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Archive for March 10th, 2014

Guilt by Representation: The Senate’s Shameful Vote

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to legal counsel.

At no point does it state that representing counsel shall be penalized for upholding this basic principle.  This certainly was not the case for John Roberts when he defended serial killer John Ferguson, convicted of killing eight people.  In fact, Roberts earned Senate confirmation and became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

However, punitive voting is precisely what occurred this week when the Senate rejected, 52-47, the nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice – a decision based largely on his work as legal counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal when he worked as a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF).  While Adegbile never represented Abu-Jamal in any of his trials, he worked on legal briefs once the LDF took Abu-Jamal’s appeal based on blatant racial bias in the jury selection and instruction in the trial.  In fact, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with LDF’s arguments and overturned Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, giving him life imprisonment without parole.

Adegbile is highly-regarded across the legal and civil rights communities. Earlier this year, the National Urban League joined 75 other organizations in a letter of support for his nomination.  At that time, we called him “one of the preeminent civil rights litigators of his generation…a consensus builder…[who] has earned respect and admiration from a bipartisan set of colleagues, lawyers, and leaders…because of his principled and measured approach to issues.”  We wholly stand by that today.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Abu-Jamal, Adegbile upheld the principles and expectations of our justice system and did not deny a defendant the right to competent counsel.

The Senate’s actions, on the other hand, are disappointing and disgraceful, and perhaps worst of all, puncture a precedent-setting hole in the very principles of our nation’s Bill of Rights.

President Obama’s Statement on Bloody Sunday

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“Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans.

“On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution.  Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people.  We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”

Solving Inequality

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By Williams Spriggs

The job numbers came out for February last week. The preliminary numbers show that private-sector employment grew by 162,000, meaning it is very likely that in March, private-sector employment will top its previous peak of 115.9 million in January 2008. That is the good news. The bad news is we will still be down 666,000 jobs from the employment peak in January 2008. While private-sector jobs will recover in March, public-sector jobs will not.

This is a large part of the reason that, while most mainstream voices now talk about inequality, it will be difficult to solve. There is a common view that: “Only businesses create jobs.” But, that mantra is at the core of the neo-liberal policies that drive inequality and brought about the Great Recession. It is true that businesses create jobs. It is also true the public sector creates jobs.

Jobs are a derived demand. That is, most people do not go around hiring airline pilots or chefs. But when you fly by buying an airplane ticket, you and your fellow passengers are creating a demand for the airline to hire a pilot. When you go to a restaurant to eat a meal, you and your fellow diners are creating a demand for the restaurant to hire a chef. When someone says “only businesses create jobs” they are declaring that only individual demands for private goods are legitimate demands. And that our policies must be tilted so “businesses” can respond to those individual private demands.

That view has many problems. First, it removes the legitimacy of people speaking with a democratic voice to demand something. If we demand high-quality public schools with low classroom size, that creates a demand we expect our government to respond to by hiring highly skilled teachers in enough numbers to give our children small classes. If we demand an efficient way to get to work, we expect our government to respond by building mass public transportation networks and hiring the construction firms and transportation workers to make that function. These are examples of legitimate demands that “create jobs.”

Second, if only individual demand for a private good is legitimate, then the high level of inequality means that the sum of our society will be determined by only a few people. Because income is unequal, so is consumption. The marketplace responds to dollar votes, not people votes. Since the 7.4 percent of households earning more than $150,000 a year account for 18.4 percent of all consumption expenditures in the United States, they have 2.5 times more votes than their share of the number of households on what will be produced based on individual demands.

Those households account for 34.6 percent of all private education dollars spent in the United States. That means they get 4.7 votes on shaping education decisions like what colleges should provide. The bottom 60 percent of households, by income, has to make do on 38 percent of the goods and services that private households buy. That means the bottom 60 percent by household count each get two-thirds of one vote on what our society will produce.

Third, is the often repeated fallacy that businesses alone create jobs, because government needs tax revenues to provide services. So, government does not create jobs unless the private sector creates the income to tax. But, a restaurant or airline does not create revenue. Workers have to have incomes to demand products to create the revenues for restaurants and airlines.

