Teachers Sue Over Dismissals

Today's news includes individual and class-action lawsuits against CPS over teacher dismissals, plus coverage of this morning's "welcome back" protest for Mayor Emanuel.

Fired Chicago Teachers File Class Action Courthouse News Service: To save money, but in violation of a collective bargaining agreement, the Chicago Board of Education fired teachers who were on the verge of completing their 20th year in the system, two teachers say in a federal class action.

School group plans Wednesday protest outside Rahm's office Crain's: The event is not officially sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union, but the union says KOCO "is a part of our community board, and we support them in their efforts to save their schools."

Former CPS teacher sues, claiming he was fired over his published memoir Sun Times: Former Spanish teacher Luis Gabriel Aguilera says his heartfelt memoir cost him his job at Bronzeville Scholastic Institute.

Ex-CPS teacher sues, says memoir led to firing Tribune: A former teacher is suing the Chicago public school district for more than $300,000, claiming administrators fired him in 2009 after a parent took issue with his memoir, entitled "Gabriel's Fire," which recounts his own relationship with a teacher.

Teacher Claims He Was Fired Over Memoir Fox: Former Spanish teacher Luis Aguilera is suing the Chicago public school district, claiming administrators fired him in 2009 after a parent took issue with his memoir, entitled "Gabriel's Fire," which recounts his own relationship with a teacher in his youth.

50 Years of Sex Education WTTW:  In a class at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education in Hinsdale, Dr. David Bedney teaches the basics of human sexuality and reproductive systems to 6th-graders from Limestone Elementary School in Kankakee.

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    What about the union's efforts on behalf of those terminated in violation of our contract in the summer of 2010? There has been no update on the union web site since March of 2011. I was told there would be arbitration at the state labor board? What is going on?

  • In reply to Hester Stanhope:

    The Union doesn't even know who the displaced teachers are!
    And they haven't made any efforts to find out, either...

  • JCB's newsletter rebrands extended day as "full school day" -- seems like a smart move to me. what do you think?

    "One of our key efforts toward achieving this mission will be our transition to a full school day in school year 2012-13. A full school day will ensure our students receive the time they need with teachers in the classroom to deepen their understanding of core subjects such as math, reading and science. Students also will have more time to receive much-needed individualized instruction and experience additional enrichment opportunities.

    "The release of these guidelines is just one of the many steps we are taking during our year-long planning process for the Full School Day initiative to make certain all our schools are fully supported and our communities are thoughtfully engaged in the transition. To learn more about this planning process, click here. In addition, click here to access a video highlighting the lessons learned and successes achieved by our 13 “pioneer” schools already implementing the full day this year.

    We look forward to continuing to engage our teachers, students, parents and communities in best understanding the needs of students as we plan for the full school day next year. Input from each one of these groups regarding the full school day – and the many important initiatives and efforts taking place throughout the district – is critical to the success of our students. "

  • "Students also will have more time to receive much-needed individualized instruction and experience additional enrichment opportunities." Really? How, exactly, is that going to happen for kids with IEPs?

  • I want to know how it is going to happen for anyone. Without more teaching staff, students can't receive more individualized instruction. I really struggle to meet with small groups and do all the one to one assessment I need to do. I would love to be able to implement interventions, both enrichment and remediation, for all my students, but without support and assistance from additional teaching staff, I don't think it is humanly possible. I would like to hear some thoughtful and engaging conversation between teachers, administrators and the mayor/board of ed on how we can hire more staff to help shrink the achievement gap and to truly meet our students where they are at.

  • video from today's demonstration via jackson potter

    http://www.ctunet.com/blog/parents-teachers-and-community-leaders-hold-sit-in-at-city-hall

  • oig finds all sorts of interesting things going on

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/9816637-418/chicago-public-schools-wrongly-paid-subs-113-million-in-benefits-report.html

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