Yesterday's Board meeting included the approval of the revised budget, the official signoff on the hiring of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and the revelation from Catalyst that CPS was holding private public meetings about closings and consolidations.
CPS holding "private" meetings with community leaders on school actions Catalyst: CPS officials at the meeting said they are trying to make the process of school closings more palatable than last year, when CPS was sharply criticized for not heeding input and some community members were paid by a politically connected organization to show up at meetings in support of the actions.
BUDGET BOARD MEETING
CPS approves teachers contract Tribune: The three-year contract, already ratified by the Chicago Teachers Union, will cost the district an average of $74 million per year, the district said. To accommodate that, the district plans a number of financial moves, including refinancing bonds and ...
Intelligence Report: Changing CPS CEOs comes at a cost ABC: Change doesn't come for free. In this Intelligence Report: The cost of replacing the head of the Chicago Public Schools.
Chicago students and teachers, listen up: rare truth-telling about the system's future Warren: The bottom line was crystal clear: the system is headed toward huge shutdowns of schools. There was talk by Cawley and Bennet of looking at every "nook and cranny" for more savings and efficiencies. There are not that many nooks and crannies in any institution in America outside, say, the Pentagon or the New York Yankees payroll.
CPS budget includes $103 million in pay raises as fiscal challenges loom Medill Reports: The board approved Chicago Public Schools' fiscal year 2013 budget in August, but now must amend the budget to include pay increases outlined in the new Chicago Teachers Union contract resulting from last month's strike.
New teacher union contract approved WGN: The Chicago Board of Education approved the new three-year Chicago Teachers Union contract Tuesday
Byrd-Bennett approved as CPS CEO CPS: The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the hiring of Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the new schools chief at $250,000 annually for three years.
Hey, teachers: you should have voted for del Valle! Chicago Reader (blog): He did not get the Chicago Teachers Union's endorsement—they stayed neutral—even though his record as a state senator on everything from charters to local school councils to high-stakes testing was far more favorable to teachers than any of the other ...