Today's education news is mostly about the contract with lunch workers that just went through, and whether it has any implications for CTU and CPS. There are also a couple of interesting pieces from Catalyst and WBEZ about teachers and parents. Plus the rest:
CPS reaches a contract agreement with lunch workers Tribune: Speaking to the teachers union as much as the media, Chicago Public Schools officials held a press conference Thursday to announce a labor agreement with the district's lunch workers.
Chicago school-lunch workers win raises Sun Times: Chicago Public School lunchroom workers will receive a minimum 2 percent raise for at least two years and see a five-year freeze on converting “cooking” kitchens to “warming kitchens” under a deal announced Thursday.
Revenge of the Lunch Ladies Mother Jones: "I think it was a challenge to Chicago Public Schools to see the lunchroom staff standing up for good, quality food," Rosie Diggs, a lunchroom attendant at a Chicago public school for eight years, told me via email.
CTU's reckless strike talk is bad for Chicago's kids Sun Times: John J. Kim~ For much of the last year, while parents, community leaders and policymakers have been focused on bringing much-needed improvements to the Chicago Public Schools, the teachers union has been not-so-secretly planning to hold our ...
PARENTS AND TEACHERS
A Round-Table Discussion on Teaching, Learning, and Power WBEZ: A group of 31 teachers, students, principals, and others in education from a wide range of schools around Chicago gathered in WBEZ's Community Room for an in-depth discussion about teaching, learning, and power.
As contract talks heat up, teachers union seeks stronger ties with parents Catalyst: In recent weeks, teachers at dozens of schools have made efforts to reach out to parents about issues ranging from the longer school day and school funding to class sizes to teacher pay... But good relationships with a community organization don’t necessarily “trickle down to the school,” says CTU organizer Matthew Luskin.
Senate votes to abolish scandal-plagued scholarship program SunTimes: The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to end a scandal-tainted, century-old program in which legislators have doled out tuition waivers to the children of campaign donors and other political insiders.
Proposal would limit CPS suspensions ABC: A proposed city council resolution could reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions at Chicago Public Schools.
'Desperately needed' Chicago school repair funds won't go far WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools is cutting back drastically on school construction and repairs, slashing next year's capital budget by over 80 percent.Elias Estrada, principal at Oriole Park Elementary near O'Hare airport, is one of very few lucky principals.
The big lie on teacher pensions Capital Fax: This is not true… Teachers are supposed to pay almost 9.5 percent of paychecks into their own retirement accounts. But two-thirds of all public school teachers in the state don’t contribute anywhere near, and many contribute nothing at all, according to a report set for release Thursday by the Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog. * [...]
Supplemental LSC elections – apply by May 9th! PURE: Local School Councils at 31 CPS schools (see below) did not have enough candidate/elected members to form a quorum after the April election. At those schools, CPS must hold supplemental elections to fill the vacant positions so their LSCs are ready to get to work by July 1.
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