There is a circular flow of money and economic activity between government, business and the household sector. The business sector needs the government to enforce contracts, provide the infrastructure ofroads and port facilities to move their goods and a literate workforce. The business sector also needs well-paid workers in the household sector to afford the goods and services the business sector sells and still have savings to provide the investment funds for business to expand. So, the business sector is not an island.

Public demand must not be squelched by the plutocracy, because the governmentreacts to one person, one vote and is democratic. The plutocracy wants the economy run by their votes. The bottom 60 percent of households need more than 38 percent of the economy to thrive. That can’t happen if we don’t see that the solution is job creation to get the more than 300,000 public-school teachers, whom our children have lost since the recession began, back to the classroom.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

City Colleges of Chicago Announces Appointment of Angelia Millender as President of Olive-Harvey College

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CHICAGO, IL – City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman announced the appointment of Angelia N. Millender as president at Olive-Harvey College, located at 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago, following a nation-wide search.

“Angelia shares our vision to prepare every student for further college and a career,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman. “She brings years of experience to the position having worked to develop programs and services that improve outcomes for minority and low-income students. Angelia’s dedication to student success and her strong leadership skills will help her build upon the successes at Olive-Harvey College.”

Millender will lead the college, which prepares students for jobs and for further education via transfer to four-year institutions. Since the Reinvention initiative began, degrees awarded at Olive-Harvey have increased nearly 25 percent. Olive-Harvey College is City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) programs. A new $45 million TDL facility is currently under construction that will provide training to prepare students for the 110,000 TDL jobs expected to be created in the Chicago area over the next decade.

Most recently, Millender served as District Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As a member of the senior leadership team, she was responsible for managing district-wide student services and enrollment for associate and bachelor’s degree students.

Millender brings more than 30 years of education administration experience to the position as well as an extensive understanding of the Chicagoland community. She spent 20 years working in a variety of administrative roles at Robert Morris College including Vice President of Student Services as well as Director of Career Planning and Placement. As part of the executive leadership team, Millender worked to create student services that helped yield increased completion rates and higher career placement rates for graduates.

Millender is a graduate of National Louis University’s Master of Science program in Management. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Chicago State University. In addition, Millender received a Certificate in Mediation from DePaul University’s Center for Conflict Resolution.

To learn more about Olive-Harvey College, visit www.ccc.edu.

About City Colleges of Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,700 faculty and staff serving 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites city-wide. City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise City Colleges programs and practices to ensure students leave City Colleges college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals.

City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges:  Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call: (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.

State Advocacy Update: Strategies for Sentencing Reform for Long-Term Prisoners

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(From The Sentencing Project)

A number of states have been addressing sentencing policies in their legislative sessions this year. Lawmakers in Idaho and Nebraska are considering revisions to their criminal codes. Legislation to address racial disparity in sentencing policy is in play in Mississippi and Florida. And California lawmakers recently introduced a measure to equalize penalties for crack and powder cocaine offenses. Much of the atmosphere to move sentencing reform has targeted alternatives for persons convicted of nonviolent offenses.

Strategies to address mass incarceration will also need to incorporate approaches to revising policies affecting those serving long sentences, including life sentences with and without parole. A significant amount of political will and support is needed to create the atmosphere that makes reform possible. Advocates are working to actively build that will through a variety of strategies that include research, media advocacy, and administrative/executive reform.

Research – In recent years, The Sentencing Project has published reports with state specific data that documents increases in the number of individuals serving long prison terms. At the state level,  Michigan’s Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending (CAPPS) published two reports that recommend reforms to the parole process for persons serving parole eligible prison terms. And last year, the Massachusetts’ Coalition for Effective Public Safety released a white paper on that state’s parole policy. Prioritizing a strategy of state specific research can help advocacy campaigns develop a reform narrative and identify a range of state specific policy goals around which to organize.

