Today’s news roundup includes today’s CPS/ CTU meeting (and an account of what JCB did during the strike), plus some more information about contract details (25 percent increases for some teachers), new gang data (younger, more fluid), and some reports about Clemente, CPL, and tests in kindergarten.
BRIZARD / EMANUEL
School board meets with Chicago Teachers Union as Brizard defends his low … ABC7: The Chicago school board will meet Tuesday morning for the first time since classes resumed after the Chicago Teachers Union suspended its strike. The agenda does not mention the new teacher’s contract.
Jean-Claude Brizard, Chicago Schools CEO, Was Nearly Invisible During … Huffington Post: But the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, was nearly invisible. As the strike began, Brizard had just come off a shaky performance review that so reverberated around Chicago that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had felt compelled to publicly voice …
Expect more union-busting tactics from Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times: It’s obvious why Mayor Rahm Emanuel is airing boastful commercials that you correctly term “a poke in the eye” of the Chicago Teachers Union. He is trying to rehabilitate himself with the public that overwhelmingly supported the striking union — while …
Public Strikes Explained: Why There Aren’t More of Them Stateline: Teachers walk a picket line during their seven-day strike against the Chicago Public Schools in September. (Getty). The recent seven-day teacher strike in Chicago captured the nation’s attention for a host of reasons: the high-profile personalities.
“Steps” and “lanes” boost Chicago teacher salaries again in new agreement Tribune: Education reform advocate Robin Steans said CPS eventually had to choose between improving teacher quality through a new evaluation system and other measures or overhauling the way it pays teachers.
Chicago Strike Settlement Will Cost Many Teachers Their Jobs Bloomberg News: “If you look at the contract language, both sides got important stuff,” said Linda Lenz, publisher of Catalyst Chicago, a newsmagazine that has followed school-improvement efforts in the city’s schools since 1990. “But paying for this is going to be hugely painful.”
In Chicago, gangs abound, but where are they? WBEZ: A cursory look at the map reveals that gang territories appear to span all over the city’s South and West Sides, but also show up in pockets on the North Side. Also, according to the map, a territory can be as small as a city block, or as large as an entire police district or neighborhood.
The New Face Of Chicago Gang Violence Progress IL: There are changes in what constitutes a gang and how gangs use violence. Gangs are not just more splintered, their leadership is increasingly younger and more fluid.
SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS
Clemente FOIA: Show Us The Paper Trail: Beachwood Reporter (Matt Farmer) via M. Klonsky: Authorization by IBO is a multi-step, multi-year process. CPS will need to show IBO that CPS and the Clemente staff have their ducks in a row — specifically, that they’ve complied with IBO’s requirements and can demonstrate that the ongoing Clemente program warrants IBO’s final stamp of approval.
Fired coach who wrote racy sex book sues district for $1 million Sun Times: The former Rich Central High School basketball coach and guidance counselor who was fired after writing a racy self-help book containing graphic opinions on sex and women is suing the district for $1 million, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated.
Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam Tribune: Formal tests give a narrow picture of a child’s ability, said Samuel Meisels, president of the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in Chicago focused on child development. He urges teachers instead to assess young children by observing them over time.
High School Dropout Shares His Story WTTW: As Chicago Public Schools get back to business following the strike, many still face daunting challenges — including a staggering dropout rate in some high schools. One recent dropout tells us why he felt he couldn’t stay in school.
Legislators generous with scholarships before start of ban Tribune: Even as the troubled legislative scholarship program was on its last legs, state lawmakers continued to make questionable choices, a Tribune analysis found.
Whitney Young/Dunbar Brawl Leads to Suspensions CPL Blog: During the Whitney Young vs Dunbar game last Sunday a brawl occured that marred the game. Here is an account of what happened according to a fan: