Lincoln Park HS Walkout

Lincoln Park HS Walkout

Emanuel on Emanuel.  Walkout at LPHS  (over 8 teachers, among other things).  School Safety (First Lady, Karen Lewis).  A teacher hates Teacher Appreciation Week.  What else?

 

EMANUEL

Emanuel Supports CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett In School Closure Plan Progress IL: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is “100 percent hand-in-glove” with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in her plan to close 54 schools, consolidate 11 and turnaround six.

Emanuel finds some things beyond his control in Year Two Tribune: "Do we have a full school day? Do kids get reading and recess? Do they get algebra and the arts and athletics? Do they get activities and after-school programs? Do they have extra things in the Park District? That I know they have," he said.

LPHS WALKOUT

Lincoln Park High School Students Walk Out in Support of Fired Teachers DNAI: Eight teachers at the high school who had to reapply for their jobs under the new program were originally told they could continue working there, but those job offers were rescinded last month. Students said they saw teachers in tears after hearing that they wouldn't be getting their jobs back, and decided to stage the walkout. Nearly the entire school walked out, except for about three or four students per class, according to those at the protest. The school has nearly 2,000 students.

Lincoln Park High School students walk out in support of teachers WBEZ: Earlier this spring, 128 teachers received offers--eight were recently rescinded. The letters went out prematurely, before anyone ran the deal by the Board of Education. According to a CPS spokesperson, the board ultimately did not support requiring principals to accept candidates that they found unsuitable.

SAFETY

Michelle Obama: Chicago Students Worried 'About Their Own Death'  DNAI: Lee Cowan of CBS's "Sunday Morning" talked to Obama about how the recent Chicago tragedies have touched her. She told him about her meeting last month at West Englewood's Harper High School — where 29 former or current students have been shot in the last year, eight of them fatally.

Karen Lewis speaks out on school closings WLS: Friday afternoon, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel for moving so quickly to close 54 schools. Lewis says the thing that worries her most about the school closings is the danger kids will be exposed to crossing gang territories to attend new schools and the rival gang members in those schools.

Schools Chief, Top Cop Review 'Safe Passage' Plans For Students CBS2 Chicago: “I do recognize and agree with parents who say we need adults along that passage for our children,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said at a news conference with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. Administrators plan to provide safe passage ...

MISC

Parent: Some Payton players want beleaguered coach out Sun Times: The captain of Walter Payton College Prep’s baseball team and another top player told the team’s beleaguered coach Thursday they no longer want to play for him, the captain’s father has told the Chicago Sun-Times.

I’ve always hated Teacher Appreciation Week. CPS Chatter: I hate the way that large corporations like Exxon will use platitudes to make it look like they’re behind us 100% and hope to thereby soften their image and make people feel good about supporting their business.   Anytime I hear, “do you think good teachers should be paid more?”  I reflexively answer “Hell no!”  because I figure it’s some sort of education reform scheme worded as teacher appreciation.

Comings & Goings: Chou, Vahey Catalyst: Victoria Chou, the dean of the College of the Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago is retiring in August.  Chou has been dean of the college for the past 17 years.  She is also currently an interim executive associate chancellor for external and government relations.  Chou has been a co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research, chair of the Governing Board of the National Teachers Academy-Professional Development School in Chicago, and co-chair of the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education.

Chris Jones Sunday column Tribune: For a look at the realities of life in an urban school, one might take in "The Knowledge," a play (at the Steep Theatre on Chicago's North Side) written by John Donnelly, a former teacher. In this stark yet darkly humorous drama, a young, newly qualified teacher finds herself in a failing school, teaching the most difficult group of students, all from impoverished backgrounds.

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