Research has also focused on rates of recidivism among persons sentenced for serious offenses. A 2011 California-based study tracked 860 people convicted of homicide and sentenced to life, all of whom were paroled beginning in 1995. Longitudinal analysis of their outcomes finds that in the years since their release, only five individuals (less than 1%) have been returned to prison or jail because of new felonies. And New York advocates have focused on low rates of recidivism for older prisoners, with the hope that such tactics will create the political will to address release rates among incarcerated elders.

Media – Much of the work to move long term sentencing reform is focused on creating the atmosphere in which officials concerned with their next election cycle can act. That reality has led advocates to prioritize media strategies that move a public safety narrative and emphasize a broad coalition of support. In Michigan, CAPPS organized a statement in support of parole reform that has been endorsed by more than two dozen former corrections officials. The tactic is a part of an overall action plan to identify voices from key legislative districts.

Prioritizing a rapid response strategy can also be helpful in maintaining momentum for long term sentencing reform. The ability of elected officials to be moved can be challenged when there are high profile cases of paroled persons committing a new offense. Countering that narrative can require the use of limited capacity, but can be helpful negating the ability of individual acts to undermine the need for policy change. Last year, following the tragic murder of Colorado Department of Corrections official, Tom Clements, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition placed an op-ed co-authored by the libertarian think tank, the Independence Institute.  The op-ed championed sentencing reforms implemented during the Clements administration and encouraged lawmakers to move forward in rethinking criminal justice policies.

Administrative/Executive – Moving sentencing reform for long-term prisoners through a state’s legislative process can be difficult. As a result, some state campaigns have organized around modifying the parole review process, with the target of such efforts being the executive or parole board members. Wisconsin’s WISDOM, a grassroots coalition of more than 150 faith-based organizations, has targeted Gov. Scott Walker to direct the state’s Department of Corrections and its Parole Commission to change its practices in considering parole eligible prisoners sentenced before 2000 for release. The campaign’s analysis determined that an unknown number of Wisconsin prisoners remain behind bars longer than their sentencing judges envisioned because practices among the state’s parole board have decreased the rate of release for parole eligible long timers. In California, changes in practice by Gov. Jerry Brown have led to an increase in the rate of release among parole eligible lifers. While former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approved 27% of parole eligible lifers for release, Gov. Brown’s approval rate is 82%.

Additionally, the recent request from the federal Department of Justice to the defense bar to ramp up submissions for clemency petitions may inspire a new strategy for state reforms where governors have similar authority. Advocates interested in pursuing such an approach may be encouraged by the leadership of former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich who established a clinic on clemency matters at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. One of the clinic’s priorities is to hold workshops for newly elected governors and their staff.

Other news:

KENTUCKY’s League of Women Voters issued an analysis on the amendments to the state’s voting rights measure; the changes are estimated to deny rights restoration for 100,000 persons. ● MISSISSIPPI ‘s NAACP raised concerns about a provision in a comprehensive criminal justice measure that would expand the category of violent offenses to include burglary of a dwelling. ● MISSOURI lawmakers advanced legislation that modifies the lifetime federal ban on food stamps for persons with felony drug convictions.

Tips? Feedback? Email Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy, at nporter@sentencingproject.org

State Regulators Honor National Consumer Protection Week

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is working with the Federal Trade Commission and state and local governments across the country to help struggling families cope with financial challenges. Its three divisions: Banking; Financial Institutions; and Professional Regulation work directly with Illinois families that borrow money, own homes, have accounts at Illinois depository institutions or hire the more than one million licensed professionals in the state. Our mission is to help prevent fraud and unprofessional behavior by regulating thousands of businesses and by providing assistance to Illinois residents who have had unsatisfactory experiences with professional licensees.

“We want to make sure Illinois consumers know they have a resource if they believe a licensed business or individual is taking advantage of them,” said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. “The consumer protection laws we enforce enable the agency to discipline and deter the bad actors in the industries and professions we regulate.”

As part of National Consumer Protection Week activities, IDFPR is partnering with Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-2) to provide a one-stop home ownership expo on March 15, 2014 to help current and prospective homeowners speak directly to lenders about loan modifications. Participants can gain useful advice about mortgage refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, credit counseling and avoiding scam artists. Homeowners can also obtain private, one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-certified counselors and mortgage companies.

