A Full Day At Fiske ES

Today's education news coverage:  Catalyst takes an in-depth look at the longer day. Springfield rumbles to life. The Sun-Times editorial page calls for transparency on paid protesters.  Seven hundred IL schools recognized for excellence. Matt Damon is in the house!

Fiske's longer day Catalyst:  Jacquelyn Sticca, a 1st-grade teacher at Fiske, says it works for her. On January 18th, Catalyst visited Sticca’s classroom to see the longer day in action.

Get ready to rumble, Chicago Capitol Fax:  The Chicago Teachers Union has hired Delmarie Cobb to do PR work… (T)he CTU has hired veteran political consultant Delmarie Cobb, whose clients include Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and City Council members Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) and Anthony Beale (9th).

Decades of school funding debate fly right out the window Capitol Fax: For at least the last 30 years, Democrats and Republicans alike have pushed to change the way Illinois funds its schools. The idea was to rely less on property taxes and more on statewide taxes to help ease the local burden.

Educators say funding key to reducing dropouts Tribune: Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing state lawmakers to raise the age students can legally drop out of school from 17 to 18, a move aimed at improving graduation rates but one that local educators say won't accomplish much unless the state also provides the money to...

Chicagoans deserves to know who paid for protesters at school hearings Sun Times (editorial page): Our education reporter Rosalind rossi was at the forefront of breaking the story, although I would also commend to your attention some illuminating work on the subject from WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton and WGN-TV producer Marsha Bartel.

Timuel Black a historian — and part of civil rights history Sun-Times: He taught at DuSable, Farragut and Hyde Park high schools. On TIF reform, a long way to go TIF subsidies returned by three corporations should be declared surplus and used to restore cuts in public services; and Mayor Emanuel should hold off on new TIF spending until he can implement his TIF reform panel’s recommendations, groups working on the issue said Tuesday.

Matt Damon visits school in Englewood WBEZ:  The student project is a spinoff from Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States. Two years ago actor Matt Damon co-produced a documentary from Zinn’s material..

More than 700 Illinois schools recognized for academic achievements The Republic:  Forty-one percent of honor roll schools this year are located downstate. Schools in the Chicago suburbs account for 46 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 13 percent. Fifty-five schools are being recognized for eight or more consecutive years.

Documentary screenings hope to 'interrupt' youth violence Medill: That's why outreach officials at the film's production company, Kartemquin Films, want to show the film at Chicago-area schools. The next school screening is Feb. 7 at Francis Parker School.

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  • Paid protestor credit should go to Sunstance--they wer reporting it a month ago and even kids protedting from private school on school time!

  • In a survey, Drummond parents say they don't want a 7 1/2 hour school day - chicagotribune.com http://ow.ly/8P31J

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