AM News: Cuts, Coaches

See information about school closings in the previous post (below):

Illinois Schools Could Be Facing Steep Cuts Statehouse News
Local school districts are already waiting a long time
for their checks from Springfield.  But now some lawmakers say in
addition to being late, those state aid payments could get a lot

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districts ax teachers, blame state for financial meltdown
Chicago Public Schools system faces a budget deficit as high as $900
million for next year, up from about $475 million this year, officials
say. The district has laid off more than 500 employees and expects to
lay off another 500 this school year. So far, the layoffs have not hit
the classroom.

teachers get full-time coaches
In the pilot program,
coaches worked with 200 beginning teachers in
neighborhoods with high teacher turnover, including Englewood, West
Englewood, North Lawndale and Woodlawn.

Social Rejection Can Hinder Students’ Success in School WBEZ
Rush Neurobehavioral Center’s
Dr. Clark McKown explains new research that establishes three key
factors in a child’s behavior that can result in social rejection.

team to spruce up schools
public criticism about closings and violence in Chicago Public Schools,
the Illinois State Lottery’s Raise a Hand initiative teamed with
not-for-profit Chicago Cares to paint three classrooms at Bouchet

See information about school closings in the previous post (below):

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  • from a reader:

    A letter from William McClellan, Music Curriculum Supervisor, chief
    administrator for the nine All-City Performing ensembles and
    coordinator of all CPS music contests...

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    As a means of lowering the budget deficit, the Chicago Public Schools(CPS) will make an additional 500 administrative cuts at the central office by the end of this week or next week.

    The Office of Arts Education (OAE) and its 7-member staff is on the list to be a part of those cuts. We do not know the exact date of the cuts; but our demise, at this point, is imminent.

    The Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival scheduled for Saturday
    February 27, 2010 at Kelly High School will still go on as scheduled; beginning at 9:00 AM.

    In anticipation of the announcement of the elimination of the Office of Arts Education (OAE), all OAE-sponsored music events are suspended as of the end of the day on Saturday February 27, 2010.

    / anyone else seeing messages like this?

  • anyone else hearing 15 furlough days along with the 500 jobs cut?

  • If CPS only cuts 500 positions, puts in place 15 furlough days for non-school based administrators, cuts freshman sports, and city wide music programs I doubt that will come any where near $900 million. I think you all are missing something far bigger needed to get any where near $900 million.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    We need an independent review of the budget. I do not trust Huberman nor CPS on the money. I am serious! How many governments have used a crises to get their way eventually. There needs to be accountability on the budget and where it goes. I live in an area of a TIF and the money gets sucked out of our ward.

    Read about Daleys piggy bank that gets filled by our tax dollars. How does UNO get $120.000.000 of our tax money to serve those poverty pimps!

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Board of Education Hides School Closing Votes from Community
    CORE Calls Turnarounds a

  • good point, rod -- they're talking about 12 percent pay cuts in LA, for example.

  • Cut teacher positions, cut programs, cut after school & before school. Cut bilingual, arts, coaches (some schools get more), overcrowd the classroom to the point of fire code violations, then close the schools because of NCLB and not making AYP or showing growth.

    The state needs a lesson on financing and how to live within the means, so does CPS. If you or I used their fuzzy math, strange accounting, and not paying bills we would in jail.

  • Agreed. Huberman's know nothing cronies should be ushered out. They are doing more harm than good.

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