Getting Ready For Day One

Today's education news is that, well, there is no news (that I can find).  Some clips below, but it seems like we're in some sort of pause.  What're you doing with you last days before school starts?  Seen your classroom yet?  Know what grade you're going to teach / who your kid's teacher is going to be?  Any last minute changes or alterations to the usual runup to the school year?  What's going on that should be getting covered but is being ignored?

Education quality is theme of IEA radio ad EIA:  The new ad, featuring Illinois Teacher of the Year Annice Brave, talks about IEA’s advocacy for policies that, “… value our educators, raise standards and accountability in the classroom and ensure every student benefits [...]

Top City Colleges official resigns after sham move to city Sun Times:  A top administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago recently resigned under pressure, leaving a $120,000-a-year job but taking away a valuable life lesson: Don’t play games with the city’s residency requirement.

Teacher raises in other major cities Catalyst:  Negotiations are still stalled. The union’s contract has still not been terminated. Teachers’ raises are still up in the air. So is the possibility of a longer school day this year.

Drug Test Proposal Inspires 8-Day Teacher Strike In Central Ill. Huffington Post:  Angered by a newly proposed random drug testing policy, the teachers union in the Illini Bluffs School District in the central Illinois town of Glasford, located 15 miles south of Peoria, has been on strike since Aug. 17.

Survey Of Suburban Teens Shows Need For More Sex Ed, Disturbing Rates Of Rape Huffington Post:  A survey about the behaviors of suburban Chicago teenagers released by the Cook County Department of Public Health Thursday revealed some disturbing information.

Indiana considers first schools takeover WBEZ:  When the Indiana State Board of Education meets in Indianapolis Monday morning, it will decide the fate of five public schools slated for state takeover. It won’t be an easy decision, despite the fact that board members have discussed the matter for months.

Save Our Schools tries to make Chicago inroads Catalyst:  A small group of teachers, activists and public school advocates met Saturday morning to hash out the next steps of a still crystallizing local agenda.


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  • wow this is sad -- incoming ETHS freshman drowned over the weekend,0,7114605.story

    via catalyst

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