Today's news includes the rollout of the new $5 million performance play plan for principals -- I can't believe none of you emailed or tweeted while it was going on -- and the annual fun of a teacher getting $25K from Milken. Oh, and they extended the PE waiver.
Teacher shocked by educator award — and $25,000 prize Tribune: A seemingly routine school assembly turned into a big surprise for Hersey High School social science teacher Brad Abel, who won the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Wednesday morning.
Arlington Heights teacher ‘speechless’ after winning ‘Oscars’ of teaching Sun TImes: Once Bradley Abel learned that neither Oprah Winfrey nor the “Twilight” actors were making appearances at John Hersey High School’s surprise pep assembly as students had surmised, he turned to a colleague and listed all the teachers he thought might be getting an award.
Protesters declare City Hall a budget crime scene Medill: If the ordinance passes, Chicago Public Schools would have to decide how to spend the money. Sajovec could not say what specific changes parents and children would see with the extra money.
Emanuel unveils performance pay for principals Catalyst: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who unveiled the initiative, had previously announced that he had secured $5 million in private funding for a performance incentive program for principals. District leadership has said that they will use the money over five years. Bonuses will be handed out in October of 2012 after test scores are released and analyzed.
CPS lays out metrics for principal bonuses Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday the criteria by which high-performing Chicago Public Schools principals will receive up to $20000 in bonuses for boosting student achievement this school year.
South Loop School cuts gifted program Chicago Journal: So Shelton said she reached the conclusion with officials from Chicago Public Schools that the best option would be to remove the school's regional gifted center entirely — not just kindergarten, as originally proposed last month. ...
Oak Park schools try to 'cool down' students with yoga Wednesday Journal:In her work in Chicago Public Schools, she saw a need to provide something for students who "weren't receiving services for stress or anger management." "Yoga helps us stretch out and get rid of our anger and stuff, and get rid of our sorrows and stuff ...
Chicago Public School officials get 2 1/2 years to work out adding physical ed Sun-Times:Board member Penny Pritzker said she found it “distressing’’ that Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard wanted to renew a “waiver’’ in place since 1997 that allows the vast majority of Chicago Public School juniors and seniors to circumvent the state’s daily physical education requirement.
Sears tax arrangement draws questions from Hoffman Estates schools WEZ: Supporters of a northwest suburban school district are worried a plan to give tax breaks to Sears could hurt their district for the next 15 years. There's a one-of-a-kind tax district in Hoffman Estates called an Economic Development Area - or EDA.