In the News ~ August 27

NO DEAL: GEA, District 205 reach impasse – After more than eight hours of negotiations, the Galesburg Education Association and District 205 Board of Education reached an impasse Tuesday in contract talks. “We gave three different supposals to try to solve Rif/Recall language and then learned at about 9 p.m. the board was given a directive not to go any further on the Rif Recall language than they had …


No deal in Galesburg; teachers strike enters third week
(Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 08/27/2014)

There is still no deal between the teachers union and the school board in Galesburg, Illinois, as the teachers strike now enters its third week. Members of the Galesburg Education Association bargaining team could be seen hugging and wiping away tears as they left the Lincoln Education Center Tuesday night after eight hours of negotiations with a federal mediator.


No deal for Galesburg teachers, talks resume Wednesday
(WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 08/27/2014)

The Galesburg School District and the teachers union have failed to strike a deal Tuesday night after nearly nine hours of negotiations. Both sides will meet again Wednesday at 10:00 am. Galesburg Education Association negotiators are trying to, in their words, make sure teachers are evaluated fairly. According to the GEA, they need to make sure good educators are kept, regardless of their cost….


Galesburg teachers strike will continue
(WEEK (NBC) 25 Peoria © 08/27/2014)

Students in Galesburg District 205 will remain out of the classroom Wednesday after another round of negotiations failed to end a 14 day old strike. Talks will resume Wednesday morning at 10 AM. …


Deal Not Reached In Tuesday Contract Talks
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/27/2014)

The District 205 Board of Education says they will not further rewrite a teacher evaluation plan. More than eight hours of mediation Tuesday failed to reach a contract settlement between District 205 and the Galesburg Education Association. Emotions ran high at the conclusion of last night’s mediation session with the GEA claiming they had submitted several “supposals.”


Galesburg Teacher Negotiations Continue
(WMBD CBS 31 Peoria © 08/27/2014)

Just one sticking point left for Galesburg teachers and school board members to hash out. Negotiations began at 2 Tuesday afternoon and continued well into the night. It’s been fourteen days since Galesburg teachers set out to strike. The Galesburg Education Association and School Board were stuck on the point of teacher evaluations. G.E.A negotiators are trying to, in their words…


GEA stands by recall rights request as mediation gets underway today
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/26/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association still says there is one hang up between the union and the school board heading into today’s negotiations. GEA spokeswoman Tami Qualls said recall rights —  the ranking system for hiring and firing teachers during reduction in force periods — is still the hang-up point moving forward in negotiations with School District 205.


District Accuses Union of Last-Minute Changes
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/26/2014)

The Galesburg School Board is accusing the Galesburg Education Association of not giving the whole story when it comes to what’s been described as the only remaining issue in contract negotiations that, so far, have extended a teachers strike into its third week. The District-205 Board issued a statement yesterday accusing the GEA of working to change issues related to recall rights of tea…


Teachers Union Responds to District Allegations
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/26/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association is responding to allegations made about the union’s contract negotiating motives as those talks resume this afternoon. As has typically been the case, the Galesburg Education Association’s Negotiation team entered to the sound of applause at Lincoln School this afternoon, after mediation on Sunday.


WEB EXTRA: Listen to Tuesday’s Galesburg Education Association Press Conference Here
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/26/2014)

The Galesburg Education Association held a press conference this afternoon, to respond to allegations the Galesburg School District made regarding the union’s stand on recall rights, as a strike enters its third week. Listen to the GEA’s press conference, as originally broadcast live on WGIL, below….


