Emanuel & Brizard Make Home Visits (But Teachers Won't Have To)

News of the day includes the Mayor's call for a long school day, a story about what parts of the Culture Of Calm program will be retained, and Catalyst notes the big news that Brizard's much-discussed idea of home visits by teachers isn't going to be implemented.

Mayor Emanuel, schools chief spread back-to-school message Sun Times:  Asked whether he still intends to ask teachers to make “house calls,” Brizard said, “I never pushed that. That was not our push. The push is to make sure schools connect with families. That was my main message.”

Mayor Emanuel, CPS chief, ministers all push for more school time Sun Times:  With the first day of school quickly approaching, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday held fast to his push for more class time for kids in the upcoming school year.

Emanuel still pushing longer school day Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel used a back-to-school event Tuesday to once again push for a longer school day, an issue likely to be raised during negotiations over the school board's vote to rescind the 4 percent annual raise promised teachers and other union...

Brizard to hire schools portfolio officer. Bill Gerstein, a former school principal who is now leading the family and community engagement effort, says there’s anxiety among the members about whether their work will be respected.

Back to School Deals Fox:  There's no reason to pay full price when you are getting educated! Consumer Guru Steve Noviello says you can save time and money on back-to-school deals with just a few clicks of the mouse!

CPS Preserving Safe Passage CNC:  CPS spent $8.4 million on Safe Passage during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the district’s budget figures. The district budgeted $16.6 million for Culture of Calm in the last school year. Last year, the district allocated $15 million for the mentoring programs.

Apollo Group to acquire Carnegie Learning for $75M eSchool News:  Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor software, used by districts such as Chicago Public Schools, follows students' actions within the software to determine each student's strategy in solving a problem.

Program wants to get CPS student 'Fit to Learn' WGN:  Your kids may not be ready for the school year to start, but local teachers sure are. They've spent part of the summer in the classroom getting tips on how to keep your kids smart and healthy this school year.

Image via Sun Times


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  • nearly 2400 city employees make over 100K, according to this blog post -- any of them affiliated with running schools?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    sorry -- here it is:

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    CPS employeees are not city workers...nor or CTA workers...a common misconception....

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Drop the area--network? bilingual coaches--they coach NOTHING and earn well over $100K. They are a waste--put them in the schools and make them teach!
    Waste of money for doing nothing. let's see them be great teachers--many have not taught for years!!!!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Please hire competent, knowledgeable, experienced SPED personnel. I am so tired of making individual schedules for inclusion students becasue the SSAs are too stupid/lazy to read a time distribution sheet and correlate it with the IEPs.

    When you tell them your caseload is such that the can not meet the minutes you get the deaf ear. You know they hear you because before they leave for their long lunch they tell the administrator that the minutes must be met and if we can not meet them to redo the IEPS-totally illegal. The $300.00 monthy case manager stipend has caused some case managers to exhibit selective mutism. And the beat goes on...

  • the 1979 version of the "is your kid ready for 1st grade?" survey


  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Dig up an early 80s 4th or 5th grade Iowa test. You'd be shocked at how easy it is.

  • beachwood reporter notes that channel 2 won't talk about its airing of an edited clip of a little kid that made him sound like he was a future criminal


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