In the News ~ Sept. 22

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan joins group to urge school funding overhaul – Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan has joined a coalition of almost 100 school superintendents and organizations pushing for an overhaul of Illinois complicated school funding formula. The coalition, Funding ILs Future, is pushing for the passage of the Illinois School Funding Reform Act of 2014, known as SB 16, and sponsored by …


Tribune analysis: State school districts relying more on substitute teachers
(Chicago Tribune © 09/21/2014)

Illinois schoolchildren are greeted by substitute teachers far more often than their parents were, and while there may be valid reasons for calling in these subs, some experts express concerns about students being shortchanged, a Tribune analysis has found. Nearly 40,000 substitutes headed classes in suburban and downstate districts in the 2012-13 school year, filling in for teachers who were on …


Eureka school board approves deficit budget
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 09/22/2014)

It’s with reluctance that the Congerville, Eureka, Goodfield District 140 School Board has given final approval to a $14.9 million budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget continues a downward trend for the past few years, leaving a ‘very scary balance,’ said board president Teri Ehrenhardt.


Moline State of the Schools Address
(WHBF (CBS) 4 Quad Cities © 09/22/2014)

Moline School District leaders are talking ‘big picture’ Monday night at the 2014 State of the Schools Address. Monday, the superintendent will talk about the district’s accomplishments over the last year and what’s on deck for the coming year. Last year, the superintendent says the district not only balanced the budget, but also grew their English Language Learners program


School curriculum still draws criticism from some parents
(WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 09/22/2014)

Students have been in classroom for about a month now and for some their curriculum continues to be the subject of some controversy. …


Parent University continues to develop at District 150
(Peoria Journal Star © 09/21/2014)

The tall man standing in the back of the room as students peppered the teacher with questions once sat where they sat. He had no idea he’d end up on the School Board a year later, as the teachers boss, so to speak. But it was part of Peoria School District 150s vision as it added the Parents as Leaders (PALs) to the roster of workshops and others activities of Parents University,


District 186 has new PR coordinator
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/22/2014)

A Springfield High School graduate and former communications specialist at the University of North Carolina starts Monday as District 186′s new coordinator of public relations and marketing. The school board approved the hiring of Briana Hankins, a 2002 Springfield High graduate, at its Sept. 2 meeting. Hankins will be paid $57,780 per year.


District 186 board divided over need for metal detectors in high schools
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/21/2014)

The recent discovery of guns at Lanphier and Southeast high schools has ratcheted up the debate on whether metal detectors should be installed at school entrances. The Springfield School Board is scheduled to hear a presentation on metal detectors and school security at its next meeting, Oct. 6.


School board candidates will now file petitions at county election office
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/21/2014)

Under a change in state law, candidates in spring school board elections from 10 districts in Sangamon County will file nominating petitions with the county election office, not school district offices. For example, board candidates for Springfield’s District 186 in the past filed their petitions at the school board office, but instead will file them in Room 105 — the election office — at the San…


Olympia school district facing nearly $1M deficit
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 09/20/2014)

While the Olympia School District has increased fees and cut expenses by more than $500,000, expenses will exceed revenues by nearly $1 million during the 2014-2015 school year. The district is expecting $13,423,775 in education fund revenue and education fund expenses of $14,325,905, resulting in a gap of $902,130, said Superintendent Andrew Wise.



Dist 299


More Subs — Plus Fioretti/Lewis Alliance?


Welcome back — happy Monday.  Today’s news includes increased use of substitute teachers, a slew of stories about Lewis/Fioretti/Emanuel (and the school formerly known as Obama High).  Late night host Jimmy Fallon is coming to Chicago because of CPS students’ reading scores (didn’t know that). Plus national news, and other cities’ news, and weekend comments about Winckler’s depature and all sorts of other things commenters like to comment about. Image via Mean Girls (I think).




