Today's news includes: Youth Connections isn't closing its Bronzeville school or firing all the newly-unionized teachers (at least not yet), CPS is going to return its federal TIF grant, and a mishmosh of other updates. No word yet on when the strike vote begins (just two weeks of class left), or what Jean-Claude's baby's name is (a little help?).CPS to Return Nearly $35M Federal Grant NBC: The Department of Education doled out the money with the stipulation that CPS and the Chicago Teachers Unioncollaborate with each other on how to implement a pilot Teacher Incentive Fund, a merit-pay program.
Chicago schools battle closely studied across country Chicago Tribune: The two reform groups are playing a role in an increasingly heated fray, and last week held a joint news conference to lambaste the Chicago Teachers Union for threatening a strike while talks are ongoing.
Youth Connection: No plans to close campuses for now Catalyst: Board President Linda Hannah told the board and dozens of spectators that it was “unacceptable” CPS' proposed contract listed closure as the only option for failing campuses. She added that “we will work with teachers to address the performance issues of their campuses.”
Newly Unionized Chicago Charter School Stays Open For Now Progress Illinois: Including YCLA, the union – which is affiliated with the Chicago Teachers Union and its parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers – has organized 13 of the city's 85 charter schools, including four YCCSschools.
Ex-dropouts at Chicago Public Schools win honors in film fest Sun Times: Today, Johnson and some of his peers — Chicago Public School dropouts who found their way back through the Alternative Schools Network — are using film to tell their stories of struggle and redemption.
Senate passes 5 percent tax on satellite TV to help schools Sun Times: The Illinois Senate narrowly voted Thursday to impose a $75 million tax on satellite television providers in a move GOP critics described as “just another tax increase.” The measure sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) passed 30-27 and now moves to the House.
The death of cursive writing WBEZ: New Common Core standards require students to become proficient with a keyboard. Forty-five states have adopted this comprehensive change to K-12 curricula. Now educators must decide whether they want to make time to teach cursive writing – even if there’s not a grade for it on report cards.
Censory overload: banning words at school Tribune: How would you respond if someone called you “gay” or “retarded”? Some teens may laugh it off, but to others, these words are offensive and harmful. In fact, some words have been misrepresented so many times that they’ve lost.