Happy Monday. There were lots of interesting school-level layoff comments over the weekend, and an interesting Morning Shift segment on the impacts of the layoffs and the new school-based budgeting systems this morning, plus news from today and over the weekend rounded up for you below:. If I missed anything, let me know.
CPS layoffs, drop in city's bond rating tied to state pension crisis, Emanuel says Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday pointed a finger at the state's pension crisis in two recent doses of bad financial news: 2,000 Chicago Public Schools layoffs and a decline in the city's bond rating. "This is avoidable in a sense," Emanuel said.
Chicago Schools Hit With New Round Of Layoffs NPR: Chicago's school district is laying off 2,000-plus workers, more than 1,000 of them are teachers... Chicago Public Schools is blaming this round of layoffs on the schools' $1 billion budget deficit and the lack of pension reform.
Euphoria is over for CPS schools that won reprieve, kept doors open Sun Times: An uncertainty has set in about what the upcoming school year could look like, given budget cuts at some of those schools. Indeed, the 2,100 layoff — including teachers and other CPS staff — announced last week reinforces that murky picture.
CPS calls teacher’s mom to tell him he’s getting laid off Sun Times Gage Park High School teacher Xian Barrett learned he was one of 2,113 Chicago Public Schools employees losing his job Friday morning from his mother. Why the principal called his emergency contact instead of his primary number, he doesn’t know. But Barrett returned the message his mother relayed from his principal and was read the script thanking him for his service — but pink-slipping him.
CPS Laying off 2,000+ CPS Obsessed: Well, it’s a sad day for many staff members affected by school closings. Sad especially because these people taught in areas where families were leaving the neighborhoods because they we’re necessarily a great place to live or housing changes reduced the family population. But those who stuck it out have been hit hard with closing schools and now layoffs. However our budget situation is also sad. There isn’t enough money right now to set up our school system the way (I think everyone would agree) it needs to work effectively.
US Schools Chief Arne Duncan Labors to Straddle Political Divide Wall Street Journal: In a miasma of partisanship on virtually every front, education stands out as an issue where partisan lines are bent in strange directions and odd-bedfellow relationships are forming.
Change Agent in Education Collects Critics in Connecticut Town NYT: Paul G. Vallas, a state-appointed superintendent in Bridgeport, Conn., faces the prospect of being driven out by a vitriolic crowd unhappy with his agenda.
Poll: Parents don’t support many education policy changes WashPost: Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting public dollars to charter schools to private school vouchers, according to a new poll to be released Monday by the American Federation of Teachers.
Down in the Delta, Outsiders Who Arrived to Teach Now Find a Home NYT: An influx of young, university-trained arrivals affiliated with Teach for America has flowed into the Delta, planting roots and hoping to make a difference.
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