CPS to cut classroom spending, max out on property tax rate Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said she’s willing to lobby legislators for pension reform but also for new revenue. “We’re ready to work with you on that so that we can actually go to Springfield — but we also need to go to Springfield to get rid of this regressive flat tax, we need a progressive income tax,” she said.
Chicago Public Schools finds short-term budget fixes Tribune (editorial): Will CPS' ever-shifting explanation of its "reserves" lend credence to critics, who have raised questions about the size of the projected deficit — and predicted that money would magically appear to close the gap? Sure. But let's be clear: This $697 million is not extra money. Much of it is money that arrived earlier than expected.
CPS' $5.6 billion budget features classroom cuts and dipping into reserves Tribune: Chicago Public Schools will drain nearly $700 million in reserves, raise its share of the Cook County property tax as much as possible and make cuts that include $68 million from the classroom to close its $1 billion deficit, according to a $5.58...
CTU, Parents Protest Cuts at School Board Meeting WTTW: Parents, teachers and students are protesting budget cuts today at the Chicago School Board's monthly meeting. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.
Can an algorithm ID high school drop outs in first grade? Hechinger: Early warning systems to detect high-school drop outs are all the rage in education data circles. See this post on a new early warning system in Wisconsin. Like the Wisconsin example, most data systems focus on identifying middle school students. But what if researchers could use grades, attendance and behavior data to identify at-risk students as soon as possible — as early as first grade? That would really give counselors more time to try to motivate these kids and keep them in school!
Transgender teen may use boys' locker room Politico: The first-of-its-kind decision from the agencies tasks the Arcadia school district outside Los Angeles to change district policies and practices to accommodate the rising ninth-grade student. Teachers and staff must be trained in how to prevent gender discrimination, and federal agencies will be keeping tabs on the district through at least 2016.
'Teen Cop' Busted Again For Posing As Police Officer Chicagoist: Vincent Richardson, the young man who made national headlines four years ago for posing as a Chicago cop so effectively he fooled actual police officers, couldn't sucker the owner of a uniform store on the Northwest side and was arrested once again for impersonating a police officer.