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Social Justice.  Subsidized CTA rides. Comings and goings.

Veteran teachers out at Social Justice High School WBEZ:Students at a high school in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood were being taught English by temporary teachers Monday. That’s because Chicago public school officials let two other teachers go for “economic reasons” last week.

Mayor eyes police crackdown for Greater Grand Crossing Tribune: South Side neighborhood suffered spasm of violence over weekend After another violent weekend with a concentration of shootings in a single South Side neighborhood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said he wants to bring a police crackdown to Greater Grand Crossing.

Some Chicago Public Schools students get financial help getting to school WBEZ: For years many Chicago Public School students have had to deal with long and expensive daily commutes to school. But a new pilot program announced Monday looks to give a few of them relief this year.

500 high school students to get free CTA rides Sun Times: Five hundred Chicago Public School students at five high schools will get free CTA rides to school during the first semester — provided they show up on time and stay out of trouble — thanks to a $50,000 donation from a local philanthropist.

Comings & Goings: New principals Catalyst: Here’s a roundup of new principal contracts announced in August: Elias Estrada, Alcott, formerly principal at Oriole Park; Michelle Garcia-Jones, Chopin, formerly principal at Aspira Haugan Middle School; LeViis Haney, Lovett, formerly assistant principal at Spencer…

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  • SOS

    What is occurring at SJHS with the English Teachers
    has been going on for decades.And our Union will be
    powerless to stop this travesty.
    Great concern about how hard it is to fire a bad teacher
    seems to get lost when we all see how easy it is to
    fire a good one.Although the names have changed
    the idea is the same:Principals can fire anybody they
    want at any time.
    When this story broke last week it was announced
    that the teachers were fired for economic reasons.
    That excuse didn't make sense since since four classes of kids
    require four teachers ..So today I read they were fired because
    of something called,“strategic reading”.
    This reminds me of the "Articulated Criteria "in the 1980's
    A principal would find out something the teacher they wanted
    had,and that would be the criteria for firing someone they did
    not want.In one case I personally know of the criteria was
    CPR certification.
    Things like this are why I have always felt a one size fits all
    contract can hurt a teacher and school.
    To the English teachers who got screwed time will heal
    your wounds. .

  • "Ziegler said 12 percent of the students met or exceeded state standards in reading on the Prairie State Achievement Exam last year. But that number is from 2010-2011 data. The most recently released results show that 21 percent of students at Social Justice met or exceeded state standards in reading."

    This doesn't sound like an economic reason to me. It sounds like those veteran teachers were not doing their job.

  • In reply to Gerber:

    Dear Gerber

    Who said anything about test scores? My point was that the school
    gave two completely different reasons for firing the teachers.
    Since you decided to add a third( low test scores) we now have
    I looked at just what constitutes this strategic reading and found this
    " What are the guiding principles of strategic reading?
    The meaning of a text is not contained in the words on a page. It is constructed by the reader.
    The single most important variable in learning with texts is a reader's prior knowledge."
    What a super concept to teach High School kids who are first or
    second generation Latin Americans.I am sure these readers" Prior
    knowledge" will be understood by an FNG.

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    In reply to Gerber:

    Sounds like gains to me. When you are getting kids coming from tough SES conditions to score as high as 30 on the ACT, I think you are doing fine even by flawed test score ratings.

    That being said, it's highly irresponsible for you to hold 2 teachers responsible for an entire schools non-contexualized test scores. That's unscientific and if people are going to use them in that fashion, we really shouldn't have test scores available at all. They were never intended to be used for high stakes assessment, and they simply do not accurate measure in that fashion.

  • Mayor orders CPS to block access to Substance from inside Chicago Public Schools... Corporate media can still be read and accessed from inside nation's third largest school system's 660 schools and other offices

  • In reply to district299reader:

    If Little Rahm were as tough on crime as he is on Substance, perhaps this city wouldn't be the murder capital of the industrialized world.

