AM News: Money Money Money

State's unpaid bills hit a record $5 billion Tribune
The
State Board of Education estimated it owes Chicago Public Schools
nearly $100 million for special education and transportation.

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How's your teacher? Tribune (editorial)
The
plan will land this week on the desks of state legislators -- and they
will be asked to vote by the end of the week to send it to Gov. Pat
Quinn. Why the rush? Because there is a ton of money at stake.

Fenger's emergency federal grant used for "public health approach to violence"
Catalyst
Fenger
High School will use more than half of the $500,000 grant promised by
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in October after the beating death
of Derrion Albert to provide more support to teachers in how to manage
students without harsh punishments.

CORE begins 'Testing Task Force' Substance News
At
its January 6, 2010 meeting, CORE steering committee member Norine
Gutekanst announced that CORE was launching a 'Testing Task Force" to
be chaired by Boone Elementary School teacher Wade Tillett, who had
recently written about the misuse of standardized tests in Chicago's
public schools.

Failed Olympics Bid Leaves Neighborhood in Flux News Co-Op
A
hospital complex in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood is being
demolished but there are no plans yet for what will take its place.

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  • What a yuck and creepy editorial Trib., if only yous guys knew what you were talking about. And to Timothy Daly, president NTP, you cannnot even teach in Il and have never served 1 month in an inner-city public school. You donot knw what you are talking about either--yes, know the program well--it ain't that great.

  • Ew. You are right. CREEPY is the word. "The bill makes some excellent demands, including that the performance of students be used as a measure of teacher performance. In some ways, though, it is a missed opportunity. It doesn't require that schools use the evaluation results in tenure decisions or that consistently underperforming teachers be fired. So we're going to have to count on school administrators to make good use of this tool."
    And the line about shaking up the "educational status quo" is icky too. This text assumes that the status quo is "bad teachers." You got that, right? But, what's really the "status quo" as you've experienced it in CPS? I have my opinion --- and it's more about the "bad" administrators in powerful positions than any classroom or sped teacher.

  • Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago - Join the authors and featured guests in a discussion of the book during a live video web cast on January 14, 2010 from 9:00 AM

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