Substitute Shortage & More

Where are all the substitutes? Will some charters get closed, too? What happened in Newark? Why can't I find my energy drinks?

CLOSURES

CPS planning to close failing charters too Tribune:  The district has for several years targeted neighborhood schools for closing based on low performance or underenrollment. But the district has not opted to close charter schools in recent years. On Wednesday, charter advocates said they agreed with the district's efforts to close failing charters but said the district needs to look beyond state test scores.

Charters Might Find Way Onto CPS School Closing List Progress Illinois: New Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement yesterday that, "Charters, like neighborhood schools, are public schools that receive taxpayer dollars and must be held accountable for results just as any other in our district ...

West Side teacher demands change in Chicago's schools AustinTalks: The constant turnover of employees in Chicago Public Schools fosters chaos and lacks care. This leaves our children at risk. The ruthless practice of purging the system of employees compromises the relationships that students and school employees build.

HEALTHY DRINKS

CPS Bans Sweets And Energy Drinks Chicagoist: Chicago Public Schools officials instituted a new healthier snack and beverage policy on Wednesday. It bans energy drinks, Gatorade and whole milk. It also sets health standards for vending machines and discourages the selling or distribution of sweets ...

CPS Bans Sweets And Energy Drinks Chicagoist: Chicago Public Schools officials instituted a new healthier snack and beverage policy on Wednesday. It bans energy drinks, Gatorade and whole milk. It also sets health standards for vending machines and discourages the selling or distribution of sweets ...

CLASSROOMS

Lack of Substitute Teachers in CPS a District-Wide Concern ChicagoTalks: The tension brought by the Chicago teachers’ strike may be gone, but parents at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School in Wicker Park have a new reason to worry. “We are concerned with the lack of substitutes not only at Pritzker but in the district as a whole,” said Amy-Lynn Vero, a parent of a first-grader at Pritzker Elementary.

The Geography of School Poverty in Chicago Chicagomag: The first findings of “Apples to Apples,” an independent investigation of Chicago Public Schools(CPS) data released today, reveals 76% of CPS elementary schools examined had entire grades above the recommended class size limit set by CPS in 2011.

Too Much of a Good Thing? Tim Shanahan: Am I being unreasonable? Some teachers insist that we "show them the research." Could you point me toward specific research on small group instruction as well as time spent 'face to face' with the teacher?

CPS Arts Education Plan moves forward for December debut Medill Reports: Chicago: Starting next month, students in Chicago Public Schools will be offered a broader education in the arts, through a new program that's specially designed to integrate arts training into a school regimen that currently focuses on reading, writing, math and science ...

MISC

Mayor Emanuel has no public events scheduled at this WCHI News: In the morning, Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will make an announcement about recognizing excellence in Chicago Public Schools on Chicago's West Side at James Russell Lowell Elementary School.

Approved Newark Teachers' Contract Creates Two-Tiered Salary Schedule EdWeek: Critics of the contract included the members of a new political "caucus" or party within the NFT. Called the New Caucus, the group has posted a number of documents that pick apart aspects of the contract (prepare yourself for a lot of exclamation points). In general, the group says that the contract doesn't address social-justice concerns, paves the way for more school shakeups, and compensates teachers less than they'd have gotten under the old salary schedule.

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  • CBS2 segment on Dixon Elementary, a level 1 neighborhood school with lots of art on the walls http://ow.ly/fm1wa

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