Today's news includes tidbits about closings, charters, the budget, and truancy. There's also a pointed Sun Times editorial you should check out. Want more? Check out the recent comments from veteran teachers concerned about funding cuts and school-based budgeting.
CPS vs. CTU
Editorial: After a year of chaos, a plan for the schools Chicago Sun-Times: But where’s the money to do this well? And then there’s the teachers union, which summarily dismissed the plan before the ink was even dry. Is there anything that comes from CPS that the union would publicly support?
Karen Lewis WTTW: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Chicago has to break its addiction to tax-breaks and find ways to generate revenue for our schools. She joins us to talk about the fate of teachers and students under the new-look CPS. Read Lewis's full statement in response to CPS' proposed five-year action plan and read 11 Things About Lewis you may not have known.
CPS legally leaves door open to keeping the lights on at 10 of 50 schools set to close Sun Times: Until a new judge can be assigned to a lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers Union and parents from 10 elementary schools, CPS attorneys agreed the district wouldn’t take any permanent actions at the schools in question.
Emanuel won’t rule out property tax hike to fill CPS budget hole Sun Times: Chicago homeowners and businesses have grown accustomed to up-to-the-limit school property tax increases, but they might be forced to endure even more pain to bail the Chicago Public Schools out of a $1 billion shortfall.
Avoiding the summer slide Tribune: When you're both a parent and a schoolteacher, there's a good chance that how you choose to fill your child's days over the long, lazy summer will be studied by those around you.
Chicago Upgrades Its Principal Pipeline Education Week News: The goal, said Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, is to install some 300 leaders in the system's 600-plus schools by the start of the 2014-15 academic year who meet more-rigorous eligibility criteria and demonstrate the skills that district ...
New Study Says Charter Schools Push Out Problem Students WTTW: According to new research from a group called VOYCE – which stands for Voices of Youth in Chicago Education – charter schools in several key charter networks (like Noble and Perspectives schools) expel students at much higher rates than Chicago Public Schools. Read a web article delving deeper into this research, with reaction from the charter networks.