Former Superintendent Reacts to Current Teachers Strike
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/26/2014)

A retired Galesburg School District Superintendent says he remembers a time when negotiating a new contract with the teachers union was, perhaps, much more harmonious then it is now. Gene Denisar retired as Superintend…


Tom Loewy: Residents offer differing views on strike
(Galesburg Register Mail © 08/27/2014)

Kristal Frisque found the perfect spot for her three kids — and one of the neighbors — to beat Galesburg’s late-August heat surge. The 37-year-old mom wasn’t the only parent, grandparent or baby sitter who sought relief at one of Galesburg’s three park-based pools. With a teacher’s strike hitting its 14th day and Lakeside


Backpack program to assist hungry students
(Alton Telegraph © 08/27/2014)

The community is partnering with the Central Illinois Food Bank on a new program to make sure students in the school district do not go hungry over the weekend. Community leaders and the school district are working together to make sure every student can study and learn without the distraction of hunger.


Simon checking up on Dist. 87 students
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 08/27/2014)

College Class of 2025, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is keeping an eye on you. The state is part of an alliance committed to having 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 64 with a college degree or post-secondary certificate by 2025. Simon, who has made education a focal point of her term as lieutenant governor, visited third-graders in Bloomington District 87′s Oakland Elementary School…


Illinois Lt. Governor impressed with BJHS
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 08/27/2014)

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is impressed with what Bloomington Junior High School is doing to educate students, especially when it comes to using technology. Students in 6th and 7th grade at the school have been working in a one-to-one laptop …


Common Core can be confusing for kids and parents
(Joliet Herald News © 08/27/2014)

Common Core math can be frustrating, especially for a parent who wants to help a child with homework. Related Links Common Core can be confusing for kids and parents Joliet high school district balances budget JTHS educators receive grants from Ecolab JWHS dean awarded College Board Professional Fellowship Back to School Fair draws hundreds Joliet grade school board reviews tentative budget …


Rockford School Board accepts $20,000 robotics grant
(Rockford Register Star © 08/27/2014)

The Rockford School Board Tuesday formally accepted a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for the districts FIRST Robotics Roll Out, a three-part program for students in all grades. The parts are FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge for high school students, FIRST Lego League for fourth- through eighth-graders and Ju…


RPS 205 awarded robotics grant
(Rockford Rock River Times © 08/27/2014)

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has awarded Rockford Robotics, through RPS 205, a $20,000 grant for the FIRST Robotics Roll Out. FIRST means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The Rockford School Board formally accepted the grant tonight.


Illinois high schools reworking exam schedules
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 08/26/2014)

High schools in the Chicago suburbs are moving up final exams to before winter break to increase efficiency for teachers and students. The Daily Herald reports ( ) Barrington High School is making the change this school year, following relatively recent schedule shifts in Elgin and Carpentersville.


Ball-Chatham board approves $33M budget
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/26/2014)

The Ball-Chatham School District continues to tweak its staff to make do with reduced state funding. On Monday, the school board approved a tentative budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The roughly $33 million spending plan leaves just $2,472 after expenditures, but that hasn’t been without slimming expenses. Illinois school districts will receive about $5,445 per student in general state a…


Better Schools Brighter Future Supports Dist. 205 Referendum
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 08/26/2014)

The Rockford Public School District is asking for our votes in order to move forward with its 10-year facilities plan to upgrade all schools. That is where Better Schools Brighter Future comes in. The campaign supported by community leaders and members, just relaunched today.



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Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters


Karen Lewis’ media tour continues. PURE’s Julie Woestehoff has moved on.  Jackie Robinson West kids mostly attend magnet and charter schools. South and West Side violence has deep effects on those who experience the trauma. CPS won’t delay high school start times despite what pediatricians say. The Tribune finds some of Urban Prep’s grads but can’t find out how well the class of 2010 has done. Five rounds of testing in a suburban kindergarten is too much, says a teacher. Also — how’s it going for charter school teachers and parents so far?




Undermining Kindergarten, One Test at a Time Sun Times:  In a Chicago suburb, the youngest students take five rounds of standardized tests.


Pediatricians’ warning won’t force CPS to push back start times Chicago Sun-Times:  joked with Barbara [Byrd-Bennett] the other day — I joked with my wife, Amy, also —that we’re gonna start the school day a little later. I would like the mayor’s day to start a little later, too. We’re gonna tie the two together.




