Today's education news (so far): The Sun Times' Rosalind Rossi has an update on strike prospects -- and the editorial page cautions CTU against operating out of rage. Curtis Black at CMW says that any strike will be on Rahm. The Tribune describes how SB7 has fallen short of its supposed features. And more -- see inside.Parents need not panic over threat of Chicago teachers strike — yet Sun Times: Given the threatening turn in Chicago teacher contract talks last week, Anna Coleman is thinking of selling her house in leafy Edgebrook — again. Unimpressed by most Chicago public high schools, Coleman checked out 50 suburban homes in the last two years. The hunt stopped the day her daughter was accepted for fall admission to Chicago’s coveted Northside College Prep, the state’s highest-scoring public high school.
Teachers vs. reality Sun Times (editorial): That rage, which Benn describes as “understandable,” is fueled by a decision by CPS last fall to cancel a 4 percent raise for teachers, coupled with a move to a longer school day and year without a major bump in pay. Understandable, yes. Yet CPS’ decisions are deeply and correctly rooted in an undeniable fiscal reality.
CPS finds few wins after school reform legislation Tribune: The CTU upended the law by taking a strike authorization vote long before the arbitrator had ruled, and then reporting that 90 percent of its fired-up members approved a walkout. And when the nonbinding arbitrator's report was released last week, it upbraided the district for thinking it wouldn't have to compensate teachers for working a longer day.
It’s Rahm’s strike CMW: If there’s a teacher’s strike in Chicago this fall, it will be the result of Rahm Emanuel’s approach to implementing the longer school day. And the simplest – and perhaps only – way to avert a strike will require Emanuel to take another look at the plan.
South Loop RGC Update – New RGC Opening? CPSObsessed: Someone in the South Loop Elementary community passed this note on to me that seems to explain that a new RGC will open within 5 miles of South Loop. It’s unclear what grades it will have initially or where it might be located, although it seems like it WILL be an option on the form this Fall.
Rich South band falls short of fund-raising goal, but some members still Olympics-bound Sun Times: Watch closely for the red-white-and-blue uniforms of the Rich South High School Marching Band during the Summer Olympics’ torch-lighting ceremony Friday night. Only 21 of the 109 band members from the Richton Park school will participate in the ceremony. That’s because the band’s fundraising drive for the Olympics’ trip fell far short — collecting $35,000, a little more than 10 percent of the $300,000 goal.
3 killed, 23 hurt in shootings since Friday night Sun Times: Three men are dead and at least 23 other people wounded from gun violence across the city since Friday night.
Suburban couple sentenced to 35 years for murdering a retired CPS teacher Sun-Times: A suburban couple will spend 35 years in prison for the 2010 robbery, beating and murder of a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher inside her west suburban home.
Aspire to expand residency program for teachers in training EdSource Today: The Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago, affiliated with Chicago Public Schools, is one of the few to receive funding from its school district.
Burger King Mode Tim Furman: CPS and Emanuel "just wanted to take away our ability to stop them from doing anything they want to do," said CTU President Karen Lewis last week. "So let's get out of Burger King mode where they think they can have it their way and let's work together to actually put bones to this contract." I love Karen Lewis. She's the secret sauce.
What I Learned From My Google Class Tim Furman: This business we're in is about relationships and credibility, and wisdom. It's about making people think and feel things they remember years and years later, and giving young people something to fold into their thinking over time. And these things are basically incompatible with direction we're heading as a result of policy choices. Anyway these things have all been said. Nothing's ever new, unless you're a reformer.
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