AM: Cutting Police From Schools

The big news of the weekend would seem to be the possibility that CPS will pare back its $25 million a year police presence program, which basically assigns at least one officer to each school.  Take a look at this and other news and share what you think about the move.

Cops in schools too costly: CPS Sun Times:  Do all Chicago public high schools really need two Chicago police officers stationed inside them every day — at a cost of $25 million a year?

Expanding Hispanic Students’ Academic Horizons CNC:  Chicago Public Schools last week named Juarez one of eight struggling schools that it will seek to improve using $50 million in new federal money.

Gov. Quinn's budget hits Medicaid, school transportation funding Statehouse News:  Gov. Quinn enacted a $32.9 billion state budget late Thursday but cut the spending package state lawmakers sent to him by $712.5 million, targeting schools and hospitals that serve low-income patients.

Some CPS parents want teachers’ kids to get a leg up getting into magnet schools Sun Times:  Hundreds of parents have signed a petition urging that the children of teachers at prized Chicago magnet schools be given special admission preference at the schools where their parents work.

Go, Marshall: Chicago's schools turnaround strategy is working Tribune (editorial): Here's how it works: The Chicago Public Schools district replaces school leadership and staff, revamps curriculum, beefs up security, and brings in extra social workers and counselors to revive troubled schools...

Neighborhood groups want the needs of CPS student put first Austin Talks:  Nearly 300 Chicago Public Schools are underperforming and on probation – meaning student reading and math scores are not improving and haven't been for at least three years.

Chicago School Goes for the Gold Eat Drink Better:  Walsh Elementary School was recently honored as one of nineteen Chicago Public Schools to achieve the “Go for the Gold” program, a local version of the national “Healthier US School Challenge”.

Teachers Across The Country Face Layoffs NPR:  In Milwaukee, 354 teachers are going to be laid off. In Chicago, a thousand. Smaller school districts are losing positions too.

LA school board approves budget, includes layoffs AP:  The sprawling Los Angeles school district, the nation's second-largest, now has a final budget that includes pay cuts and layoffs of about 3,000 employees, including some teachers and counselors.

CPS Considering Property Tax Increase CBS2:  As WBBM Newsradio 780′s David Roe reports, the Chicago Tribune says administrators for the school system are seeking to take in $100 million more in property taxes.

Preparing teachers for a lifetime in the classroom The Hechinger Report:  The first year in UTEP is a mix of academic coursework, guided observations of numerousChicago Public Schools, twice-weekly tutoring of elementary or middle-school students, and a “soul strand,” which promotional materials describe as an opportunity.


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  • here's a roundup of news coverage over the weekend, via the huffington post education page (or maybe its chicago page i forget):

  • a salary cap for suburban teachers? that's what some parents want, according to this roundup of teacher salaries from the herald (via catalyst)

  • kotlowitz at the harold washington library on the 15 (week from friday)

  • emanuel slams cops for sitting around rather than patrolling in schools -- did he really not know?

  • remember carlos ponce? well he's now interim chief at CHA

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