Today's education news includes stories about the contract negotiations, school safety and discipline, changes in the CPS turnaround and closure process, and a mishmosh of other topics. Perhaps the biggest news is the Brizard admission that CPS wants to get out of the outsourcing business (finding more groups to supervise the process rather than doing it in-house.) Anything I missed or came out after I posted this? You know what to do.
What's next for CPS/CTU negotiations? WBEZ: So far, negotiations have focused on issues related to compensation, like wages and benefits. But the union hopes that the strike authorization vote will push CPS to negotiate on other issues related to working conditions, like class size. Under state law, the district gets to decide whether or not such issues are “permissive subjects of bargaining.”
Chicago's School Showdown Wall Street Journal: Chicago public schools are running a $700 million deficit, yet the union is demanding a 30% pay raise over the next two years along with some other contractual ...
Rahm's Longer School Day Tearing an Elementary School Apart Ms. Katie's Ramblings: According to the principal, Carmen Mendoza, at the latest Local School Council meeting, in order to afford the extra supportive staff (4 new classroom aides) needed to monitor the mandated recess 2 teaching positions will be lost.
VOYCE unhappy with CPS' new student code of conduct Tribune: A student advocacy group that's been working with Chicago Public Schools on a new student discipline code likes some of the concessions the district has made ...
How Many Murders Happen on Chicago Weekends? Chicago Magazine: Whenever crime spikes, weekend shootings make the news. But what constitutes a peaceful Chicago weekend, and how many homicides makes an unusually violent one?
Supporters of CPS anti-violence effort fight for funds Tribune: Describing the recent spike in violence across the city as an "epidemic," supporters of Chicago Public Schools'anti-violence initiative for students most at-risk ...
Brizard: CPS office will no longer run turnarounds WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools is changing who turns around failing schools. CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard unexpectedly told a group of school community groups over the weekend that the district’s Office of School Improvement would no longer do school turnarounds.
Task force: Brizard will attend July 19 meeting Catalyst: In addition, parents and local school council members raised questions Monday about whether students at Price Elementary, which is closing, received their promised support services and transition plans. As a result, the task force adopted a motion asking for AUSL leaders to appear before it and present their plans.
David Axelrod: No role in firm’s deals Sun Times: Another Axelrod-founded firm — AKPD Media and Messaging — recently produced ads critical of the Chicago Teachers Union, which is embroiled in a contract dispute with Emanuel. AKPD oversaw Emanuel’s ad blitz during his mayoral campaign, and the firm is a paid consultant to his political committee, state records show.
Why Einstein Was Not Qualified To Teach High-School Physics NPR (blog): When my wife tried to make a mid-career switch to teaching math in the Chicago Public Schools, I no longer needed a hypothetical example.
Chicago officials say schools have long way to go WBEZ: The head of Chicago Public Schools says the nation's third largest district has a long way to go, even after the district's projected graduation rate is the highest on record.The graduation rate is projected at more than 60 percent this year.
Study shows half of school districts have a year’s worth of cash Sun Times: More than half of Illinois’ 800-plus school districts have more than one year’s worth of operating cash on hand, suggesting some downstate and suburban school systems might be able to shoulder part of the funding burden for educators’ pensions.