Karen Lewis visits to talk with local residents The Beverly Review:  Teachers Union President Karen Lewis talks with former television anchorman and political reporter Walter Jacobson during a “Conservations with Karen” event held at the Beverly Woods Restaurant on Aug. 19.


Can Karen Lewis guard the henhouse? Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is clearly preparing to run for mayor of Chicago — filing the necessary forms with the State Board of Elections, circulating petitions to get on the ballot and meeting with community groups




Moving on PURE Parents: After nearly 25 years with PURE, I have left Chicago and moved to Wyoming (yes, you read that right!) with my husband Larry.


Chicago’s Little League Champs Return as Heroes ABC News: Of the Jackie Robinson West players who attend Chicago public schools, most attend magnet and charter schools.




Youth seek solutions as Chicago’s violent summer persists PBS NewsHour:  Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was fatally shot at least four times in a South Side backyard just blocks away from his home, according to the Chicago Tribune.  This real-time map, created by Chicago-Sun Times before the the summer began, pinpoints and identifies every shooting recorded during each weekend, the most violent period of time.


In Chicago’s War Zones, the Tragedy Extends Beyond the Kids Who Die Reader: Violence in the city’s neighborhoods leaves behind PTSD and “toxic stress”—which can create more violence in its wake.




Calls grow for wider inquiry into bidding on L.A. Unified iPad project LA Times: A day after Los Angeles Unified abruptly suspended the contract for its controversial iPad project, there were growing calls for a more thorough investigation into whether the bidding process for the $1-billion program was improperly handled.


The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know KPCC: The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here’s what happened.


Despite Racial Disparity, Alumni Group Backs Test-Only Policy for Elite Schools NYT: Very few black and Hispanic students attend New York City’s eight specialized high schools, which base admissions solely on the results of a standardized test.




Primary Round-Up: Races Across the Country Showcase Education Issues EdWeek: High-profile governor and state education chief races in Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont highlight the common core and education funding as top campaign issues.


Teaching computer science — without touching a computer Hechinger:  It may not look like it, but the children engaged in these exercises are learning computer science. In the first activity, they’ve turned themselves into a sorting network: a strategy computers use to sort random numbers into order. And in the second activity, they’re acting out the process by which computer networks route information to its intended destination.



Political News


Is Pat Quinn’s reelection in trouble?
(Huffpost Chicago © 08/26/2014)

As the Illinois governor’s race marches ever closer to the November election, both candidates have nine weeks of hard campaigning ahead of them. But Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s road might have gotten just a bit harder, writes Madeleine Doubek. A report from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza found that the Illinois Department of Transportation did not follow may not have followed proper …


How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 08/26/2014)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? …


Miller: Dems hope minimum wage referendum drives voters to polls
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 08/27/2014)

Some recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase voter turnout for a non-binding November ballot referendum. The poll found that 84 percent of registered Chicago voters support a city task force recommendation to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next three years.


Our View: Michael Madigan 2, political reform 0
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/27/2014)

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner’s term limits ballot initiative has joined the Independent Maps effort in the Nov. 4 graveyard, with an Illinois appellate court and the Illinois Supreme Court last week joining a Cook County circuit judge in booting the measure from the ballot, ruling that such reform is not kosher with the Illinois Constitution.


Our View: Not what we thought?
(Peoria Journal Star © 08/27/2014)

Even when state government was in the deepest of its budget doldrums, seemingly incapable of doing anything right, the one thing amiable Gov. Pat Quinn always had going for him with most Illinoisans was well, at least he’s not corrupt, as his immediate two predecessors so obviously were or so their juries decided.


Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn’t Like Democracy
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 08/26/2014)

Something not all that unusual happened in Illinois politics on Monday: New Jersey governor Chris Christie showed up in Chicago to campaign for his friend, Bruce Rauner. …


Chris Christie’s 5 Biggest “Quinn-sults”
(Chicago Press Release Service © 08/27/2014)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Chicago trip included a visit to Portillo’s and a fundraiser for Bruce Rauner. If you don’t have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned to Chicago this week to stump for Bruce Rauner, …


Ethics still an issue in Illinois governor’s office
(Belleville News-Democrat © 08/27/2014)

When Pat Quinn became governor after Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment, he pledged that the “ordeal is over. … We have a duty, a mission to restore the faith of the people of Illinois in the integrity of their government.” But far from restoring faith in government’s integrity, his administration is setting new lows for the state and creating more cynicism.



Gov. Quinn vetoes bill increasing speed limit
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 08/27/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The Legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of law last year that increased the speed limit to 70 miles per hour on rural interstates. Oberweis has said the law was about recognizing what speeds …


Emanuel says $13 an hour minimum wage in Chicago no matter what state does
(Chicago Tribune © 08/26/2014)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he would push aldermen to raise Chicagos minimum wage to $13 an hour no matter what Springfield lawmakers do on the issue this year. Previously, the mayor had declined to say whether the city would move ahead with its own higher minimum wage even if state lawmakers raised the statewide minimum wage to $10 after the November election. …


Chicago honors Little League champions with parade
(WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 08/27/2014)

Fans dressed in yellow-gold T-shirts are lining a parade route in Chicago to cheer the Jackie Robinson West All Stars, the city’s Little League national champions. The motorcade will pass the White Sox’s Cellular Field and finish at Millennium Park.



National News


APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core
(Mattoon Journal Gazette © 08/27/2014)

Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education



Can a new broker fill Trump’s   long-vacant retail space?

Donald   Trump’s controversial decision to splash his name on his River North   skyscraper drew lots of attention over the summer. Now the outspoken   developer will test whether tenants took notice. Chicago Real Estate   Daily has more.

Just what McDonald’s doesn’t need:   An even bigger Burger King

Burger   King is among the resurgent competitors who have grabbed market share in the   U.S., bringing McDonald’s sales growth to a halt in its home market. Crain’s Joe Cahill looks   at what it will mean if McDonald’s archrival combines with Tim Hortons.

Investor jumps into John Barleycorn   bar brawl

Chicago Real Estate   Daily explains how the legal fight over the former John Barleycorn   building in Lincoln Park has drawn in a new combatant: Chicago real estate   firm Cedar Street Cos.

McCaffery poised for big gain in   South Loop sale

Three   years after paying about $160 million for the troubled Roosevelt Collection,   a joint venture led by Chicago developer Dan McCaffery is getting ready to   put part of the now-healthy South Loop mixed-use development up for sale. Chicago Real Estate   Daily has more.

Motorola’s motivations: A look back

Chicago Magazine delves   into Motorola’s past to see how cultural shifts led to some of the company’s   challenges.

How much does the city have in its   TIF accounts?

One   activist group puts the total in Chicago’s Tax-Increment Financing Districts   at $1.7 billion. The Chicago Reader   wonders what that money could mean for CPS schools struggling with   their budgets.

Selling a cold, penniless city

Jeff   Malehorn, president and CEO of World Business Chicago, talks with Crain’s Shia Kapos   about some recent “gets.”

An app to fight food poisoning in Chicago

When   Chicagoans get sick after eating at a restaurant, they may not report it to   the Health Department, but many have no issue with posting their illness on   Twitter. Reuters details   the tech effort that Chicago health officials launched to harness that   information on social media.

Opinion: How not to ban bullying in the workplace

A   Chicago attorney pokes holes in a bill introduced in Springfield that aims to   crack down on bullies in the workplace. Read his Crain’s guest   op-ed here.

A hero’s welcome: Chicago preps for   JRW parade

Jackie   Robinson West fans are ready to give their team a proper homecoming today.   More on the parade and rallies from ABC 7 and CBS 2 Chicago.


