There's some education news, but not much, in the papers today, so let's talk about the GAP alternative high school in the funeral home and look at tomorrow's Board meeting.The meeting agenda includes adoption of the revised budget, a new school wellness policy, establishment of IB programs at Kennedy, Farragut, Bronzeville, Schurz, and Juarez high schools, and calendar modifications for tracks E and R.
When does the Board approve or swear in Byrd-Bennet -- or did that happen already? When does she fire or transfer everyone in the Central Office -- or is there no one left to fire or transfer?
Link to agenda and background materials here.
City, CPS start reviewing early childhood applications Catalyst: More than 200 agencies have applied for early childhood funding under a new process requiring schools and community organizations alike to compete for preschool and infant education dollars.
Illinois Teacher of the Year goes to Schaumburg English teacher, coach WBEZ: Curtin teaches English at Schaumburg High School in North West Suburban District 211. Schaumburg High School Principal Tim Little didn’t hire Curtin, but he inherited him six years ago.
Newark Teachers Union Embraces Performance Pay, Wins Peer Review In These Times: In cities without Zuckerberg philanthropy, or in future Newark contracts, Ravitch noted, performance pay is more likely to come at the expense of other raises. She also faulted NTU for not taking a page from the Chicago Teachers Union.
Is it ever OK for a politician to deceive the public? Sun-Times: It was a story broken by Chicago Sun-Times reporters Fran Spielman, Rosalind Rossi and Lauren FitzPatrick on Thursday night. Back in August, reports of Brizard's pending demise began swirling amid bitter negotiations between CPS and the teachers union.
People With Lots of Friends In High School Earn More Money Chicago Magazine: And the reverse is true, and the disparity is even greater—socially isolated high school students make less over the course of their lives than their peers, according to studies based on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, the nation's oldest long-term study of adolescents. Could smaller classes help?