Governor Private Equity learned from the master. Just say no.

– Posting from Brooklyn. No politician has been better at brinksmanship and threatening Armageddon than Mayor Rahm. Remember when he threatened to shutter 300 Chicago public schools? He ended up only closing 50 neighborhood schools. Many of us took the position that every public school was our school.  But some understandably focused on their own neighborhood […]

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Rahm’s walk in the PARCC.

The Chicago Tribune came out busting Rahm and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett’s chops on the issue delaying the PARCC test. PARCC is the assessment component of the Common Core curriculum Educators know that curriculum and assessment are inseparable. Rahm and BBB should be salivating over getting PARCC results. Wouldn’t PARCC results show the success of their […]

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Mark Anderson: What do you get when you hire a banker to run the school board of the nation’s third largest school district?

– Mark Anderson writes for NBC’s online Ward Room. What do you get when you hire a banker to run the school board of the nation’s third largest school district? Apparently, if you’re Chicago you get hundreds of millions of dollars thrown away on bad deals with other bankers while failing to provide even the […]

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“I hope this extra time to find new employment alleviates some of your hardship,” Balanoff said in the call.

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. I hope writing about CPS janitors doesn’t cause me to receive a letter from SEIU lawyers. Like my brother Mike. There is news this morning that the firing of Aramark employed janitors has been delayed. As far as I can tell, it wasn’t because the union leadership of SEIU […]

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“Dr.” Terrence P. Carter. Arne Duncan’s superstar. The story the Chicago press won’t touch.

“Doctor” Carter, superstar. In 2007 the Chicago Tribune wrote: The Chicago Public Schools system has 126 openings for principals next fall, and has only 33 current principals ready to take the jobs. That’s a problem. It’s also a phenomenal opportunity. Vacancies in about one-fifth of the schools give CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan a […]

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Statement by CTU on the 1,150 CPS teacher and staff layoffs.

CHICAGO—Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis released the following statement regarding today’s announcement of 1,150 teacher and school support staff layoffs by Chicago Public Schools (CPS): “The decision by the mayor and his handpicked Board of Education to lay off 1,150 teachers and school support staff today in yet another brutal attack on public […]

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