Tribune analysis: State school districts relying more on substitute teachers Chicago Tribune: CPS subs are covered under the Chicago Teachers Union contract, said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. Substitutes are paid based on factors outlined in the union contract and can claim at least partial benefits, including health care, Sharkey said.


Portage Park Elementary Got So Hot That Crayons Melted, Parents Say DNAinfo: In August, Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett celebrated the completion of $20 million worth of work that installed air conditioning in 57 schools, the first phase of a multi-year plan to provide air conditioning in every CPS…




Look for a Fioretti & Lews tango Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is seriously mulling a run. If Chicago voters really want to divorce the mayor, a Lewis/ Fioretti union could be a marriage made in heaven.


Are Chicago — and Rahm Emanuel — Ready for Karen Lewis? OZY: The woman who, as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, had the cajones to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel — almost universally regarded as the biggest SOB in American politics — and won.


What the Obama School Name Change Means For the Mayor’s Political NBC Chicago: Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett signed off on the idea months ago, unveiling splashy plans to open Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, a $60 million top-tier institution near Skinner North Classical School.




Chicago has 53% Literacy Rate, 2 Schools Named After Obamas FrontPage Magazine:
As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the district said


Duly Noted: Jimmy Fallon on his way to Chicago, but we don’t know when Chicago Business Journal: Host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” Jimmy Fallon said he would tape an episode of his show in Chicago to pay off a bet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Chicago Public Schools students’ reading.




CPS hiding records from the BGA and you Chicago Sun-Times: So it’s worth noting the disconnect and, yes, even hypocrisy, in Chicago’s public schools, where officials regularly and blatantly ignore legal requirements, including state law, when it comes to complying with document requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.


Mckenzie Phlipot’s Family, Friends Criticize CPS Probe of Her Suicide DNAinfo: Travis Phlipot, Mckenzie’s father, clarified his remarks to say that Chicago Public Schoolshad contacted him and the girl’s mother in its investigation of Mckenzie’s suicide, but they declined to participate.




Duncan criticizes Jindal The Times-Picayune: Jindal announced late last month that he would sue Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education directly over the Common Core academic standards. The lawsuit followed an initial loss for the governor in state court over the use of a Common Core test


Officials optimistic about spring assessments EdSource Today: Last spring more than 3 million students in California, the largest number ever to take an online test in the state, took field tests of new assessments aligned to the Common Core state standards without major technical breakdowns or system crashes, according to state officials. See also: Scores on exit exam hold steady.


TX Education Board Members Question Teacher Prep Requirements Texas Tribune: The three SBOE members, all Republicans, who backed the veto said they hoped it would persuade the board of educator certification to reconsider an August decision against raising the required GPA — from 2.5 to 2.75 —for admission to educator preparation programs. The full SBOE will take up the recommendation Friday.


Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger AP: Educators say a surprising number of school science teachers don’t have the required training to handle hazardous chemicals and don’t know about standard safety measures….


AmeriCorps volunteers play a big role in D.C. schools WashPost: The $665 million federal program helps fund corps members in 1,500 organizations around the country. In the District, about 800 AmeriCorps volunteers are working in public schools — both traditional and charter — and in community organizations that support education.


Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core? NPR: The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.




Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA NPR: With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.


Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen’s Take on Life In Poverty WNYC: Jairo Gomez never thought he was poor, even though he was one of seven kids and his family lived in a one-bedroom apartment.


Race and education: Henry Louis Gates to headline UPS conference Seattle Times: Among many hot-button issues in higher education, few reach the stratospheric temperatures of affirmative action, though one of the country’s most celebrated educators comfortably counts himself a beneficiary of quota politics.


Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle NPR: San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn’t satisfy the plan’s critics.


New Jersey Teacher Is Charged With Sexual Assault of 5 Students AP: Nicole Dufault, a teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, who was arrested this week for having sex with three students, is charged with sexually assaulting two more students.



