Paid protesters, today's Board meeting, and school lunches top today's education news:
Ministers call paying protesters unusual Sun Times: Reacting to allegations that “rent-a-protesters” packed recent school closing hearings, two ministers said Tuesday it is not common practice for Chicago clergy to pay people to attend hearings or “training.”
Paid protesters a new force in school closings debate WBEZ: This mother, who lives in Englewood, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, has made $50 off the public hearings to close down failing schools this year.
Capital projects on school board’s agenda Catalyst: More than $14 million will be spent on “Pathways Program” construction for career programs at Lindblom, Richards, Roosevelt, Schurz, Sullivan, and Simeon high schools, as well as other unspecified schools. [Renewal for ACT, changes for Beasley, and a couple of settlements are also on the agenda]
New law requires more details on school report cards Sun Times: The law mandates that the state keep track of certain information about every school in Illinois — including teacher performance, standardized test scores and curriculum details — and make the information available to the public on school “report cards” beginning in 2013.
School performance reporting to get statewide overhaul WBEZ: On Tuesday morning, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation designed to give parents and communities access to user-friendly reports about public schools and districts performance statewide.
Lunch ladies to school officials: Dump frozen food WBEZ: Chicago schools are serving more healthy food than they were a couple years ago, but many kitchen workers seem to think the district still has a long way to go.
'Lunch ladies' criticize how CPS updated school food Tribune: Workers who serve meals in Chicago Public Schools say the majority of kids are not eating the healthful new foods on the cafeteria menu, according to a confidential survey released Tuesday.
CPS to stock EpiPens, propose new health policies WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools announced it will begin to stock EpiPens, which are used to inject medication into a person experiencing anaphylaxis shock.
Curie High School student struck by semi in ‘very serious’ condition Sun Times: The senior was getting lunch when the semi struck him — pinning him under the vehicle, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said.
As some schools plunge into technology, poor schools are left behind Tribune: On a recent Friday morning, 15-year-old Jerod Franklin stared at his hands as he labored to type up memories of the first time he grilled steak.
Longer school day may be too much for some children, parents say Tribune: As Chicago prepares for a longer day at all public schools this fall, some parents are finding that a 71/2-hour school day can be too much of a good thing.