Today's news includes a mix of stories about contract negotiations, school closings, Brizard's
performance self-assessment, and proposed gun laws around schools.
CPS contract negotiations unpredictable Tribune: As Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union sit down to negotiate an expiring contract, a new mayor, new union leadership and new state legislation make it tougher for teachers to strike.
Deal set to end Zion-Benton teachers strike Sun Times: A deal has been reached to end the teachers strike at Zion-Benton High School, and classes are expected to resume Wednesday.
Parents: School slated for closure tried to move students out WBEZ: At a South Side Chicago school say staff tried to get as many as a quarter of students there to transfer out....
Brizard Grades His Mid-Term Performance Fox: Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard sat down with FOX Chicago News anchor Robin Robinson on Jan. 9, 2012, to share his thoughts about progress at CPS.
Fewer Lawmakers Hand Out Tuition Waivers Fox: Nearly half of the members of the Illinois General Assembly have chosen not to participate in a program that lets legislators waive state college tuition for certain students in their districts.
Proposal would up fines by $3,000 for having guns or drugs near schools Sun Times: The City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved an ordinance that would impose a new $3,000 fine against anyone convicted of gang loitering, narcotics-related loitering or weapons violations within 500 feet of a school.
DC school scorecards posted online Washington Times: The Chicago Public Schools website also allows users to compare as many as four schools at a time, while New York City schools post surveys and progress reports about its schools.
Meet Miss Illinois USA: Flossmoor's Ashley Hooks Southtown Star: Hooks gained experience as an advocate for causes such as pedestrian safety and a universal school breakfast for Chicago Public Schools.
Exposing Urban Kids to the Arts ChicagoTalks: In 2009, Willis, in collaboration with Aaron Richardson, 29, of the South Side and Bell, 27, also from the South Side, started Lucid Life Works, a nonprofit creative arts organization, as a means to curb violence among teens by [...]
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