is doing its iPad contract over. More Chicago education news throughout the day at @district299.

 

CITYWIDE

 

CPS graduation rate jumps 4% to record high Chicago Sun-Times: With the start of the school year less than a week away, it is a good time to step back and consider where we are, the progress we’ve made, and the work we have yet to do. W

 

Emanuel, Byrd-Bennett say CPS graduation rate up 4% in 1 year Chicago Sun-Times:  The latest evidence of progress at Chicago Public Schools is a record high school graduation rate of 69.4 percent for the last school year, a 4 percent increase from just a year ago.

 

POLITICS

 

Old video suggests shift in Karen Lewis’ views on job training Chicago Sun-Times: Now, a videotaped interview of Lewis has surfaced in which the possible mayoral challenger appears to be arguing just the opposite.

 

Teachers get creative to find time for professional development Catalyst: On a sunny August morning, several dozen teachers from a range of schools crowded into the cafeteria of Prieto Math and Science Academy in Belmont-Cragin. No children were in the room. On this day, teachers were the students, and the class was the Lesson Study Alliance’s summer institute.

 

SCHOOLS

 

Dyett Protesters Say CPS is Urging Students to Abandon School DNAinfo: Dyett High School students are being urged by CPS to abandon the school immediately, before its final year begins, according to protesters trying to keep the school open.

 

Latino Youth Alternative School teachers to vote on union contract Catalyst: Nearly five years after they started organizing to form a union, teachers at the alternative Latino Youth High School in Pilsen say they’re preparing to vote on their first labor contract.

 

North Shore schools to add program for at-risk students Tribune: Local officials on the North Shore are hoping to soon launch a new education program that would provide vocational training to eligible students at Glenview’s Wagner Farm.

 

OTHER CITIES

 

LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes internal emails KPCC: Three days after KPCC published internal emails showing top L.A. Unified officials and executives from Pearson and Apple met and discussed bringing tablet-driven education software to the classroom, the school district announced Monday it will cancel the contract with Apple and Pearson and open its one-to-one technology project to new bids.

 

D.C. Extends Day At 25 Schools, Hoping That More Time Means Better Scores WAMU: Students at 25 D.C. public schools will stay in school longer every day, a move that city officials hope will help struggling students catch up with their peers.

 

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos AP: Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.

 

A Tale Of Two Dueling Childhood Education Initiatives Seattle Public Radio: This fall, Seattle voters will choose between two early childhood education ballot initiatives. If you want to weigh in on the issue, you’ll have to pick a favorite – even if you want neither to pass. KUOW Education Reporter Ann Dornfeld gives us the latest on the two competing ballot initiatives .

 

Michigan Unions Brace For Teacher Opt-out Decision AP: Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year. Other major unions, covered by multi-year contracts, won’t reach the opt-out point until 2015 or later.

 

Support staff growth modest here, while nationally it explodes Seattle Times: While public school enrollment in Washington has surged by more than 23 percent since 1990, the state still employs roughly the same number of school support staff as it did a generation ago, making us either admirably lean or in dire need of more classroom aides – depending on your perspective.

 

NATIONAL

 

Rick Scott Unveils New Education Initiatives To Calm Common Core Critics Reuters: Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, unveiled two new education initiatives on Monday aimed at calming critics of “common core” national curriculum standards and countering his main Democratic rival’s attacks on his record.

 

Generation Later, Poor Are Still Rare at Elite Colleges NYT: A series of federal surveys of selective colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off — less than 15 percent by some measures — even though there was a huge increase over that time in the number of such students going to college.

 

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software NPR: One company and its algorithms are changing the way America’s schools handle classroom ethics.

 

Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? NPR: Classroom enables a teacher to create a “class” at the touch of a button. She or he can upload syllabus materials, whether text, audio, or video, and send out assignments on the class news feed.

 

New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school Washington Post: Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time. And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

 

Op-Ed Contributor: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services NYT: Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.

 

 

Political News

 

Biden, Christie in Ill. for governor’s race
(DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 08/26/2014)

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrats challenger, Republican Bruce Rauner. Biden and Christie waded into issues that have been campaign themes on both sides

 

Political Big Wigs on IL Gov. Campaign Trail
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 08/26/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has trailed challenger Bruce Rauner in virtually every poll taken this year, but the latest poll taken by the Garen Young Research Group shows Rauner’s lead within the statistical margin of error. So as we sit just 71 days before the election both candidates welcomed national political heavyweights to the Land of Lincoln on Monday. …

 

Vice president campaigns for Illinois governor
(Joliet Herald News © 08/26/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago to make a push for the minimum wage and fundraise for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Biden participated Monday in a discussion with business owners, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Quinn about raising wages. The event was closed to reporters. Afterward, Biden praised Quinn and Emanuel for efforts to increase the minimum wage.

 

Biden, Emanuel, Quinn talk minimum wage in Chicago
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/26/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden visited Chicago on Monday for fund-raising but first stopped for a talk about the minimum wage with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and others.

