– 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 […]Read More Governor Private Equity learned from the master. Just say no.
I ran into Raise Your Hand’s Wendy Katten at an event this weekend. She was hoppin’ mad. The Illinois State Board of Education has been sending letters out to parents. They are acting like school-yard bullies, threatening parents by saying it is against federal law to opt out of PARCC and claiming local schools will […]Read More Opt-out parents. Don’t be bullied by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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 […]Read More Rahm’s walk in the PARCC.
– 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 […]Read More Mark Anderson: What do you get when you hire a banker to run the school board of the nation’s third largest school district?
Rahm’s Race to the Art. The winners get a paint brush and a tray of water colors. A month ago I posted information about a music teacher who had gone to Donor’s Choose to raise money for a class set of ukuleles. And I was glad to publicize it. Four days later the money had been […]Read More Damn kids. Stop painting on my lawn.
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 […]Read More “I hope this extra time to find new employment alleviates some of your hardship,” Balanoff said in the call.
Photo: Fred Klonsky – Michelle Gunderson is a 27 year teaching veteran who teaches first grade in the Chicago Public Schools. She is a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction. This first appeared on Anthony Cody’s Living in Dialogue blog. What would our city look like if it were run by Chicago teachers alongside […]Read More Michelle Gunderson. What could our city look like?
“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 […]Read More “Dr.” Terrence P. Carter. Arne Duncan’s superstar. The story the Chicago press won’t touch.
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 […]Read More Statement by CTU on the 1,150 CPS teacher and staff layoffs.
Becky Carroll of Chicago Forward Super-PAC and former CPS lying liar. So far Rahm Emanuel’s main mayoral opposition is a progressive woman with good ideas and little money in the bank. That would be Amara Enyia. While others with more traditional clout have hinted at a run, nobody else is stepping up. Yet Rahm appears […]Read More Is the Mayor running scared. Or is enough never enough?