Today's news roundup includes a hodge-podge (hodgepodge?) of items including the pressures on schools to cut recess (again), the CO's effort to get a share of cellphone tower cash, some parents angry about a principal "shaming" their kids, and a TFA rebellion event on Sunday.
Recess time headed for a rocky road Catalyst: Lack of money to hire staff to supervise children was a problem, one that is likely to worsen given the budget cuts already reported by some schools. And a survey of parents from 20 schools by the group POWER-PAC found that schools didn’t always view recess as a requirement.
Bankrupt in Philadelphia: Could This Happen to Your School District? TakePart: Conner also points out that what is happening in Philadelphia has already occurred in Chicago. “It is no coincidence that the Philadelphia School District is facing a plight similar to that of theChicago public schools, with mass school closing.
Emanuel's infrastructure trust off to slow start Chicago Tribune: One aspect of that initiative has raised questions about the agency's role because it is seeking private financing for construction projects that have already been completed and paid for byChicago Public Schools.
New principals at Rich Central, Rich South Southtown Star: The Rich Township High School District 227 Board has promoted from within and hired fromChicago Public Schools to fill two vacant principal positions for next year. Vanessa Woods began as principal at Rich Central High School on July 1.
Pension reform would ease the Chicago school financial crisis Chicago Tribune: A three-year break that allowed Chicago Public Schools to skip pension contributions is ending. CPS had to pay $196 million into the teacher's pension fund in the fiscal year that ended June 30. This year, CPS' contribution rises to $612 million.
Active Trans Helps Chicago Public Schools Set Up 25 Safe Routes Programs Streetsblog Chicago: I recently sat down with Genaro Escarzaga, the Active Transportation Alliance's Safe Routes to School coordinator, to discuss the work he's doing to help launch Safe Routes programs in twenty-five Chicago public schools.
Daniel O'Neil and his Smart Chicago Collaborative finds real people to test the city's best civic apps Tribune: "The big picture is to get residents engaged in the civic technology process — because currently they're not," O'Neil said immediately after a recent test of Tom Kompare's almost-finished app, go2school.org, at a public library in Uptown.
CPS parents upset that principal shamed girls, said shorts too short Sun Times: Two students read a letter calling for their principal to get a chance to change, echoing the forgiving attitudes of a few others, but several parents called on her to resign...
Teach For America's Civil War The American Prospect: Despite the endless outcry, no one has ever staged a coordinated, national effort to overhaul, or put the brakes on, TFA—let alone anyone from within the TFA rank-and-file. On July 14, in a summit at the annual Free Minds/Free People education conference in Chicago, a group of alumni and corps members will be the first to do so.