Friday education news includes Mayor Emanuel pushing on the 180-day calendar for next year, as well as a $7B plan to rebuild city infrastructure — and the arrival of the new evaluation system by CPS. Oh, and another 50/100 percent graduation rate announcement from Urban Prep.
LONGER DAY AND YEAR
Mayor on axing Columbus, Pulaski holidays: ‘I want ’em in school’ Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s “very sensitive” to those who considered the Columbus Day and Pulaski Day school holidays a source of ethnic pride, but argued that lengthening the school year is more important. “There’s pride in having your kids have enough school days,” Emanuel said.
Longer school day: Why there should be no exceptions Tribune (editorial): CPS should make every effort to find money for teachers, who will work longer, and for additional staff and materials where warranted. But everyone has to recognize the dire financial situation the school system faces. This classroom time has to be created, with or without a big financial incentive. And it has to be created at every school. Within that, sure, grant as much flexibility as possible in how to use the time.
Emanuel pushing $7.3 billion plan to rebuild Chicago’s infrastructure Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday urged major airlines squeezed by skyrocketing fuel prices to come to the table a year early and negotiate a fourth new runway at O’Hare Airport as part of a $7.3 billion plan to rebuild Chicago’s infrastructure and create 30,000 jobs over the next three years.
Chicago, short of money, turns to private sector Reuters: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, facing budget cuts from the debt-ridden state of Illinois and the federal government, turned to the private sector on Thursday to finance $7.2 billion in rebuilding of the city’s aging subways, sewers and schools. Emanuel, who laid off hundreds of workers in his first year in office to close a $636 million gap in the city’s $6.3 billion budget …
CPS to announce new teacher evaluations, says union Catalyst: Because legally mandated negotiations between the union and the district had been going on since December- well past the minimum 90-day period specified in state law – the district is now free to implement the evaluation procedures it most recently discussed with the union.
City officials plan to tie teacher ratings to student test scores Sun Times: Talks on a dramatic overhaul of the way Chicago public school teachers are evaluated ended Thursday with district officials forging forward without teacher union approval on a plan that would tie the ratings of thousands of teachers in part to student test scores.
A principal gives thumbs-up to Danielson framework Lauren Norwood (in Catalyst): Does Danielson improve all teacher practice? Of course not, as no method does. However, in cases where teacher practice does not improve, the administrator along with the teacher is able to see clear concise evidence of plans made and support given to assist the teacher before other measures are taken.
Urban prep boasts another perfect college acceptance year Tribune: Urban Prep officials acknowledge that this year’s senior class of 85 was almost twice that size when the boys started out as freshmen. A rigorous alumni department brings students in over the summer to familiarize them with the challenges ahead and continues to contact graduates twice a month by phone, email or on Facebook.