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The race for City Hall

Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

In the News: National spotlight hits Whittier sit-in; suburban schools give wrong PSAT

The Wall Street Journal shines a national spotlight on the Whittier Dual Language School sit-in, where parents have stymied Chicago Public School's plant to demolish a run-down community hub."

The Wall Street Journal shines a national spotlight on the Whittier Dual Language School sit-in, where parents have stymied Chicago Public School's plant to demolish a run-down community hub."

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports that the Whittier School sit-in runs like a finely tuned machine, powered by moms who grew tried of CPS' promises and decided they had had enough.

Controversy has brewed around Chicago Public Schools secret rating system for people applying to be teachers. But Michelle Reininger, who heads the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, says pre-screening applicants could make sense, Linda Lutton of WBEZ reports.

The Daily Northwestern looks at why Northwestern University has become a Teach for America factory.

Concerned parents, teachers and students gathered before the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Tuesday night to discuss the conditions of Chicago schools in the final of three community forums. The consensus was simple: Something must be changed. (Medill News)

Public school parent advocate Julie Woestehoff looks at education in the post-Daley Chicago. (Huffington Post)

In the state

Southwest suburban Stagg and Andrew high schools in Consolidated High School District 230, gave 144 juniors the wrong PSAT tests last year, leaving the students ineligible to become National Merit scholars and potentially harming their chances to scholarships. A spokeswoman for the National Merit Scholarship Corp. said the actions "compromised test security and makes those scores ineligible to our National Merit scholarship program." (Sun-Times)

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, students in some grades will have to take at least three tests to measure their progress through the year. State Superintendent Chris Koch, Illinois' top education official, outlined efforts to add more assessments at a Thursday forum at Elgin Community College. (Daily Herald)

The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Thursday unanimously adopted a $252.9 million budget for 2010-11.

In the nation

A national survey, "Cracks in the Ivory Tower," offers evidence that teacher educators hold a variety of disparate, even conflicting opinions about the state of the profession today and the changes occurring in the field in the post-accountability era. The survey found, for instance: 68 percent of respondents said that they felt their role was to prepare teachers to be "change agents" for shaping education, while just over a quarter said that it was to work effectively within the realities of today's public schools. (Education Week)

The Washington Post education blog looks at "the strange media coverage of Obama's education policies."

Former first lady Laura Bush announced a new nationwide initiative aimed at changing the way America’s principals are recruited and prepared—and how they run schools. The announcement marks the first major effort of the nonpartisan George W. Bush Institute, located at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas. (Education Week)

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