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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: UNO exec quits in wake of Sun-Times report

The No. 2 executive of the United Neighborhood Organization quit Tuesday, eight days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the politically influential charter school operator paid state grant money to companies owned by two of his brothers.

PARENTS HIT BACK: The group Parents 4 Teachers said Tuesday it has filed a complaint against Chicago Public Schools administrators to determine a preliminary list of school closings, according to WBEZ.

PARENTAL PRESSURE: A coalition of parent and community groups called on outside help Tuesday to try to put the brakes on massive school closings, which they fear even large, well-organized opposition won’t be able to stop. (Catalyst)

BRACING FOR 'HIT LIST': In a 1:16-minute video message, CTU President Karen Lewis tells union members to "stand strong" and organize even if their schools aren't on the preliminary closing list—or "hit list" as Lewis calls it— due out this week.

URBAN TARGETS: As community battles against proposed school closings in Chicago continue, the Chicago Teachers Union has issued a press release noting that the pattern of attacks on urban public schools is showing up across the U.S. "The majority of these schools are in cities with large minority populations such as Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland and Washington, D.C. — part of a damaging trend in the targeting of African-Americans and other students and teachers of color," the release said. (Substance News)


EDUCATION AGENDA: President Barack Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to significantly expand access to preschool to all 4-year-olds from moderate- and low-income families, and to create a new spin-off of his Race to the Top program aimed at pushing high schools to adopt curricula that better prepare students for the jobs of the future. (Education Week)

TWEETING SOTU: A sampling of tweets shows how President Obama's State of the Union address went over with educators and education activists. (The Washington Post)

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Northside wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

UNO #2 man

UNO # 2 man makes 200k a year plus rangles 250k that' almost half miliion a year for "community organizers". While their fellow Mexican constituants are making about 7 bucks an hour if they are lucky? So much for shared sacrifice. I am in NO WAY A REPUBLICAN. However, this is so sick in so many ways. Honestly, how does Rangle look himself in the mirror every day? Every two years these guys are making a MILLION dollars together, not incuding all the other shenanigans. Our school has 2001 dells and we have 35 kids in some of our rooms. This man is STEALING from Illinois. Why does he need to make 250k when he could live comfortably on much less. If he wants that kind of money he should go to the private world. It is so sick with all of these school closings. Why doesn't CPS have a say in their salaries? How much do all of these Charter execs make? Where can I find a list? why doesn't the trib print this while they bash teachers for being "thugs"?

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