Layoffs, Cuts, Training

Layoffs, Cuts, Training

Lots of comments about last week's budget meetings and principal training over the weekend, plus a bit of new news about layoffs:

CPS firing more lunchroom workers Tribune: Chicago Public Schools began laying off 200 lunchroom workers Friday in the latest round of pink slips issued by the cash-strapped district. CPS officials said in a news release that the layoffs would save $4 million and are part of "an effort to align...
CPS layoffs hit arts, specialty subjects hard, CTU says Sun Times: A clearer picture of the massive number of teachers pink-slipped from Chicago Public Schools this summer is emerging, with the Chicago Teachers Union reporting almost 19 percent of total teachers cut from subjects such as the arts, gym and library, and another 19 percent from bilingual and special education.

Parents rail at CPS cuts Tribune: Parents and education advocates voiced anger and frustration over spending cuts affecting their children's schools during one of two public hearings Thursday on the Chicago Public Schools' $5.58 billion budget. "I'm angry that the mayor sold the idea of...

Downers Grove grade schools prepare for iPad mini rollout Chicago Tribune: Downers Grove District 58 administrators are putting the finishing touches on a program that will give hundreds of elementary school students their own iPad minis when school starts at the end of the month.

Beauty schools looking more attractive  Crain's Chicago Business: The idea that beauty school is for people who can't hack it at “real” colleges is receding, as students look warily at the indentured servitude that often comes with a four-year degree and choose cheaper options.

Is Chicago another Detroit? Chicago Sun-Times: Whatever you think about Emanuel, he's no deer-in-the-headlights politician, and his battle with the Chicago Teachers Union last year showed his willingness to take on heavyweight opponents, regardless of the outcome.

Will liberals stand up to “corporate school reform”? Salon: The best way to educate liberals is to stand up for principles of social justice and equality, as the recently re-elected reformers who lead theChicago Teachers Union are doing.

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  • I too, had to teach my students with disabilities in a small room with a washroom used by the staff. The noise and the stench were unbelievable. Yes, I complained to CPS, CTU and ISBE and was told that a parent must file, that I as the teacher, could not file due process.
    I stopped complaining when the principal said that if I persisted he would put my classroom out in the hall-I shut up because I didn't want my students to be embarrassed by sitting in the hall. Yet, what really frosted me was that the case manager, AP and principal could easily have switched rooms but chose not to-that's when I realized that it is
    not about the children!

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