    Worst. Mayor. Ever.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    For a guy who is all about the data (oh no, he is only about the numbers when it is concerning MY job performance)... He is even sounding more inane with his soundbites... I love how he feels the need to spell out what a "public servant" is and what "community" is in terms of "community policing"... disingenuous and arrogant. I must concur Worst. Mayor. Ever.

  • In reply to urbanteach:

    More rats; more graffiti; more homicide; more teen shootings; more child homelessness; more layoffs; more foreclosures; more school closings; more backroom deals; less cops; less teachers; more lies; more corruption; no substance; more Rahm!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The unemployment rate in Chicago has dropped about 2 percentage points since the Mayor took office. Home prices in Chicago have been heading up. There have been a number of high-profile corporate moves to Chicago, including United Airlines and Sara Lee. Maybe there are some good attack lines on the Mayor, but the economy is not likely to be one of them.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Add back all the people who have stopped looking for work and you have a much higher unemployment rate

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Jobs are created, now doubt!

    Recently, the mayor came up with $25 million to create more jobs/opportunities to cover the teachers while (if) they on strike.

    Under the mayor we have also seen a plethora of jobs created outside of teaching. Recess monitors, new board members, new principals, new chiefs & more!

    At the school level, I noticed principals were given the honor to add extra positions such as a college & career counselor, or a social worker. Of course, lets not forget the near 500 teachers who were recalled recently!Such a success!

    For the wealthy, well educated, the mayor has most certainly strengthened the economy. For the rest of us, I beg to differ.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The failure of this leader is in essence his refusal to see the direct impact between the economy and violence. The drug wars are the economy for the most disenfranchised. 9 people dead this past weekend? People fighting for scraps and his answer is to spell out community to folks. If this was chewing up and spitting out white kids at the rate of our brown and black children the outrage would be immediate. Sorry Rahm, your administration is at a level 3 and gets a big fat red F. No more social promotion he needs to be out in the next election.

  • Did you guys hear that Karen will file the ten day notice tomorrow?
    Does the little guy know this? Will the ctu take 6-8% along with other key concessions?

  • In reply to sammy:

    I just read it on the Trib website. Not a guarantee of a strike but one big step closer.

  • In reply to sammy:

    Where did you hear this?


    Strike 3 lil man

  • Is Rahm planning a large-scale school consolidation? What else explains his willingness to spend the reserves other than that he intends to have lower expenses after this year? Do capacity numbers indicate that closing a large number of schools is possible?

  • In reply to Donn:

    The number that has been floating around policy circles is up to 100 schools. Henry S. Bienen a CPS Board member made a veiled reference to such a major action at the last meeting of the Board.

    In general I am not opposed to consoldation of schools, but it has to include charter schools. Far too many are very small and fiscally inefficient because of their size. The other factor that has to be dealt with is the fact that for the past 30 years CPS has stuck special education programs in small enrollment schools because they have room, we have real fears about where these programs will go.

    In order to generate savings schools will have to not just be shut down, but leveled because unused buildings still cost CPS money. Turning them over to charters is no solution because that costs money too and Chicago is losing poor children at a rapid rate so who will fill dozens of new charter schools? Lastly, closing schools does not eliminate quota teacher costs, bcause the students have to have a teacher in front of them no matter where they go.

    Sadly the greatest cost saver is increasing class sizes at all levels including charter schools. That proposal would likely lead to not just union objections but parent objections.

    Let's recall that my CPS eigth grade classroom in the 1966-1967 school year had 41 students in it at Lincoln Elementary School. We were packed in pretty tightly. Did we get an education? Yes, but it was assumed back then that very few of us were college material and jobs for non-college graduates were avaiable. My best estimation is that only 10 of the 41 of us who graduated in 1967 went on to get BAs. One of the lucky 10 was me, even many academically talented Japanese Amcerican students elected not to go to college back then because there were plenty of jobs that paid reasonably for disciplined workers.

    Rod Estvan

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    I think this city's administration thinks the same as they did in the 60's - that most of their student popluation is not college material - this is evident in the hidden (well, actually not so hidden) agenda they are pushing.

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