Today's news includes lots about the proposed new discipline policy and the still high levels of gun violence surrounding Chicago school students' lives.
Spike in CPS students struck by gun violence this school year Tribune: Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll — 319 — was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year... For the last 21/2 years, Philadelphia-based Youth Advocate Programs has mentored and worked with CPS students deemed most at risk of being shot... Similarly, Chicago Youth Centers, which serves 60 students at South Shore High School, will not provide a summer mentoring program at the school after CPS asked the organization to cut its budget by nearly half.
REVISED DISCIPLINE PROPOSAL
CPS releases student Code of Conduct revisions Catalyst: The most significant change in the revised code is the scrapping of automatic 10-day, out-of-school suspensions from the arsenal of punishments for even the most serious offenses (which include sexual assault and the use of a weapon). The minimum number of days for suspension in these severe cases is five, although the principal may still apply up to a 10-day suspension.
CPS seeks to lessen student suspensions Tribune: Chicago's school board is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes Wednesday. They include: •Giving principals the option to assign in-school suspensions to students whose offenses currently lead to out-of-school suspensions.
Chicago Public Schools moves to crack down on bullying Sun Times: School staff and students who see a child bullying another would be required to report it, and accusations of such behavior would have to be investigated within 10 school days under a proposed Chicago Public School Student Code of Conduct that includes a crackdown on the hot-button problem.
Martinez faces public, explains his vision for improving the District Philadelphia Public School Notebook: An accountant who also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, he was pressed by educators concerned about his lack of teaching ..
Vote possible Tuesday on bill to keep student loan interest rates low, Durbin says Sun Times: A bill to keep interest rates low on student loans could be voted on as early as Tuesday, said Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate. “We’re very close, and I think it’s going to be done this week — fingers crossed,” Durbin said at a Chicago news conference.
Brizard Reflects On First Year Of Running Chicago Schools CBS Local: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Dana Kozlov, ... a possible teachers strike – fueled by the Chicago Teachers Union's frustrated members.
Marching For Marriage Equality In Chicago's Pride Parade Progress Illinois: Other floats in the Pride Parade from organizations and politicians included the Chicago Teachers Union, Center on Halsted, ABC7, Ald. Danny Solis (25th)...
Mayor Emanuel Welcomes DeVry to New Chicago Location Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined DeVry Inc. President and CEO Daniel Hamburger today to welcome DeVry Online Services to its new Chicago home office. DeVry will bring 600 jobs over nine y
For the Record: Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Catalyst: Catalyst Chicago first requested information about the grant application under the Freedom of Information Act in July 2010, when the grant was submitted; September 2010; September 2011; and April 2012. CPS released a copy this month.