 

Biden stumps for Quinn, higher wages
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 08/25/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago to make a push for the minimum wage and fundraise for Gov. Pat Quinn. Biden participated Monday in a discussion with business owners, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Quinn about raising wages. The event was closed to reporters. Afterward, Biden praised Quinn and Emanuel for efforts to increase the minimum wage.

 

Christie warns Illinois Democrats using ‘every trick in the book’ to help Quinn
(Chicago Tribune © 08/25/2014)

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie today accused Gov. Pat Quinn and the states ruling Democrats of manipulating efforts to enhance their ticket, using techniques such as legalizing same-day registration on Election Day in an effort to boost turnout and blunt a GOP challenge from Bruce Rauner.

 

Gov. Christie ‘You people in Illinois make New Jersey blush’
(Sterling Sauk Valley News © 08/26/2014)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie questioned the motivation behind Illinois’ new same-day voter registration law and the state’s certified ballot as he campaigned for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday, the same day Vice President Joe Biden was expected in Chicago.

 

Chris Christie trashes Quinn as ‘miserable, failed’ governor
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/26/2014)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie trashed Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democratic ‘machine’ in a visit to Chicago on Monday, calling into question recent Election Day-related court decisions and legislation – including new, same-day voting registration passed in Illinois.

 

Christie chides Quinn in fundraising stop for Rauner
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/26/2014)

It’s not just Illinois Republicans and Democrats who are concerned with who wins the governor’s race. Both Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are getting help from the national party organizations. …

 

Poll takers mostly favor Rauner
(Mattoon Journal Gazette © 08/25/2014)

More than half of those responding to the latest JG-TC online poll say they will vote for the GOP candidate for Illinois governor this fall. When asked, “Who will get your vote this fall for Illinois governor?”, those taking the poll responded as follows: * 20.7 percent, Democrat Pat Quinn. * 61 percent, Republican Bruce Rauner. * 7.2 percent, Other. * 11.1 …

 

Joe Biden’s secret fundraisers
(Politico.com © 08/26/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden has been crisscrossing the country attending closed-door fundraisers and donor events for Democratic House candidates but you wont find many on his schedule. In Seattle, Biden worked a photo line at Boeing Field before taking off on Air Force Two. In New York, Biden hit up donors at a hotel in a lower Manhattan after addressing the Goldman Sachs energy conference.

 

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 08/25/2014)

It wasn’t a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. …

 

Quinn vetoes statewide ride-share legislation
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch © 08/26/2014)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn’t want to put in place a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ on an industry best regulated at the local level.

 

Quinn vetoes bills that would have regulated UberX, Lift other apps
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 08/25/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed two related bills that would have placed statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app. The governor vetoed the measure Monday, saying it would’ve prevented local governments from adopting rules that fit their communities.

 

Ridesharing? OK. But how about regulationsharing?
(Chicago Sun Times © 08/25/2014)

I’m all in favor of anyone who can figure out how to build a better mousetrap. That’s the American way. Where I would have a problem is if they were to call the mousetrap a rodent restriction device in an effort to avoid government regulations on mousetrap safety.

 

Sen. Brady: Honeymoon over for Quinn
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/26/2014)

The November election is getting closer and the fight for the governor’s mansion is going to be a tough one. That’s according to State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), who told WJBC’s Red Pitcher Republican gubernatorial candidate…

 

Editiorial: Even a little step toward cuts is worth noting
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 08/26/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn quietly signed a bill last week that takes a small step toward giving taxpayers a chance to reduce the number of local governments in Illinois. A really small step. Almost too small to notice. House Bill 5785 gives the most obscure units of local government the power to eliminate themselves.

 

 

National News

 

30 years post-Greylord, disbarred   lawyer wants law license back

An   attorney convicted in Operation Greylord is trying to win back his law   license. He’s not the first to try to come back from the federal corruption   probe that brought down about 100 officials in the 1980s. But if he’s   successful, he’d be the first lawyer to win reinstatement. Crain’s reports.

Why MIT grads bypass the Fortune 500   for Elgin

So   far, Compass Automation in Elgin says it has made eight offers to MIT grads   and hired eight MIT grads, edging out Fortune 500 employers. Crain’s visits the suburban startup that   specializes in designing, building and programming custom manufacturing   equipment to find out why.

How foreclosed homes may prevent   your basement from flooding

Instead   of flipping foreclosed homes for a profit, some organizations are using them   as sponges, converting the property into “rain gardens” to help   ease the flooding that’s been ravaging Illinois. Crain’s has more.

Welcome to advertising’s new model

Even   blue-chip brands are ditching age-old agency-of-record relationships,   choosing to rely on project-based work with companies that can produce the   best ideas quickly and under budget. Enter O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, which   is rushing to provide that agility and creativity. Crain’s has their story.

Boeing, others contractors shrinking   defense jobs

Politico finds the five largest U.S. defense   firms, including Boeing’s defense unit, have sliced 70,000 jobs since 2008.   The job losses make clear just how quickly the fortunes of the defense   industry are changing.

Ravinia music director leaving

Ravinia   Music Director James Conlon will step down next year as the North Shore music   festival revisits how it approaches classical music. Crain’s Shia Kapos has more.

