A dozen LSCs have asked the Attorney General to audit CPS finances, according to the Sun Times. Per-pupil budgeting will exacerbate inequalities, says at least one ed school expert in Progress IL. Charter schools aren't "real" public schools, says the Reader's Ben Joravsky (again). Most teacher preparation programs are mediocre, according to a report covered in the Wall Street Journal.
Local School Council members call for AG Lisa Madigan to audit CPS finances Sun Times: Local School Council members of about a dozen Chicago Public Schools lamented proposed budget cuts for their schools Monday morning and called on the Illinois attorney general to audit CPS finances.
Bill Daley attacks Quinn, Lisa Madigan on pension reform Tribune: Democratic governor candidate Bill Daley injected campaign politics into the simmering policy debate on public pension reform Monday, chastising Gov. Pat Quinn for a lack of leadership and potential candidate Attorney General Lisa Madigan for remaining mum on the issue.
CPS' Per-Student Budgets Will Exacerbate School Inequality, Education Experts Say Progress IL: CPS says the new budgeting model gives principals greater control over how funds are spent in their schools. The previous budget model, which gave principals funds for staff positions, is an “outdated formula that dictated specific numbers and types of positions to fill within their schools,” CPS argues.
The lessons of UNOgate—don't let Mihalopoulos catch you! Reader: It's OK for the charters to pay teachers substandard wages and fire them on a whim—so long as they don't let Dan Mihalopoulos catch them doling out contracts to the chief operating officer's brothers.
Extra credit: StarterLeague expands beyond coding Crain's Chicago Business: Next month it will begin training City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools so they can teach web design and development to their students.
Teacher Training's Low Grade WSJ: Fewer than 10% of the programs earned three or more stars. Only four, all for future high-school teachers, received four stars. About 14% got zero stars, and graduate-level programs fared particularly poorly.