“Owning a home is something most of us strive for,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “Programs like this housing expo make sure that our neighbors have the resources they need to purchase and keep their family home.”

Before visiting an MRP event listed below, families who already own their homes should collect the documents listed in the Mortgage Relief Project Document Checklist.

Illinois State Board of Education announces Board video-conference meeting for March 12

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting via video-conference in Chicago and Springfield on Wednesday, March 12.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

March 12, 2014

Chicago Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 14th Floor, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Springfield Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 100 N. First St., Springfield

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at: www.isbe.net

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

9 a.m.


I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A. Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Public Participation

III. Resolutions & Recognition

IV. Presentations and Updates

A. Educator Candidate Diversity Meeting Follow-Up

V. IBHE Liaison Report

VI. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: February 19, 2014

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 25 (Educator Licensure)

Includes new Section 25.355, which sets forth requirements for the revised superintendent’s endorsement to be issued beginning in 2019.

2. Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois)

This new Part sets forth requirements for programs that prepare superintendents and

addresses admission, curricular and staff criteria, as well as the standards for program approval and the competencies that candidates should master in order to qualify for the endorsement.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

Makes technical changes to conform the rules to the new licensure system that took effect July 1, 2013, and acknowledges changes in receipt of the elementary education and middle grades endorsements. Two letters of public comment were received on this rulemaking, although no changes are being recommended in response to the comments received.  Therefore, the version being presented for adoption is identical to the version the Board initially reviewed in December.

2. Part 25 (Educator Certification)

Responds to recently enacted statutory changes and makes other technical changes; eliminates the limit on the number of times a licensure candidate or applicant may take a required test; and proposes minimum scores to be used for the ACT and SAT writing components that are comparable to the minimum writing score on the Illinois test of basic skills. Thirty-one letters of public comment were received on this rulemaking; several changes are being recommended as a result of the comments.

3. Part 30 (Programs for the Preparation of Principals in Illinois),

Proposes flexibility in requirements specific to internship sites and the number of candidates for which a mentor has responsibility; responds to P.A. 97-581, effective August 27, 2013, regarding the content-area test.  Forty-one letters of public comment were received on this rulemaking; one change is being recommended as a result of the comments.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Renewal of Intergovernmental Agreement: Illinois State University


2. Request to Award Contract: FY15 ELL Professional Development

E. *Targeted Initiatives Grants

1. Request to Award Grant: Oak Park ESD 97

2. Request to Award Grant: Wiley Resource Center, NFP

End of Consent Agenda

Break for Lunch

F. Financial Profile

G. Special Education Expenditure/Revenue Report

VII. Discussion Items

A. District Oversight – Monthly Update

B. Legislative Update

C. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX. Information Items

A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

X. Closed Session (as needed)

XI. Adjourn

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Announces 2014/15 Subscription Season

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CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey announced today the 2014/15 Subscription Season, including a series of premieres; one remaining title will be announced at a later date. The season begins in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre with Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, directed by Henry Wishcamper. Up next, Joe Mantello directs the world premiere of Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour. In the Upstairs Theatre, Robert O’Hara directs Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi. And in April 2015, ensemble member K. Todd Freeman directs The Herd by Rory Kinnear.

“Our 2014/15 season is a treasure trove of great plays and exciting artists. Part of our job at Steppenwolf is to offer both the familiar and the new. We do this in our selection of plays and in our presentation of artists. We are anchored in the work of our ensemble and feel privileged to bring their extensive collaborations into our home,” comments Artistic Director Martha Lavey.
Steppenwolf ensemble members currently confirmed for the 2014/15 season include: Alana Arenas, Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, K. Todd Freeman, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Ora Jones, John Mahoney and Alan Wilder. Additional artists to be announced.

Season subscriptions are currently on-sale. Packages start at $100. Student, educator and access discount subscriptions available. To purchase a 2014/15 subscription, visit Audience Services at 1650 N Halsted St, call 312-335-1650 or visit steppenwolf.org.

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