In an scathing article, Rolling Stone columnist Rick Perlstein lambasted Rahm Emanuel's style of governance, saying the mayor "hates" democracy. That was months before Chicago and its spiking murder rate became a national story.
In this July 6, 2012, episode PBS political analyst Bill Moyers explores today’s potential for unions to lead a fight for equity in American society and what it will take for unions to fulfill that role. His guests are Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher. At 18:39 Stephen Lerner points to CTU’s strategy as an example of the kind of organizing and activity necessary for the labor movement to take its place in defending working people. Click here to view the video on the WNET website.
However, Soto recently decided to support charter schools and privatization by sponsoring a "full funding" charter bill that would have taken funding for public schools and passed it on to mostly anti-union charter schools, the darlings of corporate funders.
Soto clearly voted in the interests of a few Noble Street Charter schools in her district, against the vast majority of public neighborhood schools which would be hurt by this bill.
The bill went down in defeat, thanks largely to downstate Republicans who said they ain’t gonna pay for Chicago’s privatization mania.
The CTU explained to Soto that sponsoring the charter school funding bill would go against the spirit of her facilities bill because charter schools help to destabilize the public schools when they share space and expand inside.
What has been Soto’s response?
She has ignored her constituents, and members of the CTU’s political action committee, to explain why she voted to support charter schools. (full disclosure – I am a member of the CTU political action committee.)
I called Soto three times and left messages in which her office promised she would call back. She never did.
Another member of the PAC committee who lives in her district also called three times, and is still waiting for Soto to respond.
The fact of the matter is, Soto, like any politician — no matter on which side of the aisle they hail from — answers to the money interests, the one percent, just like Mr. Fritchey.
Blacklist excludes George Schmidt from Chicago Tonight Show on WTTW! Incredible. What has Mr. Shmidt done to be blacklisted from the Chicago Tonight Show? They have politicians who we know to be dishonest and the get on the show. What gives WTTW? What gives Chicago Tonight Producers? WTTW wants folks to donate money to an organization that does this?
"When we help a child reach proficiency at any grade level, we have changed the quality of that child's life and that community forever," she said. "But aiming for proficiency means we aim to create generations of children who are average."
Instead, she said "people who haven't set foot in a classroom" should not be making decisions and policies about teaching, and teachers should be aiming to take all students - whether hungry, homeless, in the midst of their first crush or celebrating the big game - beyond the test.
"We have got to stop talking about testing and start talking more about developing, supporting and celebrating teachers," she said. "Teachers are the architects of the change we've been waiting for. We've forgotten what a teacher can do that a standardized test can't."
Without the minimal protection of tenure, the teaching profession will become even more unattractive to the very cohort of bright, young students that are so desperately needed in the future to educate our children.
Welcome to the new Chicago Teachers Union website! Learn more about Chicago Teachers Union and find out how you can get involved.
The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve is a new Chicago Teachers Union study which argues in favor of proven educational reforms to dramatically improve the education of more than 400,000 students in a district of 675 schools.
These reforms are desperately needed and can lead Chicago towards the world-class educational system its students deserve. As CTU President Karen Lewis stated, “This report will quickly become the leading public policy platform for all people truly interested in how to reverse the status quo in our city's public schools.
There is little reason to celebrate waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) (“No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House,” July 6). NCLB’s “obsessive focus on test results” will be much worse under new regulations: The new Common Core Standards calls for an astonishing increase in testing. NCLB requires standardized tests in math and reading at the end of the school year in grades 3-8 and once in high school. This will be expanded to testing in more subjects (social studies, science and maybe more), and in more grade levels. There will also be interim tests given during the year and there may be pretests in the fall to measure growth through the school year. This means about a 20-fold increase over NCLB, more testing than has ever been seen on this planet. There is no evidence that all this testing will improve things. In fact, the evidence we have now strongly suggests that increasing testing does not increase achievement.
This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks The Boston Consulting Group has identified up to 60 Philadelphia school buildings as potential candidates for closure and helped...
