Today's news (welcome back and thanks for all the great comments over the weekend, folks) is probably the release of a report showing how much teachers are worried about being evaluated based on student achievement and want achievement limited to 10 or 15 percent of their evaluation. Then there's that whole schools closing thing looming ahead.
Teachers express concern over evaluation Tribune: As Chicago Public Schools officials begin heated negotiations over teacher evaluations, a study that will be released by the district Monday shows teachers strongly oppose tying student achievement to their own performance.
Rewarding the best principals Tribune: Back in August, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard told us his plan to overhaul the school system started not only in the classroom, but down the hall in the principal's office. That's because principals matter immensely.
Why so much disrespect toward teachers? Tribune: One thing I've always marveled at is how much respect teachers command in most countries of the world outside the United States. Public school teachers in the developing world make very little money but are honored members of society.
Translating the parent-teacher conference WBEZ: At a handful of schools in the Little Village neighborhood, some college students and future teachers are helping out.
Class brings humanities to high school Catalyst: Harlan is the first high school in the city to offer the course, which covers topics such as philosophy, literature, art criticism, writing and history.
Lake Forest parents, officials wrestle with explaining principal's departure Chicago Sun-Times: Chris Munns, a mother of two students and a principal in the Chicago Public Schools system, expressed outrage at that her children have to deal with the situation.
Pastor says Maggie Daley a life force; public memorial Sunday Sun Times: Maggie Daley’s long-time pastor, Father Jack Wall, said her funeral Monday will be as positive and upbeat as her life was.
December's 'Schools on the Line': You set the agenda! WBEZ: Call the studio line (312-923-9239) from 6:45-8:00p.m. on Thursday, December 1 to talk with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard live on-air.
Warren: Surveillance City CNC James Warren: Add several thousand more cameras planned near schools and parks — meant to catch speeders endangering children — and you’ve got a hefty increase in what was already the most “extensive and integrated” surveillance system in the United States, according to Michael Chertoff, the former homeland security secretary.
Past salary info no longer on IL transparency website Illinois Statehouse News: Illinois has a limit to how much information it is willing to share with the public on its transparency website.
Chicago lawmaker to speak at annual dinner Danville Commercial News: He is a former history teacher and basketball coach for Chicago Public Schools. As a licensed Illinois real estate broker, he is a member of the Chicago and National Association of Realtors, board member of the Austin YMCA, board member of Circle .
The Lack of a Restorative Justice System Causes Kaos Chatham Concerned: The high school is a "safe school" defined by Chicago Public Schools. The alternative high school moved from one of the Chicago Archdioces catholic schools at Holy Angels Catholic Church in the Bronzeville community under "mysterious" circumstances.
Applying to High School – info session CPS Obsessed: A new company has started recently in Chicago called Chicago School GPS. Their goal is to help parents navigate the admissions process.
And this is why I lock My Classroom Door.......... Riding The Short Bus: So it's fifth hour and my bladder has hit its max and there is no way in hell I am going to make it through two more hours without going to the bathroom.
Resistance building to Rahm's school closings Mike Klonsky: The plan -- which in effect is a school privatization plan -- calls for the closing of neighborhood schools and replacing many of them with privately-managed, non-union, charter schools.
Putting out a call for a helping hand Sun Times (Mark Brown): About three weeks from now, the students at Charles Hammond Elementary School near California and Cermak will gather in the auditorium for the annual holiday assembly where each class takes a turn performing some seasonal-related skit, song or dance.
Illinois Public Pension Reform WTTW: Illinois' pension obligations are unexpectedly rising a billion dollars next fiscal year. Carol Marin and her panel of lawmakers look ahead to the possible agenda of next week's Springfield legislative session.