Today's education news: There's a new principal recruitment program being expanded, and the principal bonus program is getting tougher. Parents and community members continue to protest possible closings -- Brentano is the latest. Too much testing is another protest issue. Catholic schools are up again for the third year in a row. What else is going on, or on your mind?
PRINCIPAL RECRUITMENT AND BONUSES
CPS principal bonuses will be tougher to come by this year Tribune: Chicago Public Schools principals will have to meet a more rigorous set of benchmarks this year to collect bonuses of up to $20,000, district officials said Wednesday.
CPS plans training programs for candidates for principal jobs Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools is about toput candidates for principal jobs through real-life training as part of a new screening process, the district announced Wednesday. Anyone aiming to take the helm of a school will have to prove a knack for dealing with parents who are upset or breaking upa student fight in the hall and other routine situations, Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.
The Chicago Leadership Collaborative via CPS Chatter: CPS employees received this link in an email today. Just looking at this site is very enlightening. It’s scary to think of a dozen TFA members fresh off 2 years of teaching and a year Harvard becoming CPS principals.
CPS introduces new recruitment initiative for principals Fox: Chicago Public Schools announced a new initiative Wednesday that ensures quality control at city schools. The program has everything to do with hiring and keeping good principals.
Aldermen and parents want North Side school to stay open WBEZ: rentano Math and Science Academy is among more than 100 schools on a list for possible closing by Chicago Public Schools because it is considered “underutilized.
School Closure Fight Continues as Parents Deliver Petition to CPS DNAinfo: As Brentano supporters, members of the media, and politicians continued to mill around the CPS lobby Wednesday morning, Kindleberger was given the go-ahead to take the petition upstairs to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Dear Barbara Byrd Bennett, We’re Talking. Are you Listening? ChicagoNow: Things might look a little better for you people right now if anyone, anywhere had actually ever made an effort to have a real conversation with the people whose neighborhood public schools are being treated as pawns in a crazy chaotic board game. If anyone had actually sat down with the leaders of the schools you want to close, listened to them, and brainstormed together about the best way to go about this right-sizing.”
Chicago residents fight to keep West Side schools open Austin Weekly News: CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennettrecently said high schools and high-performing schools are off the table. But that still leaves more than a dozen Austin schools underutilized that could possibly be on the closure list, CPS data show. Governor Seeking Mandatory School Shooting Drills CBS Local:
Chicago parents and teachers unite against standardized testing Chicago Reader: CEO [Barbara] Byrd-Bennett has asked her new Chief of Accountability to review all existing assessments in our system so she may analyze their use and purpose to ensure that each one adds value to our children's learning."
CPS' counseling director under fire for alleged LGBT insensitivity Windy City Times
If Elkins’ allegations are to be believed, it would appear Karpouzian’s unsubstantiated homophobic comment “that gay people were going to hell” is also intertwined with her religious perspective. Upon review of the Everlasting Love episodes available on YT, however, none of the titles directly address LGBT issues, and the select episodes viewed did not uncover any homophobic comments, religious-based or otherwise.
Chicago Catholic Schools see enrollment increase WHBF: Enrollment in Chicago's Catholic schools has grown over the past three years.
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