Comments from the Mayor about teacher salaries are at the top of today's news, along with a Sun Times editorial about the steep dropoff in teacher salaries in CPS for veteran teachers, compared to other districts. Last but not least, a couple of stories about youth violence. Check it out. Let me know what I missed.
Mayor: Salary only piece of puzzle in attracting, retaining teachers Sun Times: Teacher salaries are not the only bait needed to attract and retain good teachers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday, defending Chicago’s decision to pay competitive starting salaries that fall far short for veteran teachers.
Editorial: CPS needs to fix pay system Sun-Times: Reporters Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab found that the salary for a new Chicago teacher with a bachelor's degree ranks No. 16 statewide. But the top salary for a Chicago veteran ranks much lower, No. 167 statewide. That's the biggest drop for any ...
Emanuel defends Obama’s response to city violence Sun TImes: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama, his former boss, against those who think the president could and should do more to help stem gang violence in his adopted hometown. Obama is coming home this weekend for a series of campaign fund-raisers tied to his 51st birthday.
Harper High School fights violence, but funding is half the battle Tribune: Both Chicago Public Schools and private groups have spent millions of dollars on anti-violence initiatives aimed atschools like Harper. Many of those programs are being cut in the coming year as the school district struggles with a $665 million deficit.
Despite summer violence, Chicago Public Schools students can succeed Ray Salazar: But 21-year-old Chicago resident Dulce Padilla, proves that–with strong academic opportunities and support–low-income students who witness violence can still succeed in school. When Dulce was in 4th grade, her brother Adrián was killed due to gang ...
South suburban students learn science through "Mythbusters" WBEZ: Only about a third of all 8th graders in the country are considered “proficient” in science, and in Illinois, it’s even less. The Museum of Science and Industry using "Mythbusters" themed experiments to try and change that for students in the Chicago region.
Chicago Protesters: "Take TIFs Off the Menu!" In These Times: The Collaborative's members include the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73, Action Now and the Organization of the Northeast (ONE). “The mayor talks about bringing all these jobs downtown, but often they are jobs that already had workers, just ...