Strike Aftermath

Today's education news includes strike aftermath (parents, spring break, ratification), more about the credit downgrade, new news about discipline disparities and violence, a hokey-sounding new CPS hiring preference (for kids, not teachers), and appearances from Kozol and Tough.

STRIKE AFTERMATH / RATIFICATION

Parents gripe over changes to Chicago Public Schools calendar Sun Times: Phones at Chicago Public School headquarters were ringing off the hook Friday after parents learned of a new student calendar that makes up for the seven-day teachers strike — but unexpectedly moves spring break up a week.

Teachers strike a test of bond between teachers and parents WBEZ:  It's been almost two weeks since teachers ended their seven-day strike. On the first week back after the strike at Blaine Elementary School in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood there’s lots of enthusiasm but also, relief.

Chicago teachers' strike: Everybody wins, really? Fortune: The 16-page settlement ending the furor over the Chicago teachers' union strike lays out details as specific as the number of minutes allotted for the daily lunch break and the remedy if teachers have to skip lunch.

Emanuel ‘not pleased’ with downgrade in CPS’ credit rating Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’s “not pleased” that the Chicago Board of Education’s bond rating has dropped twice in less than three months, but he inherited financial and educational “deficits” and had to address the shortage in the classroom first.

CPS gets a debt-rating downgrade as teachers prepare to vote on contract Tribune: Chicago teachers this week will vote on a contract their union agreed to after a seven-day strike. How the cash-strapped school district will pay for the raises and other financial ...

VIOLENCE AND DISCIPLINE DISPARITY

Chicago murder rate reaches new high CLTV: Violence over the weekend brought Chicago’s murder rate to a new high when an argument ends with one man dead and another critically injured.

School-to-jail march targets CPS suspension rates CMW: CPS led urban districts by a wide margin in the percent of black male students with disabilities who were suspended at least once – a whopping 72.5 percent.

Minorities unequally disciplined in high school Tribune: New data show black and Hispanic students get disproportionately harsher punishment and more police referrals.

HIRING PREFERENCE

CPS graduates to receive upper hand in city hiring CPS: The city’s Department of Human Resources plans to make sure at least 20 percent of candidates considered for jobs with the city are CPS graduates, according to a written statement from the Mayor’s Office. When applying, candidates can provide a diploma or transcript as …

Program could help CPS grads land city jobs Tribune: Graduates of Chicago Public Schools could have an advantage landing interviews for jobs with the city, whether it be tree trimming or fighting fires. Under a new initiative announced Saturday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, the Department of Human ...

MISC

In praise of 'One Book, One Chicago' WBEZ: There are immense pleasures in our city’s tradition of reading together.

A great night with Kozol in Chicago Mike Klonsky: But the loudest prolonged ovation was reserved for CTU President Karen Lewis. It broke out spontaneously as she entered the sold-out Thorne Auditorium and Nortwestern Univ. Law School.  Lewis spoke briefly, introduced Kozol, and then embraced the author in a show of unity.

New Path to Close the Achievement Gap WBEZ: Journalist Paul Tough and researcher Camille Farrington argue that school reform needs a course correction. In the words of Tough, “We have been focusing on the wrong skills and abilities in our children, and we have been using the wrong strategies to help nurture and teach those skills.”

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