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IL_CT (10)1,000 Chicago teachers to be let go in annual layoff The layoffs include the annual reduction in teaching staff because of school closings and enrollment declines, but they also include school-based...

Emanuel announces expansion of CPS 'teaching academies' Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans today to expand a Chicago Public Schools teacher training program that would double the number of so-called "teaching academies" at chronically failing schools across the city. 

Mayor Emanuel encourages new education grads to work for CPSAlthough many Chicago Public Schools teachers believe Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put a target on their backs, on Saturday the mayor encouraged education graduates from National Louis University to come work for CPS. 

Bashing Brizard won't fix Chicago's schools (opinion): I know it's in vogue to complain about well-paid "corporate fat cats," but can we give the hubbub about the incoming Chicago Public Schools superintendent's salary a rest? 


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  • We understand the teachers

  • Given the poor academic outcomes for CPS students with disabilities it is hard to understand how the district can lay off any special education teachers even if there is an overall reduction in the number of special education students in CPS. According to the newest CPS ISAT data for 2011, only 28.9% of CPS students with IEP in grades 3-8 can read at or above state standards.

    To put a number on this there are currently 13,612 students with disablities in grades 3-8 who are not proficient readers and who may deserve additional services. Laying off any special education teachers with these kinds of numbers is simply educational negligence.

    Rod Estvan

  • Dear Anonymous, do you know who the principal candidates are?

  • layoffs averted in NYC, and meanwhile folks on the huffington post education page have LOTS to say about the announced layoffs here:

  • Dear Anonymous, I was told that the pink slips for teachers will start going out July 1, 2011.

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