Today's news includes some more coverage of the contract negotiations (including a national NPR story) plus a handful of stories about a small new reform venture. Later this week, I'm hoping to have an exit interview with newly-retired Chicago Schools Wonks' author Seth Lavin and a few other tidbits.
A New Union Battle As Chicago Teachers, Mayor Clash NPR: Both the union and the school board say they're looking for common ground as the negotiations continue. And, says CTU's Karen Lewis, that 90 percent strike authorization vote is making those negotiations just a little bit easier.
Chicago's School Showdown WSJ: Labor leaders believe that last week's vote will give them more leverage in negotiations over the summer. However, the district could also use the vote to cast teaches as militant and uncompromising, thereby undercutting the union's public support.
Emanuel and Brizard’s First Year Catalyst: Brizard ended his speech by referencing the ongoing contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union. Pointing to his two-year-old son in the audience, Brizard said, “All he wants to do is learn to read and write. A strike does not serve anyone.”
New venture capital fund to support education reform efforts Tribune: even as the group, which includes Sonya Anderson of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Paul Bauerschmidt of CME Group and Gillian Darlow, a principal at the Civic Consulting Alliance, announced the proposed $10 million nonprofit at a downtown event Tuesday at the InterContinental Chicago hotel, the Chicago Teachers Union passed out leaflets outside the hotel protesting the venture.
Civic group unveils plan to help schools Sun Times: The group hopes to receive hundreds of ideas, select 20 to 30 to fund at $50,000 to $250,000 each, and emerge with two to three winners that will “move the needle.’’ Rather than focus on proven reforms, the group hopes to develop “the new, yet-to-be-proven reform,’’ said class member Gillian Darlow, a principal at Civic Consulting Alliance.
Youth Advocate Programs supporters call for funding to be restored for summer programs Tribune: The social service agency saw a $2 million funding cut in its programs this year, and it now is being offered $50,000 to serve up to 170 students this summer.
Mom Claims School Covered for Molester Courthouse News Service: ... and would drive Minor Doe in his motor vehicle to Ashburn track meets and track practices, in violation of CPS [Chicago Public Schools] and Ashburn policies ...
‘Crowns’ speaks to inner-city youth Sun Times: Seventeen-year-old Yolanda is from violence-plagued Englewood, street tough and hardened. Her brother was gunned down in the South Side neighborhood. And her mother, in an effort to save her, sent her to the South. Amidst escalating violence now rocking Chicago’s inner city, the plot in the Goodman Theater’s reprisal of the play “Crowns” seems more real than theater.
Jill Biden checks out Chicago’s college-to-career program Sun Times: In 2008, Michele Miller found herself out of a job, and so enrolled full-time in community college classes. After graduating and working closely with City Colleges of Chicago staff to practice mock interviews, participate in resume workshops and attend job information sessions, Miller landed a job with Chicago-based Allscripts Heathcare Solutions Inc. She shared her story Tuesday with Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife.
Charity tied to Maggie Daley gets new leader in Mary Ellen Caron ... Tribune: From there, Caron worked for then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan for two years before then-Mayor Daley appointed her commissioner of the ...
“Citizen Teachers” Needed for Project Exploration Chicagotalks: These volunteers – Citizen Schools calls them “Citizen Teachers” – will teach “apprenticeship” courses to small groups of low-income middle school students once a week for ten weeks.
Question for parents and teachers Zorn: Should public school officials (and private school administrators) require that all teachers post all classroom assignments on the Internet on the same day they make the assignments to students?
Freakonomics Teaches Us the Right Way to Bribe Kids Yahoo: This paper's clever conclusion is that we can manipulate lessons from economics and psychology to trick/bribe/nudge students toward spending more from their attention budget on these tests.