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In the News: Emanuel has harsh words for CTU

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the teachers union's efforts to block additional elementary schools from adopting an extended school day is akin to "cheating children out of an education," the Tribune reported following a Thursday press conference promoting new financial incentives for charters willing to adopt a 7 1/2 hour school day.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement Thursday that most charter schools eligible for the financial incentives to lengthen the day by 90 minutes was held in a charter school that already has a longer day — and one of the district's lowest performance levels. (Catalyst)

Chicago schools officials will use a complicated formula to help determine which schools will be closed, consolidated or designated to be turned around. (Chicago News Cooperative)

Pharmaceutical wholesaler H. D. Smith announced on Thursday that Dave Watkins, CFO, will leave the company to join Chicago Public Schools as its new CFO, effective Nov. 7. (Drug Store News)

The Chicago Board of Education is disregarding a call by the district's inspector general to rescind the residency waiver it granted Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley, who lives in Winnetka. (Tribune)

IN THE STATE

Worth School District 127 will be the first public school system in Illinois to use a social studies program that will, among other upgrades, replace textbooks more than a decade old. (The Reporter Online)

The field of possible replacements for retiring Ball-Chatham School Superintendent Bob Gillum has been narrowed to seven people. (State Journal Register)

A motion that would have allowed the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education to move forward on videotaping their meetings failed Thursday. (Daily Herald)

IN THE NATION

New York Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott unveiled a plan this week to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education, proposing the creation of a parent academy and greater powers for parent coordinators, among other measures. (NYTimes SchoolBook)

Nowhere is the disconnect between billionaires and public school teachers more stark than when it comes to merit pay proposals, Los Angeles teacher David Lyell writes. (Huffington Post)

A new series of courses at 15 New York City high schools is aiming to make students aware of the politics, marketing and demographics of the food industry. (The New York Times)

Publishers are tapping into cloud computing to offer a wider array of digital resources, such as e-textbooks. (Education Week)

A few colleges across the USA are offering late-late classes that cater to the schedules of students with children or inflexible jobs. (USAToday)

9 comments

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 days ago

The ACLU and teachers unions

The ACLU and teachers unions have ruined America. More specifically, Black Americans. Our children deserve more than what they are currently getting. This teachers union is weak and shouls start all over with a leadership that has the appearance of trying.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 days ago

The ACLU and teachers unions

The ACLU and teachers unions have ruined America. More specifically, Black Americans. Our children deserve more than what they are currently getting. This teachers union is weak and shouls start all over with a leadership that has the appearance of trying.

Rosita Chatonda wrote 3 years 3 days ago

The Truth About What is Happening with CTU and CPS

Please log on to our blog to continue to be informed about waht is happening to education in Chicago. C. A.U.S.E. is a newly formed teacher led advocacy group which includes parents, teachers and community members. C.A.U.S.E. was formed to ensure that the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools listen to the voice of education stakeholders in the city of Chicago. Education communities accross the city are tired of this fight between the CTU and CPS. Teachers and students are the scapegoats while politicians and union officials enjoy and engage in this very detrimental media campaign. 4,000 teachers have been fired this year and students are being underserved. HELLO ! until this stops communities will hold both parties accountable.
Follow C.A.U.S.E. to hear an unbiased point of view.
http://causeillinois.blogspot.com/

Rod Estvan wrote 3 years 3 days ago

Mayor Emanuel's sharp comment

Mayor Emanuel's comment about the CTU's litigation being a form of cheating students out of an education is way over the top. But politicians are in the business of exaggeration to make political points, so we can take the comment for what it is.

The other day when I was in Springfield I got to hear the Speaker of the House unload from the floor on public sector unions, AFSCME in particular, and various sweet heart contracts he believes they have received and for which the General Assembly must appropriate money for (October 24).
In the 2006 election cycle the Illinois Federation of Teachers gave about $567,000 to Speaker Madigan, and his rank-and-file candidates. In the 2009-2010 cycle the CTU PAC gave the Speaker $20,000. According to Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Speaker Madigan has received a total of $1.16 million from unions in recent election cycles.

The dilemma for Democrats like the Speaker and the Mayor is that while they are hammering away at unions they sure do like union PAC money. Moreover, if unions turn off the tap will business interests still send them loads of money to try to offset union influence over Democrats? It is a nice game that the Democratic Party has going, playing off unions against business.

Right now the tap remains open, but will stay open forever. One has to wonder what the point of the contributions are if there is nothing for the unions in return.

Rod Estvan

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 days ago

Won't need the unions

With friends like this, Demos won't need the union members' money: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/who-has-access-to-mayor-rahm-emanue...

The mayor's millionaire club: Who has access to Rahm Emanuel’s inner sanctum

By Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 days ago

Emanuel has harsh words for CTU

While I'm not a big fan of the CTU, I'm even less of a fan of Rahm. The CTU has a contract negotiated in good faith with the BOE. How about we just throw out all that was negotiated because it does not suit the city? Negotiate a new one when this one runs out. But no! Standard operating proceedures at city hall! This mayor has a nasty habit of playing the old games "When confronted, shift blame quickly." and lives by "It is easier to ask forgiveness than beg permission". Never a direct answer to a question and send a subordinate to face the crowd. Honor and integrity are not part of the vocabulary of this administration, however deception and deceit are.

Rod Estvan wrote 3 years 3 days ago

On the Joravsky article

I read "the Mayor's Millionaire Club" too. Once unions in the public sector are effectively weakened to the point of all that they can do is collect dues and sign whatever contract is put in front of them do Republicans like Bruce Rauner and Mark Furlong who were noted in the article really need a Democrat like Emanuel?

By the way it should also be noted that one of the heavy hitters that Joravsky reported who met with the Mayor was John Coli President of Teamsters Joint Council 25. The Teamsters gave $40,000 to Emanuel's campaign for Mayor and other labor unions, including the Faternal Order of Police, who cited Emanuel’s pension stand endorsed Chico or unions like the CTU that remained neutral in the mayor’s race.

Democrats have little staying power without labor and minoirities. If they keep throwing labor under the bus they lose one of their legs of support and troops on the groung for elections. Full scale assults on unions like Mayor Emanuel is currently waging will come back to haunt the Democrats.

Rod Estvan

Beth Swanson wrote 3 years 2 days ago

WTF

The ACLU and teachers unions have ruined America. More specifically, Black Americans.

Are you saying Black Americans have ruined America? Nice.

Rosita Chatonda wrote 3 years 1 day ago

Chicago schools officials

Chicago schools officials will use a complicated formula to help determine which schools will be closed, consolidated or designated to be turned around.

Here is the formula for closing;
1. Give students a biased, unfair test standardized on a population of students in rural communities.
2. Blame them for not being able to pass the unfair standardized instrument
3. Lie on their teachers and say they are not doing their jobs.
4. Go to the poorest communities where parents and students are most undeserved and close them.
5. Place 4 Teachers for America ( alternative certification) interns in one school and watch the scores plummet.
6. Blame the drop in scores on the veteran teachers who stayed in the community when the interns left after 3-4 years.
7. After the young white interns have gotten their free Masters Degree and moved on to the profession of choice, close their schools due to non-performance.
8 In addition, E-3 veteran teachers and make up charges so the minority teachers can never work again.
9 Open a new school and replace minority experienced veteran teachers with 22 year old white college graduates trying to pay off student debt.
(Make sure they are NOT education majors.) The students will not learn anything and the school will be much easier to close.
10. Tell all the principals not to hire the veteran minority teachers and don't forget, go to the State of Illinois and try to get them to revoke all of the teachers licenses so that the historical record will be destroyed.

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