News from today and over the weekend focuses on evaluating the new teacher rating system that's being pushed forward. Don Draper likes it, but then again he's not a very nice guy.
Teacher ratings overhaul forges on despite lack of union approval Sun Times: Talks on a dramatic overhaul of the way Chicago public school teachers are evaluated ended Thursday with district officials forging forward without teacher union approval on a plan that would tie the ratings of thousands of teachers in part to student test scores.
Schools, union far apart on salary negotiations Tribune: The first round of negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union went squarely to the district, which will get its way in weighing student performance more heavily in teacher evaluations.
CPS to roll out new teacher evaluations Catalyst: District officials dubbed the new evaluation system REACH, for Recognizing Educators and Advancing Chicago’s Students.
What do you think about Danielson, 25 percent value-added scores using NWEA and other measures, and student surveys? Does the package seem wise, balanced, extreme, or don't care?
Coming & Goings: CPS appointments, Malone Catalyst: Lachlan Tidmarsh, Robert Boik, Mike Rendina, Phillip Hampton, Tara Malone
Rahm ethics push Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging the city’s sister agencies to adapt a zero tolerance policy when it comes to employees receiving gifts from outside vendors. Emanuel sent letters to heads of the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicago Park District asking each to enact the policy.
McCarthy, Brizard participate in community summit ABC: Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard spoke at a community summit Saturday in the wake of an uptick in violence in the city.
Chicago schools face another $700M budget hole WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools officials are bracing for another year of staggering budget deficits. For the third year in a row, CPS says it could be facing a $700 million budget gap that will force painful cuts.
Making sense of Chicago Public Schools' selective enrollment process WBEZ:
Friday on Afternoon Shift, Ms. Ellis and WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton will be on hand to take your calls and questions about the application process for selective enrollment and magnet schools, as well as the schools themselves.