No 4th Year For Contract, Says CTU

No 4th Year For Contract, Says CTU

Karen Lewis doesn't want the 4th year of the current contract.  Forty-four CPS students got Gates Scholarships. Catalyst updates us on summer learning loss. Elsewhere, Minneapolis is looking at an Oakland (CA) model for working with young black men, the NYC contract proposal includes a secret buyout provision for rubber room teachers, and the Common Core field testing continues for another month.


CTU's Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be 'Contentious' DNA Info: CTU President Karen Lewis said, "I'm not looking to make anybody's election year easy at all."

CTU Chief Lewis: Contract talks likely during mayoral election Chicago Sun-Times: “I'm not looking to make anybody's election year easy at all, especially someone who doesn't want to make our lives easy,” said Karen Lewis, referring to the mayor who reportedly once directed the f-word at her.

Chicago Teachers Union chief opens door to strikeCrain's Chicago Business: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today declared in unmistakable terms that the union will forgo the fourth, optional year of a pact negotiated to end the 2012 strike.

Chicago teachers will forgo 4th year of contact AP: Karen Lewis says the Chicago Teachers Union will forgo the fourth, optional year of the contract that ended the 2012 teachers' strike. That will mean the current contract will expire in June 2015, shortly after Chicago's mayoral election.

Teachers union boss: Contract talks likely to extend into mayoral campaign Chicago Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis made clear Monday that the union is not likely to agree to an extension of a three-year contract signed after a seven-day strike in September 2012, opening the door to a confrontation over a new contract.


For the Record: Summer learning loss Catalyst:Bit by bit, CPS has chipped away at efforts to create a non-traditional school calendar that would make better use of time to improve academics. The last nail in the coffin came earlier this year, when the Board of Education quietly approved a new calendar that will have students once again return to school after Labor Day. The move reversed last year’s decision to begin classes in late August and give students an early start on the year.

Gates Foundation Offers Full Rides To 44 CPS Students CBS Local: Forty-four Chicago Public Schools students are living that dream today, thanks to Bill Gates' Millennium Scholarships. CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez talked to five recipients, all from one South Side school.

Benito Juarez H.S. Investigated for Altering Student Attendance Records DNAinfo: But DNAinfo Chicago has learned attendance rates at the school, as well as other undisclosed issues, are now under investigation by Chicago Public Schools' inspector general. Chloe Riley talks with DNAinfo Radio about attendance issues at Benito Juarez

CPS to pay police $13 million a year for high school security Sun Times: The pricetag reflects an increase from the $8 million CPS had been paying up to 2011 and a reduction from the amount that Emanuel imposed when he took office that year.

Extra Extra: CPD May Get $13 Million From CPS In New Agreement Chicagoist: The Chicago Police Department could get $13 million in annual compensation from the Chicago Public Schools for officers currently assigned to working full-time in high schools under an agreement introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In insightful 'Principal,' reading, writing and reality Chicago Tribune: So it goes in playwright Joe Zarrow's "Principal Principle," a searingly satirical yet very knowing behind-the-classroom look at the modus operandi at a fictional outpost of the Chicago Public Schools.


UFT contract deal includes a secret “buyout” for out-of-work teachers Chalkbeat: The plan, likely to be controversial with some teachers union members, was not mentioned in any of the public announcements about the deal by the union or city officials. But it would be another way for the city to reduce a pool of 1,200 out-of-work teachers who are still on the city’s payroll.

MPS looks to Oakland model to work differently with African-American boys MinnPost: Chatmon was in town at the invitation of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to meet with the students and with teachers and district leaders who have committed to launching an effort modeled in part on the lauded California initiative to advocate in a new way for both districts’ most poorly served group. His visit was paid for by a local philanthropic group, the Doorstep Foundation.

Want To Know What The Most Sought-After Charter Schools Are? Check Wait-Lists WAMU: If you want your children to attend D.C.'s Two Rivers Public Charter School, be ready for some competition: There are over 1,700 students on the school's wait-list.

After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors NPR: National Hispanic University's founders wanted a bilingual, bicultural environment with smaller class sizes to serve first generation college students.


Most Students Completely Clueless About Major Changes Happening In Education HuffPost: A report released Tuesday found that most students don’t mind the testing, when they know the purpose and how the results will be used.  The report recommended district administrators and teachers take steps to to educate students on assessments, and on curriculum changes affecting the classroom.

Common-Core Testing Environment Gets More Complicated Ed Week: In my latest print story for Education Week, I take a look at how the fragmenting testing environment affects the Common Core State Standards. A couple of folks I talked to think that as the number of tests states collectively use to assess the common core grows, the true power of the common core declines, although the greater emphasis of the comments I collected was on the actual alignment of whatever tests are used in conjunction with the standards.

Healthier School Meals: How 5 Districts Are Faring ABC: How 5 school districts are faring with healthier school meal standards in place.

U.S. House of Representatives Set to Consider Two Bipartisan Education Bills PK12: One piece of legislation would seek to make it easier for high-quality charter school operators to proliferate, while the other is aimed at making federal K-12 research more relevant to educators in the field.

When 4 out of 5 teachers are white Marketplace: "Research shows students of color do much better in terms of academic outcomes with teachers of color," Boser said. "They see them as role models. Student achievement, graduation rates, test scores all go up." And for white students, having non-white teachers is a critical part of preparing for the increasingly diverse, "real" world.

‘Angry Birds’ creator develops preschool program to promote learning through fun WashPost:  Rovio is hoping to build on the popularity of the game — one of the nation’s best-known exports with more than 2 billion downloads — with the international prestige of the nation’s education system for its new early childhood program, called Angry Birds Playground.


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