Political News


Quinn: No pension ‘Plan B’ needed
(Decatur Herald and Review © 09/20/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois’ pension crisis despite urgent financial difficulties and signals the landmark law signed by the Chicago Democrat in 2013 could be found unconstitutional. Quinn said he’d like to get guidance from the courts before proceeding with another route.


Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs
(Chicago Press Release Service © 09/20/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner released sharply contrasting new ads Friday. Quinn sees the economy rebounding, while Rauner’s ad links Quinn to corruption. NBC 5’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports. The Illinois governor’s race continues to heat up. Rauner, fresh off an endorsement from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, appeared before Chicago rep…


Nursing home neglect trial challenges shell company transfers
(Chicago Daily Herald © 09/22/2014)

Juanita Jackson died in July 2003, five weeks after she was removed from a Florida nursing home where her family said continual neglect led to multiple bedsores, malnutrition and a fall that injured her head. Trying to collect a $110 million verdict against two nursing home companies has led her family on a four-year odyssey through a maze of private-equity firms and shell companies to a …


Nursing home trial may trouble Rauner campaign
(Chicago Tribune © 09/22/2014)

As Bruce Rauner enters the home stretch of his run for Illinois governor, 1,000 miles away in Tampa, Fla., a federal bankruptcy trial opens Monday to weigh allegations that the investment firm he ran participated in a fraudulent scheme to avoid liability for a string of deaths at nursing homes.



Rauner is evidently not a detail guy
(Chicago Tribune © 09/22/2014)

From today’s front-page story Nursing home trial may trouble Rauner campaign

[GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner] touts his financial acumen at GTCR while repeatedly professing little knowledge about the inner workings of companies built by his firm that later faced accusations of mismanagement, fraud or worse. This gets to a central doubt I have about Rauner…


Quinn Fields 70 Phone Calls for Lt. Gov. Job
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 09/20/2014)

No sooner had Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan proposed doing away the Lt. Governor job in Illinois, word comes that some 70 Illinoisans want the job. Why not? You get paid $135,000 a year, have a budget of $2.5 million and a staff of 29, and enjoy…


Libertarian could help tip Illinois governor race
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/22/2014)

The Libertarian running for Illinois governor recognizes he has little chance of winning the November election, but he could play a significant role in deciding who does. Chad Grimm, the third name on the ballot in one of the nation’s hardest-fought governor’s races, is a fiscal conservative who believes in minimalist government.


Views of Libertarian running for Illinois governor
(Peoria Journal Star © 09/21/2014)

Chad Grimm, a Libertarian on the November ballot for governor along with Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP businessman Bruce Rauner, sat down with The Associated Press for an interview. Here are details of his background and a sampling of where he stands on issues: BIOGRAPHY Age: 33 Hometown: Peoria Work experience: Gym manager, former actor, broadcast intern, …


Rauner proposes cooling-off period before lobbying
(Decatur Herald and Review © 09/21/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner wants to end a practice in which Illinois lawmakers can leave their posts in the General Assembly and immediately become lobbyists. As part of a package of proposed changes aimed at cleaning up state government, the political newcomer from Winnetka said Illinois needs to toughen its revolving door law by forcing members of the legislature to take a one-year…


GOP’s Rauner gets another $1M from hedge fund CEO
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/22/2014)

A Chicago hedge fund manager has donated another $1 million to GOP Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner, according to state campaign records. Citadel LLC founder and CEO Kenneth Griffin’s donation was reported in records released Friday, bringing his total donations to Rauner to $4.58 million, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. That money includes cash or in-kind services since…


Hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin pumps another $1 million into Rauner campaign
(Chicago Sun Times © 09/20/2014)

One of Illinois’ wealthiest political patrons has invested another $1 million into the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner. The donation to Rauner’s campaign fund from hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin was reported in state campaign records Friday. Griffin has now given $4.58 million to the Winnetka Republican in the form of cash or in-kind services since …


Other Voices: Slugging it out in the ugliest of fashions
(Pekin Daily Times © 09/20/2014)

The two major gubernatorial candidates don’t have much nice to say about each other. When two powerful people covet the same prize, it’s inevitable that the competition will turn to personal conflict. That’s why political campaigns often not only are hard-fought but personally ugly.


