It’s grab-bag Wednesday (also a Board meeting/CTU protest day), with stories about NCLB, property taxes, cuts, closings, and a lesbian prom king at Lane Tech.
Does Arne Duncan’s NCLB Waiver Decision Open the Door for Illinois? EdWeek: The problem that remains for Illinois is year 2015-16. Under its law, that’s still a transitional year for schools and not all schools will be using the new teacher-evaluation system. But under the federal waiver requirements, all schools need to be using the new system that year—just not for personnel decisions under Duncan’s timeline shift
Chicago public school property taxes going up Tribune: Property taxes for Chicago Public Schools will rise on bills that come out next week, but the rates paid by city homeowners still will be lower than in all but a few suburbs, new data obtained by the Tribune show.
Mayor to propose school safety zone ordinance ABC7: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommends the school district hire 600 additional safe passage workers to expand the safe passage program. The Chicago Board of Education will vote on that Wednesday morning. Members of the Chicago Teacher’s Union …
Mayor Emanuel blames Legislature’s inaction on pensions for school budget cuts Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday blamed the Legislature’s failure to grant pension relief to the Chicago Public Schools and resolve the pension crisis for devastating school budget cuts that threaten the enrichment programs he touted as cornerstones of his longer school day. “Your own paper and you have written about the fact that we have deferred choices for years and that this day of reckoning …
How education schools can turn out better teachers Tribune: College students who aspire to be teachers often graduate from teacher prep programs unprepared to run a classroom effectively. That takes a toll on their health and happiness and on their students’ academic performance.
Kenwood Academy Loses $1.2 Million From Budget as Enrollment Spikes DNAI: Principal Gregory Jones will cut three teaching jobs though the school will be over capacity next year.