Here's today's education news: Year-round calendar for everyone. Paid maternity leave. Teacher defending "n-word" use. Opinion pieces on Noble Street fines (against), need for trust (for) and longer school day (for).
All CPS Schools May Be Shifted To One Calendar CBS: All 400,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools system may be headed to classes year-round, on a brand-new calendar for everyone. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
Non-union CPS employees to get paid maternity and sick leave Sun Times: Chicago Public School principals and other non-union employees would for the first time receive paid maternity and illness leaves — but could no longer stockpile sick days — under a proposed overhaul of what officials Thursday called an “antiquated’’ sick-day policy. ALSO: Jean-Claude Brizard on New CPS Policies WTTW
Teacher sues CPS after suspension for slur during ‘teachable moment’ Sun Times: A white teacher who says he was disciplined for using the n-word in a “teachable moment” about the perils of racism with his sixth-grade class has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging his black principal and Chicago Public Schools violated his civil rights by suspending him without pay for five days.
Charter’s Discipline Fines Crude, Misguided CNC (James Warren): Noble’s system of fines is unusual, if not unprecedented. Michael Milkie, the Noble chief executive, strongly justifies his system by saying a focus on small infractions puts a lid on potentially larger ones and results in safe environments and less distractions for students who do behave.
Reforms won't work without trust Catalyst (Laurence Stanton): For the past three years, I have been helping SEAs, districts, teacher unions and schools to plan and implement some of these initiatives. I am convinced that there is little chance of effective implementation unless state policymakers, SEA and district administrators, principals and teachers develop a level of trust that allows them to try new ways of doing things, fail and then try again.
13 principals say city’s longer school day works Sun Times (op-ed): As principals of the 13 pioneer schools that adopted a longer school day this school year, we’ve had the opportunity to see what more time in the classroom means for students and teachers. The “Full School Day” — the apt phrase CPS has chosen to describe the longer day — has allowed us to dedicate the time needed to adequately teach core subjects like reading, math and science.
Stevenson LSC Deals With Pom Pon Issue SW News Herald: They are currently not competing against other Chicago Public Schools. Cast in the eye of this controversy is Sharri Rogers, who has served as a head coach the past 20 years in the Chicago Public School system, seven years as a cheerleading instructor.
Minneapolis Schools CEO Rick Mills's systems and structures meet skepticism Twin Cities Planet: Mills worked for the military for 25 years before taking a job as an area superintendant forChicago Public schools. He has a master's degree in business and a master's in national security affairs.