The House of Delegates voted (symbolically). The budget got passed (sort of). CTU and CPS are making contingency plans in case this thing blows up. New test scores came in (and were largely ignored). What not to say to Latino colleagues who aren’t ELL teachers. Can someone send in a picture of this Placencia character or is she imaginary (which would be sort of cool)? Plus lots more — and other things I’m sure I missed. More to come as the day continues. DELEGATE VOTE
Sides dig in as Chicago teachers strike looms AP: Teachers picketed outside a district office Wednesday in the shadow of a giant inflatable rat as school board members inside authorized spending $25 million in the event of the first Chicago teacher strike in a quarter-century….
Vote shows Chicago teachers’ displeasure with longer-day rollout Tribune: The delegate vote was largely symbolic — union leadership already had been authorized to call a strike. An open-ended negotiating session with the district is scheduled for Thursday, and union delegates were asked to assess the longer-day plans at their schools and report back Aug. 30.
Chicago teachers contemplate strike, but stop short of setting a date WBEZ: Hundreds of Chicago Teachers Union delegates met Wednesday evening for an update on contract negotiations.
Teachers move closer to 10-day strike notice Catalyst: Though they were not required to, Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted to give their leaders discretion to issue a 10-day notice of intent to strike. If the CTU wants to strike on September 4, the first day of school, notice would have to be given by Saturday.
Vote shows Chicago teachers’ displeasure with longer-day rollout Tribune: In an indication that the compromise over the longer school day did little to appease teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates on Wednesday gave its president the OK to issue a 10-day walkout notice at any time.
Strike contingency plan could cost $25 million Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union officials Wednesday charged that nine months of contract negotiations have only produced “very limited progress’’ and so far, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer school day is not a better school day.
Chicago school board approves $25 million for strike backup plan WBEZ: If the Chicago Teachers Union decides to go on strike, it may not mean kids will be stuck at home or out on the street.That’s because the Chicago Board of Education is allowing Chicago Public Schools to spend up to $25 million on a backup plan.
CPS, union both prepare for possibility of teachers strike Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials Monday were crafting contingency plans to keep students busy in the event of a strike, while Chicago Teachers Union members hoisted signs to kick off a week of planned informational picketing outside schools.
Schools budget up for vote, final plan still uncertain WBEZ: The Chicago Board of Education must approve its budget by the end of August. But the $6 billion plan set for a vote Wednesday could still change a lot.
CPS budget approved, but changes are expected Catalyst: The CPS Board of Education approved a $5.7 billion budget on Wednesday, though Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley said he is sure it will have to be adjusted once the teacher contract is resolved. Despite the uncertainty, the budget had to be approved. State law calls for districts to have a budget in place by 60 days after the end of the fiscal year. CPS’ fiscal year ended June 30.
CPS Board Meeting WTTW: The Chicago Public Schools board approves a budget and a strike contingency plan. How will the new budget affect contract negotiations? Paris Schutz reports.
SCORES ARE IN
Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Despite test gains, ‘we have a long way to go’ Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday basked in the glow of a dramatic increase in high school test scores, but scoffed at the teachers union’s claim that it’s proof Chicago Public Schools don’t need a longer school day and year. ALSO: Mayor again asks pastors for support on school issues WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is again asking religious leaders to support the changes he’s making at Chicago Public Schools.Hundreds of pastors from across the city gathered inside Greater Harvest Church on the South Side this morning for a back-to-school prayer breakfast.Many of them have been
PSAE, ACT scores at Chicago Public Schools Sun-Times: PSAE, ACT scores at Chicago Public Schools. August 22, 2012 2:44AM. Reprints. Search to find Prairie State Achievement Exam and ACT scores for all Chicago Public Schools from 2001-12. . Online Database by Caspio. Click here to load this Caspio Online …
Illinois’ composite ACT scores hold steady at 20.9 WBEZ: Illinois students’ ACT scores have held steady this year. They’re also the highest of the nine states that administer the college entrance exam to all graduating high school students.The state’s composite score for 2012 was 20.9, the same as the year before.
Only the best Tribune (editorial) : Illinois students deserve the most effective teachers. In New York City this year, nearly half the teachers eligible for job-protecting tenure did not get it. Take a moment to absorb that astonishing fact.
Back to school list: things not to say to Latino English teachers White Rhino: Do you teach Spanish? Are you available to translate during report-card pick up?
Special needs kids staying in traditional schools AP: The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren’t always readily open to those requiring special education….
College-Bound Latino Students At New High NPR: More Latino students are enrolling in college now than ever before, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center. But Latinos still lag behind other groups in preparing for and completing college. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the report’s findings with Richard Fry of the Pew Hispanic Center and the College Board’s Jim Montoya.
6 former Illinois education officials face charges AP: Six former education officials from the Chicago area, including a former district superintendent and a Chicago Public Schools administrator, have been charged with corruption, authorities announced Wednesday. Cook County State’s …
Suburban superintendent stole thousands from impoverished schools: prosecutorsSun Times: The former superintendent of the cash-strapped West Harvey-Dixmoor School District 147 was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail Tuesday for allegedly bilking thousands of dollars from the district and spending the money on steak and seafood dinners for his colleagues and trips for their families among other lavish items.
Education Pundits Parse the PDK/Gallup Poll PoliticsK12: A poll released by Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup today reveals that while presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney gets the nod on the topic of public education among those identifying themselves as independents, President Barack Obama takes the lead among respondents overall.