It’s amazing just how much I felt I needed a weekend after only two days back. My students were great for the most part, but this job gets demanding and I feel it more this year with the longer day and year.
It hasn’t been a good week for Michelle Rhee. She’s the subject of not one, but two different stories this week:
“There were known to be some significant differences on political strategy and policy matters, especially in StudentsFirst’s approach toward unions and partisanship,” said a source close to the education reform community who declined to be named in order to preserve working relationships.”
“The hour-long program raises questions about whether District officials have adequately investigated persistent suspicions that public school employees may have tampered with tests during the tenure of former schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.”
“Paying teachers less and getting fewer cops to do more enables Mayor Rahm to take the money he saves on salaries and hand it over to rich developers to build upscale skyscrapers in high-rent neighborhoods that are already bursting with development.”
The commission has posted a whole lot of new resources on their site for anybody following the school closings.
“A potential breakthrough on a pension fix surfaced on Friday when Quinn announced that Madigan had agreed to defer until a later date a measure to gradually shift state payments for teacher pensions onto local school districts. Republican lawmakers were concerned the move would lead to local property tax hikes.”