News has broke that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a former private equity executive, once told some of Chicago's wealthiest and most influential civic leaders that half of the city's public school teachers were "virtually illiterate" and half of the principals were "incompetent." His audience included Penny Pritzker, now U.S. commerce secretary; billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin; Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson; and Helen Zell, wife of billionaire real estate magnate Sam Zell. The comments, made five years ago, were divulged in emails Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration released Thursday under a court order. #CashinginonKids">'>#CashinginonKids

Since 2005, Denver Public Schools has opened more than 70 schools, most of which are charter schools. A teacher shares her thoughts after recently leaving the district: “When I think about the impact that Denver’s reform had on my students, I can say for certain that it hurt them more than it helped. There is no profit and loss statement or yearly report that can come close to quantifying the difference that good schools, teachers, and administrators make in the lives of children.”

D.C. officials just approved a public schools food vendor contract with international conglomerate SodexoMagic that could be worth $186 million over five years. Ivy Ken of The D.C. School Food Project writes, “As you know, Chartwells/Thompson Hospitality just spent most of a decade bilking this city. So what company has D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) chosen to replace Chartwells? Sodexo. A company with $22 billion in revenue last year. A company that has a remarkable record of poor service, bad food, racial discrimination, union busting, and more.”