Wednesday Open Discussion

I'm running around all day today so there's not going to be any formal updating. I'll try and do some twitter and the updates will post here:


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    Meantime feel free to suggest topics of interest or concern, share links, or comment on the state of things.  I'm curious about how the first few weeks of school have been feeling, whether it feels all that different from last year, and what changes are being implemented at your schools.  I'll

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    • Can a principal mandate a "no blue jeans or denim" policy?

    • Can a principal mandate a "no blue jeans or denim " policy? NO! What act of misconduct, out of the "Employee Disclipline And Due Process Policy" would they write you up on? If they do write you up, contract your union delegate and union field representative!

    • here's an article about global experience high school from the tribune

      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-x-c-gobal-experience-high-school-020100929,0,7773264,full.story

    • At the last Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meeting, during the two hour public participation session on channel 21, the Board of Education ONLY showed one hour and eighteen minutes of the public testimony! One of the speakers that the Board cut out of the TV viewing was a parent who is the chairperson of the Whittier Elementary School LSC. CPS, what are you afraid of? Why won't you let the citizens of Chicago who can not attend the Board of Education meetings, know what parents, students, teachers and community people have to tell you? Start acting like adults and start showing the entire public participation sessions! P.S.- Today Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 3 pm there will be a LSC meeting at Whittier Elementary School, 1900 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL. The public is welcome to attend.

    • Front Row asked, can a principal mandate a "no blue jean or denim" policy? The full answer is, at a charter school yes, at a CPS school no. However, CPS faculty and staff personal qualities is a part of your evaluation. In evaluating classroom teachers, principals must use clear and reasonable criteria in four general areas: instruction, school environment, community relationships, and professional and personal standards. Under IV. Professional and Personal Standards: B. Personal Qualities- Presents an appearance that does not adversely affect the student's ability to learn. So the question is, if a teacher wears blue jeans or denims will it adversely affect the student's ability to learn? Maybe, maybe not. It would have to be determined on a case by case basis. Also,there may be additional criteria that can properly be used by principals to assess teachers' performance. If necessary, additional criteria may be added during the school year if shared with the teachers prior to implementation. All additional criteria shall be presented to the teachers, in writing, prior to implementation. Front Row, I hope this answers your question.

    • In reply to chijas:

      Thank you

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