Welcome back! You didn't miss much. Today's news includes a scathing editorial against CPS for its budget practices, a handful of stories about the turnarounds that are going to be considered on Wednesday at the Board meeting,sad news about kids shot on their way home Sunday, and a WBEZ story about field trips for teachers. Check it all out below and get more updates throughout the day at @district299
CPS uses another gimmick to balance budget Tribune (editorial): Last year, Chicago Public Schools officials tapped out reserves and turned their pockets inside out to fill a projected $1 billion shortfall. They closed schools, laid off teachers, slashed classroom and central office spending. District officials warned that they had run out of budgetary rabbits to yank from hats.
CPS has 3 schools on 'turnaround' list Chicago Tribune: After closing nearly 50 schools last year, Chicago Public Schools officials are taking a measured approach on school actions this year, placing just three schools on track to have their staffs overhauled because of subpar performance.
Dvorak Elementary Supporters Furious About CPS Turnaround Plan Progress Illinois: A passionate crowd begged the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district at a community meeting Wednesday night to spare Dvorak Technology Academy from having its entire staff fired and replaced next school year.
At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers Catalyst: At 16 of the 17 schools that underwent a turnaround between 2007 and 2011, more than half of teachers hired in the first year of the turnaround left by the third year. In the 10 schools that were turned around last year, a third of the faculty left by the start of the current school year.
Illinois schools get waiver from No Child Left Behind progress mandate Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois joined the long list of states that have received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, which means its school districts won't be punished financially or labeled as failures
Teachers Union Pres. Lewis urging Ald. Fioretti to run for mayor
WLS: Fioretti was at the City Club again sounding like a candidate for mayor, saying Emanuel is creating two cities: one rich, one poor. Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was there talking to reporters afterward, taking her own shot at Emanuel.
Teachers' Strikes Catching Fire from Oregon to Minnesota Labor Notes: In all three districts, strong community support helped the teachers win a stronger contract. A year and a half after the Chicago Teachers Union revived the strike with a seven-day work stoppage that became national news
5 children injured in South Side shooting CLTV: Witnesses say the group was walking home after playing basketball at a nearby school when someone pulled up and asked if they were in a gang.
Field Trips Just For Teachers WBEZ: Science teachers huddle over bacteria colonies at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The museum plans to train 1,000 area educators to be better science teachers in the next five years.
Snapping Turtle, Snakes Part Of The Fun For Whitney Young Science Teacher DNAI Info: Science teacher Todd Katz started an endangered species program at Young.
Note that national education news is in the previous post today.
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