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CPS Lands Teen Pregnancy Grant Fox:  Chicago Public Schools will get more than $3.9 Million in federal teen pregnancy prevention grants... College starts in high school for many teens Tribune: A
record number of Illinois high school students enrolled in college
courses this fall, racking up credits that fulfill high school
requirements and also get them started on a college transcript, state
records show... School Janitor Charged With Assaulting Child CBS2:  A janitor in the Chicago Public Schools has been charged with sexually assaulting a child... Parents: School Responsible in Suicide Fox:  David and Amy Truong insist no one from Hamilton listened to them when
they reported their son was constantly bullied on campus because of his
religious and sexual orientation... Sit-in parents at Whittier set for long winter Sun Times:  Surrounded by pots of food and refrigerators filled with milk and pop, Pilsen parents vowed Friday... Duncan speaks at bar association event in Chicago Tribune: Duncan was the keynote speaker Saturday at an American Bar
Association fall leadership meeting. Young teachers still believe in Superman Medill Reports:  Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy and Emily are the faces of education
in a documentary about the disparities in education. As in all good
dramas, they don't all win in the end... CTU: Many woes at Chicago Public Schools Southtown Star:  Larger class sizes. Inexperienced teachers. Substitute teachers. Trimmed back art, music and after-school programs...

Austin residents worried about police scale back Chicago Reporter:  In an area with more
than 1,000 arrests a month, community members will have to assume some
of the community policing duties to prevent the crime rate from jumping.

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  • from a reader: A Whittier mom called me moments ago to let me know that Peoples Gas just arrived at the field house and has shut off the gas.

  • This money should be used to increase the number of social workers and school nurses. If you had full time social workers and nurses in each school you would see a decline in the number of teen pregnancy, bullying, STD's and more. You would see an increase in attendance, test scores, and teacher morale. The teachers would not be forced to try to play nurse and the children would have someone on their side to help with issues.

    But of course this money will be used on some new curriculum, or computer program. When will the powers that be realize that our children need more people, not things.

  • dueling press releases about judge coar's decision -- more to come as soon as it's available:

    CTU Wins Illegal Teacher Firing Case
    Against Chicago Board of Education

    CTU President Karen Lewis

    Press Conference

    Tuesday, 10/4/2010 at 7:00 p.m.

    222 W. Merchandise Mart, Suite 400
    Chicago, IL

    To make statement and answer media questions about the local and national implications of today

  • fox news summarizes the decision as having found the firing of 400 tenured teachers and 200 office staff to have been unlawful - that the resolution and actions taken after it were no good.

    does that get teachers their jobs back? it sounds like it doesn't. even with edujobs? that sounds hard to believe.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    October 4, 2010

    CHICAGO - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today announced a stunning court victory that brings tremendous benefits to public school students and parents, and restores justice to teachers who were unlawfully fired by the Chicago Board of Education (Board).

    U.S. District Judge David H. Coar today declared that the firing of tenured teachers under the Board's June 15, 2010 resolution granting CEO Ron Huberman the power to fire teachers without regard to seniority or tenure was illegal. The judge further barred the Chicago Board of Education from "conducting future layoffs or 'honorable discharges' in a similarly unlawful manner." The judge ordered the Chicago Board of Education to negotiate a set of recall rules within the next 30 days.

    "Teachers unions were formed in the first place to protect mainly female teachers from retaliatory actions, political firings and crony hirings. Nothing's changed. The need for strong unions to protect teachers, students and academic freedom, especially in Chicago, is upheld today. Through these illegal firings, the Chicago Board of Education tried to silence our tenured teachers who are the strongest advocates for students' educational rights and the real fighters for better learning environments. Chicago Public Schools should stop slurring our teachers, suggesting that those fired somehow were less than exemplary teachers. The court appears to agree - tenure is necessary to academic freedom," said Lewis.

  • Good points and good question, NoBS. The CTU will post the entire ruling soon.

  • so the cps statement means that ... no one gets her job back?

  • Teachers, if you don't get back your jobs, sue the Board of Education!

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