What does one do for childcare or to fill the time when it's report card pickup day, as it is today? I'm always wondering. For parents, it's a pain. For teachers, it's either busy or very slow depending on who you talk to. In education news today: Emanuel probably didn't vote in his local LSC election, the state doesn't have enough money to deal with the cheatin backlog, and Charlotte Danielson was in town explaining how everyone's going to be
fired evaluated in the future.
Mayor Emanuel thinks he voted WBEZ: Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he believes he may have voted in today’s local school council elections, though his answer wasn’t too convincing.
State cheating investigation stalled WBEZL Illinois education officials say cases of cheating on state exams by teachers and principals are on the rise. Those cases add to a pile of about 300 other cases of misconduct that range from cheating to inappropriate relationships with students.
Training vital to success of new teacher evaluations WBEZ: Teachers and school leaders in suburban Chicago are doing their homework on new state-mandated evaluation systems.Last night, they took a lesson from Charlotte Danielson, an international expert in teacher effectiveness, whose detailed framework for classroom observations is being used more and more. ALSO: Catalyst tweets and pics here.
Teachers pension fund paid a whopping $1.3 billion in fees . . . for what? Sun Times: Illinois’ largest public employee pension fund paid more than $1 billion in fees to hundreds of financial managers over the past decade but reaped only a paltry annual return on its investments over that same period, according to a Better Government Association investigation.
Chicago teachers seek state fix for pension deficit WBEZ: Public pensions throughout Illinois are hurting and that includes the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF). It’s underfunded by millions of dollars. Senate Bill 3628 would have the state of Illinois pump $270 million into the fund next year.
IT'S ALL ABOUT TRUST AT CITY HALL Sun-Times (Mark Brown): The bigger news was probably the City Council approving Emanuel’s plan to install cameras near schools and parks to catch speeders, followed closely by a temporary delay of a vote on his novel Infrastructure Trust plan for six days, at which time he intends to ram it through as planned.
Why Chicago Schools Brought Back Gym The Root: But Chicago Public Schools plans to reinstate a physical education requirement for all high school juniors and seniors for the 2013-14 school year, said Frank Shuftan, a district spokesman. Recess will also return for all elementary schools next fall.
Arts high school taking over Malcolm X College Austin Weekly News: "As a district, it is our goal to find the best possible facilities to meet the ever-changing needs of our students and promote academic growth and success," Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said in an emailed statement.
Our fight for better schools Tribune (editorial): As the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education navigate a very difficult series of negotiations for the next teachers contract, it is important to remember that those who dedicate their lives to children and the profession of teaching...
The Management Techniques of Chicago Mayors Chicago Magazine: The press likes to write about Rahm Emanuel's fast-paced, intimidating managerial style. As these things go in the boring 21st century it's neat enough, but nothing like Big Bill Thompson and his "prize model sailboat."