Today's big news is that the Prairie State test scores for last year are out, and look pretty grim.
High school test scores fall to a new low Tribune: About half of Illinois public high school students flunked state exams in reading, math and science this year, the worst performance in the history of the 11th-grade Prairie State Achievement Examination, statewide test results show.
Union seeks to undo longer day at 13 schools WBEZ: The Chicago Teachers Union is seeking an injunction against Chicago Public Schools, which has tried to convince teachers to accept a longer day, school by school. A majority of teachers at 13 schools have voted to approve that longer day.
Supporting labor unions Tribune: "Casualties of a labor war" (Editorial, Oct. 17) asks why the Chicago Teachers Union is going to war at the Illinois Labor Relations Board over the schools.
Ald. Burke opposes Emanuel on charging religious schools for water Tribune: One of the City Council’s most powerful members today questioned two key ways Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed to generate millions of dollars in revenue that would help close the city’s wide budget gap.
New teacher evaluation overlooks special ed students: advocate Catalyst: As state officials prepare to roll out a new teacher evaluation that is partially tied to student test scores, a leading advocate wants them to “think long and hard” to avoid adopting a process that inadvertently harms special education students.
Chicago teachers are protesting, but are they being heard? Medill Reports: The Chicago Teachers Union and others who have issues with Chicago Public Schools have taken to the streets to protest and voice their various concerns, but is anyone.
Chicago Public Schools reunion set for Nov. 5 AP: The third reunion for past and current employees of the Chicago Public Schools system will be Nov. 5.
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