Ferguson Asks What’s Next

The funeral of Michael Brown closed one chapter but opened a new period of uncertainty for Ferguson, Mo., as residents wrestle with what comes next now that the sometimes-violent clashes over the unarmed teenager’s killing by a police officer have ended


Why Waiting Makes You Happy

Several studies published in the journal Psychological Science suggest that people are more excited when they wait to buy an experience


Gaza Cease-Fire Deal Reached

The truce ends the seven-week war between Israel and Hamas, but it’s an open question whether longer-term political talks will continue


Time Warner Cable Outage Affects Users Nationwide

Reports of connectivity issues for Internet and television services emerged from coast to coast in the early hours of Wednesday, with some of the blackouts spanning several hours and customer hotlines returning busy signals


Zara Pulls Shirt Resembling a Concentration Camp Uniform

The clothing retailer quickly removed a striped baby shirt, with a yellow star sewn on the front, from its online stores after social media users noted its resemblance to a concentration camp uniform; the design had been described as “sheriff” themed


American Writer Freed From Syrian Captivity Arrives in U.S.

Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the U.S. on Tuesday, two days after being released by al-Nusra Front, the Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months. Curtis said he was “deeply indebted” to the U.S. officials who worked to get him released


Apple Appears Slated to Launch Larger iPad in Early 2015

Apple is reported to have been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to turn around sluggish sales; the new 12.9-in. iPad will apparently be launched in the spring, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month


IMF Chief Lagarde Under Investigation in France

Christine Lagarde was placed under investigation for negligence in a corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister; she is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal trouble


How 10 Seconds Could Save Lives During Earthquakes

California is looking to develop an early warning system for earthquakes, and the quake that rocked the Napa area last weekend has brought new urgency to the project; experts say even 10 seconds would be enough to mobilize precautionary measures


9-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Instructor in Uzi Accident

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the girl, who was with her parents, was being shown how to use an automatic Uzi when she pulled the trigger and lost control of the weapon; the instructor was shot in the head and died of his injuries


Ebola Forces Closure of WHO Lab in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization shut down a lab in Sierra Leone and pulled its staff after a health worker contracted the virus, in a closure that is likely to impede efforts to contain a massive outbreak that has killed at least 1,427 people so far


Landon Donovan to Join U.S. Soccer Team One Last Time

Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. men’s national team in an international friendly match against Ecuador in October. The game will allow fans to thank him for “all the memories he’s provided over the years,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati



The Washington Post


Obama eyes plan to increase legal immigration

As Obama considers plans to defer deportation of illegal immigrants, some are lobbying for more green cards.


Ukraine says Russia stepping up military activity in Crimea

A military spokesman says Russia is trying to create a “second front” for separatists in southeastern Ukraine.


IMF’s Lagarde under formal investigation in France

The probe dates back to her days as finance minister.


She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of grief.


How he became the first American to die fighting for Islamic State

The few fragments available — trouble with the law, limited prospects — offer little explanation for Douglas McCain’s fatal choice.


U.S. rules out coordinating airstrikes with Assad to battle Islamic State

The decision forces the U.S. to design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses.

Marijuana, gambling and oil pipelines: The costly price tag of ballet initiatives

Political parties and big corporations are expected to spend $1 billion on about 125 ballot questions this year.


The nation’s top drug-control official is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

Michael Botticelli’s story embodies the administration’s policy, a view that he credits with saving his life.


Korea’s next pop hit: The face of a star

Korea’s pop-culture “wave” has brought it a new export: Nips, tucks and lifts for Chinese tourists.


The college majors most and least likely to lead to underemployment

WONKBLOG | People with English degrees are among the most likely to report feeling “underemployed.”


Rick Scott, Charlie Crist advance to general election showdown in Florida

So officially begins what could be the nastiest and most expensive race in recent history.


Word of the Day  Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pulchritudinous    \ puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uhs, -TYOOD- \


1.       physically beautiful; comely.