The Weekly Ed Update- 12.23.16

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Happy Holidays from RYH

We hope everyone has some peace and joy over the holiday break. There will be a lot to contend with in the New Year as we work towards adequate and equitable funding and policies that are in the best interest of kids and not corporate interests.

In the meantime, enjoy some holiday carols that parents created for Governor Rauner:

Festive Funding Toolkit

DNAinfoCPS Mom Sings Christmas Plea To Rauner And Dems


Rahm’s private emails

The BGA sued to get Mayor Emanuel’s private emails because public officials are not supposed to use private email for business matters.

It is not clear what may have been withheld from this email dump. Numerous prominent CPS issues either are mentioned either minimally or not at all: the 50 school closings, the unfunded longer day, Aramark, and only a brief reference to Barbara Byrd Bennett.

As a whole, however, the emails show the access to and influence on the Mayor that the most prominent supporters of education privatization in Chicago have— John Rowe, Ken Griffin, Bruce Rauner, the Pritzker family, Frank Clark.

Some education-related highlights in the ~2700 pages of emails that were released:

Bruce Rauner and the Mayor emailed regularly around education policy and other areas in his first term, and Rauner was closely involved in setting up meetings on ed policy, inviting high-ranking CPS employees, such as Tim Cawley, and BoE members to join him. (See pages 39-43, 337, 452.) Rauner advised the Mayor to have CPS teachers take the ACT yearly and have schools publish teachers’ average scores every year, as well as student scores, and said “this will lay the groundwork for constant measurement and reporting (like all great organizations do) so that when cps rolls out student growth grades for teachers and schools, the psychological shock will not be as big and we'll be set for a whole new ballgame.” (p.41) Luckily, this suggestion was ignored.

Frank Clark made reference to the 2012 strike (p. 557) and said, while it was unfortunate that teachers put themselves before students, it would provide an opportunity for the media and general public to focus in another direction, on charter schools, which he then went on to claim were superior to district schools. Note: you weren’t imagining it, our Board has a bias towards charter schools!

There’s an interesting exchange (p. 1148) between Alderman Joe Moore and the Mayor on Noble trying to move into Rogers Park, another case where an elected claims neutrality in public, but not in private.

DNAinfoAld Moore wanted Noble to take over UNO charter in Rogers Park

You can read and search all the emails here.


In other news

CBS: Parents Rally To Keep Seward School Annex Open

Sun-TimesSeveral high schools could be closed to make make way for Englewood high schools

WBEZ: Sources: New High School In The Works For Englewood


Generation All Youth Council

Generation All is a citywide initiative to unite Chicagoans in revitalizing neighborhood public high schools so all students experience high quality learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom with the support of the wider community. Generation All is developing their first Youth Council. Please share the application with CPS high school students. Applications are due by January 9, 2017, 5:00pm.


CPSuccess Holiday Edition!

Some festive highlights from recent CPSuccess Tumblr posts:

Lowell Elementary parents create ornaments

Budlong Elementary Kindergarteners & 6th grade buddies build gingerbread traps

Lincoln Park High School Beginner and Intermediate chorus perform

Make sure to check out #cpsuccess on Twitter, too!