Quinn Plans Sweeping Medicaid Cuts
(WTTW Chicago © 09/22/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn lays out $2.7 billion in Medicaid cuts after a committee he appointed falls short of a plan. We talk to lawmakers and analysts about the governor’s sweeping proposal on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Visit the PDFs below to learn more about the Medicaid Stabilization plan….


Accusations fly in 12th Congressional race
(Belleville News-Democrat © 09/21/2014)

In a 24-hour blitz at the end of this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee focused its attention at a Republican Illinois state representative running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville. In a series of emails, the DCCC criticized state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, for canceling a debate, taking a pay raise and hollering on the floor of the Illinois House



National News


Meet Chicago’s Tech 50

Here   are 50 people to know if you want to know technology in Chicago. Some are movers   and shakers; others are names that might not be familiar today, but you’ll hear   more about in the future. Check out Crain’s special feature here.

Road ahead still tough for Navistar

Though   beleaguered truckmaker Navistar International has stopped the bleeding on its   balance sheet — and even eked out a pretax profit — the Lisle-based company’s   market share is anemic. Crain’s explains why.

Who can nab the right big tenant for another office tower?

Crain’s looks at the Chicago office tower proposals   competing to sign a big anchor tenant. Find out which firms developers are chasing   and why the clock is ticking.

Which Chicago startup will be next with an IPO?

The   IPO market in the U.S. is dot-com hot. So are the prospects for Chicago companies   hopeful for the big payday that comes by going public or getting acquired. Crain’s has more on the top candidates for an   IPO or takeover.

Spokane bishop to succeed Cardinal George

Bishop   Blase Cupich, who has struck a moderate tone on divisive social issues, will take   over leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago in November, succeeding Cardinal   Francis George, the Associated Press reports. The Chicago Tribune looks at the bishop’s record   in Spokane, while the Sun-Times has local reaction.

Aurora firm in China meat scandal plans layoffs

OSI   Group of Aurora said it will lay off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary   accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other major   restaurant chains. The AP reports.

United improving on-time rates

A   United Airlines exec told a major aviation conference in Chicago yesterday that   the airline is improving its on-time rates, rolling out new technology in airports   and planes and ridding itself of smaller 50-seat regional jets that aren’t economical   for the airline anymore. The Chicago Tribune has more.

Workers at Ford supplier approve contract

Workers   at a Northwest Indiana Lear plant that makes automotive seats for cars produced   at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant approved an agreement yesterday that will end   a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.   Find the AP story here.

New poll shows Quinn, Rauner in dead heat

After   trailing Republican Bruce Rauner by double digits, Gov. Pat Quinn has closed that   gap in the governor’s race, according to the Sun-Times.

— Meanwhile, billionaire hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin donates $1 million to Mr. Rauner’s   campaign.

Forbidden Fruit: Buying the iPhone 6 for resale overseas

First   Business News reports on long lines for Apple’s iPhone 6 in Australia, Japan and   Hong Kong, as consumers line up to buy the phones. Some are planning to sell them   again in China, where Apple products are popular but restricted. Watch the video report here. (Click on the image   to launch player.)


