Calling AUSL

Today's news includes a long look at AUSL's teacher training program from the WSJ, plus updates on shootings (yes, already), a new school locator gizmo from CPS, an overview of philanthropy in Chicago , and a few other things.  Oh, and a new blog about Los Angeles schools that I've been helping get launched is now officially open for business.  It's called LA School Report, and it's got a real reporter and everything. To Train Teachers, a New Lesson Plan WSJ: AUSL schools have produced some of the biggest improvements in student test-scores in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district. Mayor Rahm Emanuel this year gave AUSL six more Chicago schools, bringing the total to 25 with 14,000 students. The group has trained more than 500 teachers and plans to train 200 more annually.

12-Year-Old Shouthwest Side Girl Shot While Doing Homework In Front Of Home Chicagoist:  Classes at Chicago Public Schools Track E schools started this week and already a student has been shot.

CPS launches 'school locator' tool online WGN:  Parents who let their fingers do the walking will learn everything they want to know about Chicago Public Schools.

CPS launches school-locator website Chicago Tribune: In an effort to help parents navigate the system, Chicago Public Schools has created an online school locator at cps.edu/map that allows a detailed search for schools by ZIP code or school name.

Comcast signs 100000 poor families to low-cost broadband Telecompaper: Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said thanks to Internet Essentials, nearly 7000 families went online in Chicago, through a partnership with Chicago public schools, and over 15000 across the region.

Philanthropy and its impact on the city of Chicago WBEZ: Even with the economic downturn, philanthropic giving is still going strong: nearly 300 billion dollars’ worth of contributions were made in 2011.

Why don't knockout school teachers get knockout pay? Jim Warren: The starting pay for a Chicago Public School Teacher with a bachelor's degree is $50,777. The top salary a Chicago teacher can make is $95,887. Negotiations are climaxing on pay in a new contract, with the near certainty of modest raises, given the system's awful finances.

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