Unions hit airlines on fuel-tax   breaks

In   Illinois, airlines are getting $85 million a year in tax breaks on jet fuel,   while nationwide those tax savings add up to $1 billion a year, according to   a new study funded by a national labor union. The Chicago Tribune has more.

Another Daley at City Hall?

The Sun-Times reports that attorney Patrick   Thompson, who now lives in the 11th Ward home of his famous grandfather, the   late Mayor Richard J. Daley, plans to run for alderman.

Are first graduates of Urban Prep   still in college?

The Chicago Tribune checks in with graduates   of Urban Prep’s first class to send all its members off to college to see how   the young men are faring on campus.

The abrasiveness trap: How gender   roles play out in performance reviews

Fortune crunches numbers from performance   reviews in the tech industry and discovers that women get more critical   feedback, and have to battle the conception that they are too abrasive.

 

 TIME.com

 

BK Has It Their Way

Burger King’s purchase of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. will create the world’s third-largest fast-food company, whose new corporate headquarters will be in Canada, a move that may help the burger giant lower its taxes

 

Foreigners Flee Ebola’s Wrath

Some fear that the exodus of international families and businesses from West Africa due to the outbreak could cripple the region’s growing economies

 

No ISIS Plot Yet, Says U.S.

Governments are concerned over ISIS fighters with passports from Western countries, but the U.S. has found no evidence of a plot against the homeland

 

Emmys 2014: Winners, Losers and Everything in Between

Modern Family continued its dominance with Best Comedy while Breaking Bad ended its Emmy run with another impressive display: The show earned Best Drama and Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn picked up acting honors

 

W.H.O. Urges Stricter Regulation of E-Cigs

New recommendations over the sale and use of e-cigarettes, released in a report Tuesday, include tighter controls over advertising and flavored products as well as bans on sales to minors and “vaping” indoors

 

California Quake May Cost Wine Country Billions

Experts say the total economic losses from Sunday’s quake that rattled Napa Valley may reach billions of dollars, but that things would have been much worse had the current year’s grape harvest been fully picked when the quake hit

 

No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays, VA Says

The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments

 

Israel Destroys 2 Gaza High-Rises in Escalation

Israel bombed two high-rises with dozens of homes and shops in Gaza City on Tuesday — an apparent new tactic aimed at increasing pressure on Hamas — collapsing one and severely damaging the other in an escalation of weeks of cross-border fighting

 

Burning Man Reopens After Rain Delays Festival

The festival’s Reno gates were set to reopen at 6 a.m. local time. on Tuesday after police turned away cars on Monday due to inclement weather; hundreds of stranded travelers took refuge in casinos or the local Wal-Mart parking lot

 

Report: U.S. Begins Surveillance Flights Over Syria

Officials said the flights began with President Obama’s approval, which could lead to airstrikes against militant targets; Obama has not approved military action but additional intelligence on the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria would likely be needed before a next step

 

States With Medical-Pot Laws Have Less Opioid ODs

New research finds that states with medical-marijuana laws have 25% lower rates of anticipated opioid-related deaths from medicine prescribed for chronic pain, like OxyContin and Percocet, than states where weed isn’t legal — though it’s not totally clear why

 

Kill Switches on Smartphones Now Mandatory in California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation on Monday, mandating that every smartphone sold in California after July 1, 2015, be equipped by default with a kill switch, a feature that can render the device useless if stolen 

 

The Washington Post

 

Ukraine detains Russian soldiers near border

A Russian official said the paratroopers had crossed the border by accident and surrendered without attempting to resist.

 

How the Qataris helped free a U.S. hostage in Syria

Peter Theo Curtis was released Sunday.

 

Can Obama and Congress unite against the Islamic State?

FINE PRINT | The president and Congress must work together in countering the threat to the United States.

 

A lopsided war of attrition: Fighting in Gaza hits Day 50

Both sides are less angry than exhausted, and without a truce, the war could drag on for weeks.

 

Oh, Canada! Burger King to buy Tim Hortons for $11B.

Move may help Burger King lower its taxes.

 

A big night for ‘Breaking Bad’

TV REVIEW | The show raked in three major acting awards, plus best drama series, but helped make the night feel so 2011.

Who are you wearing? Uhhh …

Welcome to a night of glitz, glamour and A-list shills — a few of whom can’t remember their designers’ names.

 

Report: China strives for fastest submarine ever

It would reportedly ‘fly’ through the sea in an air bubble, says South China Morning Post.

 

U.S. hush-hush on where its Islamic State bombing runs begin

The locations of the units involved are masked to avoid embarrassing partners in the region.

 

The early 2016 primary calendar is now set. It will change.

THE FIX | Republicans have increased the penalties for flouting their rules. But Democrats haven’t.

 

Word of the Day  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Rusticate  \ RUHS-ti-keyt \

verb;

1. to go to the country.

2. to stay or sojourn in the country.

3. to send to or domicile in the country.

4. to make rustic, as persons or manners.

5. to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggest rustication.

6. British . to suspend (a student) from a university as punishment.

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