10 Million in 3 Days

Apple sold more 10 million new iPhones over the weekend, the company said, a new record for the gadgets maker and results that exceeded expectations. Apple unveiled two new smartphones earlier this month, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus


Climate Change Makes Us Sick

An analysis of 56 studies on climate change-related issues shows that global temps and severe weather will keep having a major impact on global health


Qatar’s Heat Worries FIFA Official

A top FIFA official said that Qatar likely won’t host the World Cup because medics “cannot accept responsibility” for safe athletics in such heat


Alibaba Is Officially the Biggest IPO Ever

Alibaba Group’s initial public offering became worth $25 billion, surpassing Agricultural Bank of China’s $24.3 billion IPO, after bankers released additional shares — a process referred to as the “green shoe” — to cover high investor demand


Rockefeller Charity to Pull Out of Fossil Fuels

After making an immense fortune off oil, the Rockefeller family is set to divest its charity foundation from fossil fuels. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund—an $860 million philanthropic organization—has already replaced its investments in coal and tar sands


Former IRS Official Says Politics Didn’t Affect Her Work

Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of a scandal over alleged targeting of conservative groups, said in her first interview since the scandal first broke more than a year ago that her personal political leanings never impacted her work


‘Somebody Knows’ What Happened to Missing Student

The first wave of volunteers, numbering more than 1,600, spread out around Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday to search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who vanished a week earlier after an off-campus party


Bus Crash in Delaware Kills 2, Injures 48

Police said a sightseeing tour bus crashed in Delaware on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 48. The bus, owned by New York-based company AM USA Express, was traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City at the time of the crash


How I Met Your Mother‘s New DVD Set Has Alternate Ending

Viewers of the season finale of How I Met Your Mother said they found the ending didn’t live up to the years of hype, but a new and far more upbeat alternate ending that will be available in a new DVD box set starting Tuesday could lift their spirits


Bill Clinton Drops a Hint About Chelsea’s Due Date

President Bill Clinton is really looking forward to next week, because by that time, he may be welcoming his first grandchild into the world. “I hope by the first of October, I’ll be a grandfather,” Clinton said in an interview that aired Sunday. “I can’t wait”


Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Play Edward Snowden in Film

Director Oliver Stone reportedly already offered the part of the asylum-seeking NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Gordon-Levitt, who in turn has said he’d come aboard for the upcoming biopic, but no formal deal has been signed yet


Ebola Lockdown in Sierra Leone Finds 100 New Deaths

A three-day lockdown instituted to help contain the virus in one of the three West Africa nations hit hardest by the outbreak ended late Sunday with officials hailing it as a “huge” success after workers found almost 100 victims and 56 others who had been infected


‘The 2022 World Cup Will Not Take Place in Qatar,’ Says Fifa Official

A member of the Fifa Executive Committee has said that he does not think the tournament will take place in Qatar due to health fears


Reporter Goes Out in Blaze of Glory

The reporter, Charlo Greene, said she would dedicate her time to promoting Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2 to regulate marijuana like alcohol




Iran Ready to Work With U.S. to Combat Islamic State in Exchange for Nuclear Flexibility

Iran ready to work with the U.S. and its allies to fight ISIS in exchange for more flexibility on its uranium enrichment program




Photos: NYC Climate Change March Rallies Over 310,000

The march drew a broad coalition of indigenous groups, unions, families, religious leaders, scientists and a few celebrities.




Islamic State Tells Followers to Target Coalition Ally Citizens

The terrorist group has commenced a video campaign against the “final campaign of the crusaders”


Ukraine Says Ceasefire Violations Hold Up Creation of Buffer Zone

Ukraine’s warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw artillery to the outer limits of a buffer zone




University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Fraternity Suspended, Investigated Over Date Rape Plot

Several attendees were taken to the hospital following a party, had color-coded X’s on their hands




U.S. Says Other Countries Willing to Launch Air Strikes in Syria

“We will not do the air strikes alone.”




Colin Farrell to Star in ‘True Detective’ Season Two

The actor revealed the news in an interview with Ireland’s The Sunday World


From Flintstone to Twain to Gekko: The Best Suits in History

A man in a stylish suit has been an icon of what’s cool throughout history…and even pre-history



Word of the Day  Monday, September 22, 2014 

Hebdomadal  \heb-DOM-uh-dl\


  1. 1.    taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly: hebdomadal meetings; hebdomadal groups; hebdomadal journals .



  1. 1.    a weekly magazine, newspaper, etc.

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