Documents and interviews make clear that BCG has been deeply involved in nearly every hot-button issue faced by the District, including continued expansion of charter schools.
In addition to the statements of work, a second set of documents obtained Friday by the Notebook/NewsWorks outline the complex relationship connecting BCG with the William Penn Foundation and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. William Penn has directly contributed $1.5 million and helped raise $1.2 million more to fund BCG's work, and United Way has served as a fiscal conduit for those funds.
This is called philanthrocapitalism!!!!! Shady stuff. Ask Bill Gates!!
CPS BUDGET ANALYSIS: The annual 'We cut bureaucracy' and other lies of recent CPS administrations — from Duncan to Huberman to Brizard (and from Daley to Emanuel)... How the new budget adds central office departments and expands others while the official story says the opposite
Over 815 four-year colleges and universities across the U.S., acting on the belief that "test scores do not equal merit," do not use the SAT or ACT to make admissions decisions about a substantial number of their incoming freshmen classes. These institutions range widely in size and mission.
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.
Some 18 months after the Mississippi Department of Education found that Jackson public schools were violating federal special education law, the department has failed to enforce its own decision, according to a lawsuit filed today in federal district court.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, Disability Rights Mississippi, and the Southern Disability Law Center sued the Mississippi Department of Education for failing to ensure that students with disabilities in the 30,000-student Jackson public school system get the education and services federal law requires. In a Nov. 2010 letter, the department listed a number of violations by the district, which enrolls about 3,000 students with disabilities. The district had to start working on the violations right away, and had a year to address everything.
So far, the advocacy groups say, nothing has changed in Jackson.
A Mississippi education department spokesman said today he was unaware of the suit.
"After telling the public that they would be holding the hearings on their proposed budget in June, as required by law, and then simply ignoring the June deadline, CPS officials announced on Friday, July 7, 2012, that the 2012 hearings would not be held in Chicago's public schools, and that the hearings would be organized to prevent the public from participating in the budget process at all. Instead of hearings on three successive nights, as had been the case for decades, the administration appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has scheduled the hearings simultaneously on one night."
"As the case returns to the federal court, the union teachers have a “good chance” to prevail, according to the CTU’s attorney in the case, Tom Geoghegan. He said a federal district judge already ruled (and an appellate court agreed) that teachers who earned tenure had earned a “property right” under the U.S. Constitution."
CPS FY 2013 BUDGET IS UNREALISTIC AND WILL FURTHER SHORTCHANGE STUDENTS, EDUCATORS
"This is a fantasy budget at best, and it does not address spending prioritization that would result in a better day for all students. It increases charter school spending by 17 percent, but does not address the rampant inequality in education programs across the district. In 2002 charter school spending was about $30 million, now CPS proposes a whopping half-a-billion dollars to a failed reform program that has shown to provide its students with no better education outcomes."
This is a first response with more detailed response coming!
Teachers are against the corporate business plan of Rahm and CPS Millionaires School Board
An educator writes: “The three words to best describe an effective classroom are engagement, engagement, engagement.
Two disturbing policy trends have emerged which emphasize impersonal analysis at the expense, I believe, of relevance and meaning for the learner:
The ubiquitous use of standardized testing has become the sine qua non of teacher evaluations. By insisting that teachers improve their students’ test scores or risk termination, the message is clear. Teachers must reduce the personal, the meaningful, the long arduous and messy journey to understanding, and get to the point if they want to keep their jobs. Never mind that the kids are bored. You’ve got a test to prepare for. Never mind that you’ve heard about your work affecting eternity. You’ve got the state tests next month.
Excellent article regarding the top down mandated Common Core
You’re not speaking to me with this brand of disaster capitalism that tries to shock a besieged public with unproven, untested, and drastic action couched as “solutions.” You’re not speaking to me when you invoke language like “achievement networks,” “portfolio management,” and "rightsizing" our schools – and say not a word about lower class sizes or increasing the presence of loving support personnel or enriching our curriculum.
Parent speaks out at plan to close public schools in Philadelphia.