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Mind the Gap: Students Scoring Proficient by State, But Not International Standards

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From DFER's Blog Series: Infographic Tuesdays

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Making The Second City's Schools Second to None

In 2010, schools across Illinois were still reeling from the Great Recession. The Chicago Tribune reported that the crisis strained school budgets in Illinois so much that many were at a "breaking point." Across the state, teachers and parents worried that schools would not be able to open their doors, let alone improve their practice. Despite inheriting a school system in economic freefall, newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel did far more than confront budget challenges. In his first three years in office, Mayor Emanuel has secured more time for instruction, more public school options for parents, and more support for students.

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DFER News Roundup

DFER News Roundup

Education news fresher than the iPhone 6!

By Stephanie Doctrow, Communications Coordinator and Web Editor and Bianca Dorsey, Communications Project Coordinator

DFER Seen & Heard:

  • “For goodness sake, let’s stop finding reasons to fight against the innovation, creativity and success we are seeing in education that our citizens want and need,” DFER Board Chair Emeritus Kevin Chavous writes in the Washington Informer.
  • DFER-IL called on CTU President Karen Lewis to choose between declaring her candidacy for mayor and negotiating the next teachers contract, reports the Chicago Sun-Times’ Natasha Korecki. 
  • DFER-NY State Director Nicole Brisbane tells EdWeek’s Andrew Ujifusa that Governor Andrew Cuomo “deserves credit for his long-term approach to teacher evaluations, Common Core implementation, and support for charter schools and other school choice in NY.”
  • In The Olympian, DFER-WA’s Lisa Macfarlane suggests that the state’s Supreme Court appoint a “special master” to facilitate funding for the state’s public schools.
  • DFER-NY’s Craig Johnson comments on inequitable teacher distribution to Capital New York’s Jessica Bakeman.

Advocacy, Policy Briefs & Such:

  • Statement | DFER-IL Calls On CTU President Karen Lewis To Choose Between Mayoral Candidate Or Lead Negotiator In New Teacher Contract. 
  • Statement | Education Reformers Beef Up Staff.

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In Related News:

  • Conor Williams writes about the anti-reform movement’s “ad hominem problem” for Talking Points Memo

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DFER-IL Calls On CTU President Karen Lewis To Choose Between Mayoral Candidate Or Lead Negotiator In New Teacher Contract

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Owen Kilmer | 708.560.3388 | Owen@dfer.org

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DFER-IL Calls On CTU President Karen Lewis To Choose Between Mayoral Candidate Or Lead Negotiator In New Teacher Contract

Chicago -- Democrats for Education Reform - Illinois (DFER-IL) today called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to either declare her intentions to run for mayor of Chicago or step down from her post leading negotiations for a new teacher contract.

“With a $40,000 contribution to her mayoral campaign, President Lewis has made it clear she is running for Mayor, but she has also said that she will force negotiations over a new teacher’s contract this year,” DFER-IL State Director Rebeca Nieves-Huffman said.

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Who Runs Public Charter Schools?

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