Today’s education news is a little bit of everything — charter changes, Dyett die-off, results of an opinion poll about Rahm and a pre-negotiation strike, and a bit of followup on the violence over the weekend and so far in the current year. You can also see in the post below that IL was denied an NCLB waiver in the second round, but will try again. Meantime, I think most of us are waiting for the official beginning of the strike vote. The clock is ticking, right?At charter network, new management means new faculty Tribune: New management company replacing teachers at low-performing South Side charters Teachers, administrators and staff at four Chicago charter schools are being laid off because the New York-based company that manages the schools is being replaced.
Wheaton North High student injured while car-surfing Sun Times: The 16-year-old boy was with a group of other students in Northside Park in Wheaton when he got on the car’s hood , rolled off the front of the vehicle and the car rolled over him, said Erica Loiacono, spokesperson for Community Unit School District 200.
At Dyett, will phase-out lead to early closure? Catalyst: Dyett, which started this year at an already-tiny 318 students, is down by 37 students. Crane, which started at 638 students, is down 100, according to CPS officials.
Poll: Emanuel Gets High Marks, Voters Want Teachers To Wait For Strike Vote CBS Local: The survey found 71 percent of people said they think teachers should wait until an independent arbitrator issues a report, making recommendations on a union contract, before the Chicago Teachers Union holds a strike vote.
Public pension reform debate gets heated in Ill. House Bloomington Pantagraph
Democratic leaders say the cost shift is fair because Chicago property taxpayers pay into the retirement fund forChicago Public Schools, while the retirement fund for downstate teachers is partially financed by the state.
Emanuel & McCarthy Address Weekend Violence WTTW: Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. McCarthy react to a bloody and deadly Memorial Day weekend and outline a new, high-tech, anti-gang strategy. Eddie Arruza has the latest.
Chicago Crime: Shootings Slightly Up, Murders Way Up. What Gives? Chicago Magazine: In the first few months of the year, homicides are up by half over last year, though shootings are up only 14 percent. It sounds odd, but it happens. Beneath the basic crime data there’s a lot of underlying complexity, but it’s not well-researched or understood.
Defibrillators saving lives at suburban schools Daily Herald: From a referee who collapsed 18 months ago at a Round Lake basketball game to a Glenbard South cross country coach who slumped over after speaking at a 2001 pep rally for his state champion team, several people have benefited from the automatic external defibrillators kept at schools.
Can television make kids better readers? WBEZ: Coya Paz lives in Chicago with her partner and Ida, their three year-old daughter. Paz is a playwright and college professor.
Required high school swimming classes don’t leave much to imagination Tribune: Oak Park and River Forest school officials stand by the uniform policy. But other suburban high schools allow students to bring their own swimsuits, most limiting girls by a one-piece rule to keep the pool waters PG. Some allow bikinis, but ask that girls wear a T-shirt over the top. via Catalyst.