Today's education news will likely be dominated by the news that CTU polled its members last night about a pro-active strike vote, but there's other news including lackluster science results for IL and the rest of the country. Oh, and did you hear that Arne Duncan joined Joe Biden in voicing his support for same sex marriage and that the President followed suit a couple of days later?
CTU conducts a poll as a test run to a strike vote Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union polled its 25,000 members Thursday on questions involving the school board as part of what one official called a "dry run" for a potential strike vote. The union said poll results would be out Friday.
Illinois 8th graders stuck below national average in science tests Sun Times: Despite increased national calls to step up the focus on science, Illinois’ average eighth grade science scores were stagnant and stuck below the national average, results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress released Thursday showed.
Teachers honored with Golden Apples WBEZ: Ten Chicago-area teachers got tapped as the best of the best this week by the Golden Apple Foundation.Monique Blakes started crying as Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped into her first grade classroom Thursday morning.He was followed by some of her colleagues and family, including her sister, aunt and three
Emanuel’s favorite teacher remembers young Rahm: ‘He was smart, he was curious’ Sun Times: A self-proclaimed history buff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel credits his interest in history to his favorite teacher of all time — New Trier West High School history teacher Larry Grote.
Teens charged with pelting cars with rocks on Skyway Sun Times: Police worked with Chicago Public Schools and “developed information [that] implicated two CPS students as the individuals involved,” police said in statement.
Charter funding bill not yet a done deal Catalyst: Advocates for charter schools sought to reinforce Burke’s fairness argument. Opponents pointed out that neighborhood schools already suffer from lack of funding, a situation that would worsen if the bill becomes law.
Comings & Goings Catalyst: Sandra P. Guthman, Nikki Will Stein, Jay Tavis, Butch Trusty, Jason Quiara, Warren Chapman, & more.
What Chicagoans really think about school reform Catalyst: A new report, "Community Response to School Reform in Chicago: Opportunities for Local Stakeholder Engagement," from Public Agenda collected the insights of Chicago parents, public school teachers and school reform thought leaders to track community wide response to school reform in Chicago.
Editorial: Hands off school money Sun Times: Davis said she stopped paying rent because CPS didn’t send her a new lease, though she asked for one. Maybe she didn’t notice that as long ago as 2002, CPS sent her a letter saying it expected her to vacate the building if she wasn’t going to pay the rent.
The chicken that flew from Chicago to Capitol Hill Washington Post: High school students from the Chicago Vocational Career Academy got to serve samples of their oven “fried” chicken on Capitol Hill this afternoon — an award-winning example of the healthful food that Chicago’s public-school elementary and secondary students have been enjoying since November 2011.