The Weekly Ed Update- 1.13.17

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Check out our new voucher infosheet

There’s been lots of pushback against President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Her confirmation hearing was delayed this week because she hasn’t completed her ethics paperwork and left the conflicts of interest section blank. The new hearing is scheduled for this coming Wednesday 1/17. DeVos is a proponent of vouchers, for-profit charters and the use of public money for religious schools. She had a terrible track record in Michigan where “as one of the architects of Detroit’s charter school system, she is partly responsible for what even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.

Not surprisingly, Governor Rauner signed a letter of support for DeVos, calling her an “inspired choice.”  It will be important to reach out to our state legislators in the coming months to share info on how vouchers have not worked to improve public ed systems where they’ve been implemented. 

You can learn about what a push for vouchers at the federal level could mean for public schools in our new fact sheet, "'School Choice' and Vouchers: What's at Stake for our Schools in Chicago and Illinois?"

In other news

Elected school board bill dies in the IL Senate

Unfortunately, the elected school board bill was not called for a vote in the IL Senate despite overwhelming support from the public in referendums where roughly 90% of voters were in favor.  The process is going to have to start over again now for the 100th General Assembly, and, according to DNAinfo, Representative Martwick plans to reintroduce the bill immediately.

DNAinfoChicago Voters Demanded An Elected School Board, But They're Not Getting It

Update on Noble data breach

Sun-Times3 Noble Charter staffers Ok’d using CPS student data to recruit

New Board of Education member

Sun-TimesMayor appoints former CPS official to Chicago Board of Education


Events, etc

IL Humanities forum: Our Neighborhood- What it Has, What it Needs
How does economic inequality affect school performance?
Keynote speaker: Pedro Noguera
1/20/17, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Kelly High School, 4136 S. California

High School Students: Join the Generation All Youth Council! Information here. Apply here by January 17 at 5:00pm.