Elected Board Petition

Today’s education news includes a second bad credit rating for CPS, an update on the petition for an elected school board, perspectives on the longer school day, and lots of back to school coverage from the Tribune.  That’s an early image from Curiosity, on Mars.  BAD RATING

A second credit rating agency lowers outlook for CPS Chicago Tribune:  “The Negative Rating Outlook reflects the significant financial challenges the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) faces in fiscal 2014 as pension costs increase and a highly contentious relationship with its labor unions evolve,” according to a press release …


Chicago school day: A teacher responds CNN (blog): Both the Chicago Teachers Union and the VIVA (Voices, Ideas, Vision, Action) teacher group I work with have created reports on how to better use time in our day to maximize student learning. (You can click on the links on their names to see those plans …

What the Longer School Day in Chicago Really Means ChicagoNow (blog):  Students in Chicago Public Schools will now be within school walls for seven hours a day come this September. Chicago had one of the shortest school days in the country at five hours and 45 minutes.


Group Submits 10K Signatures Seeking Vote On Elected School Board CBS Local: While a Chicago Teachers Union representative participated in the group’s rally at Board of Elections headquarters at 69 W. Washington St., organizers said their petition drive is neither driven, nor financed by the union.

Grassroots coalition submits signatures for voter referendum on elected School Board Catalyst:  A coalition of community groups pushing to get an elected school board believes they have enough signatures to get a referendum gauging public support on the November ballot in 204 precincts, about 9 percent of the precincts in Chicago.

Community groups submit petitions calling for referendum on elected school board Chicago Tribune: When Mayor Richard Daley took control of Chicago Public Schools in 1995, he began appointing board members to the Board of Education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued that practice.


Teachers put to test by digital cheats Chicago Tribune: Heloise Pechan’s heart rose when she read the essay one of her students, a seemingly uninterested high schoolsophomore, had turned in for a class assignment on “To Kill a Mockingbird.

Trends are bold this back-to-school season Chicago Sun-Times: Karl Volkman, chief technical officer at SRV Network inChicago recommends this clock in his must-have gadgets for the school year. ThinkGeek (thinkgeek.com), $19.99. High-tech backpack. This year, it’s all about having a backpack with “lots of bells …


Feeling the Heat, AFT’s Reform Resolve Wavers Education Week: Delegates from the union’s second-largest affiliate, theChicago Teachers’ Union, hail from a different internal political party, or “caucus,” than most of the top brass at the AFT.

Proponents say Everyday Math adds up, though some don’t understand how Chicago Tribune: Nationally, the pre-K through sixth-grade program is used by about 4.3 million students in more than 220000 classrooms. In Illinois, about 30 percent of school districts teach it, as well as slightly more than half of the Chicago Public Schools …

For the Record: High school cops Catalyst:  Once routine, the long-standing practice of stationing two police officers at high schools has become controversial in recent years. This year’s proposed budget includes just $13 million to pay for these officers, far less than officials have previously estimated as the cost for current staffing levels.

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