Without having given any mention of during the leadup to the Board meeting (that I know of) earlier this week, CPS announced 1,100 layoffs yesterday. That’s a lot of folks, though much less than last year. Maybe it was a fiscal year thing that everyone knew about but me. Meanwhile, Lewis and Preckwinkle are both mulling mayoral runs. Lewis seems to be trying to goose Preckwinkle to go for it, or maybe she really wants to run herself?
Layoffs of 1,150 teachers, school workers announced Catalyst: Even before releasing next year’s proposed budget, CPS officials announced minimal details Thursday on plans to lay off 550 teachers and another 600 employees, such as clerical support staff and teaching assistants. CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the cuts are directly related to projected declines…
Chicago Public Schools lays off teachers, others MyFox Chicago: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the district is projected to have 1,780 teaching vacancies in the fall, 1,420 of which are full-time slots. She said the teachers given pink slips can apply for positions made available by retirements and transfers.
CPS to Lay Off 550 Teachers, 600 Other Staffers DNAinfo: CTU president Karen Lewis called the layoffs “yet another brutal attack on public education in Chicago,” claiming it continues the “decimation” of neighborhood schools since CPS closed nearly 50 elementary schools it deemed underutilized last year.
More than a thousand teachers teachers and other staff laid off in Chicago WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools officials told 550 teachers and 600 more school staff Thursday that they’re out of a job. The number is significantly smaller than last year’s nearly 3,000 layoffs, which were due mostly to the Board of Education’s decision to close 50 schools.
Preckwinkle faces the glare: Will you run for mayor? Tribune: Still won’t rule out campaign against Rahm Emanuel Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle squinted into the bright lights of the TV cameras lined up in front of her Thursday, searching for each reporter who volleyed her variations of the same question: Will you run for mayor?
Karen Lewis “Seriously” Considering Mayoral Run NBC Chicago: Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis has met with election attorneys and is expected to make a final decision in August about whether she will challenge Rahm Emanuel for Mayor. A source close to Lewis said she’s seriously considering a run.
Quinn signs anti-bullying bill Sun Times: If only a brand-new anti-bullying law had been in place when Mariah Reeves’ torment began several years ago in the sixth grade, she might have been spared depression and suicidal thoughts and hospital stays.
Obama alums join anti teachers union case Politico:He also successfully defended the for-profit public school management company K12 Inc. against a lawsuit brought by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Neighborhood still challenging Lincoln Elem addition, PUSH coalition joins in CPS Obsessed: I had NO idea this Lincoln Elem expansion was still being debated/contested. Even more interesting, Jessie Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH coalition is joining. “Jackson said that kind of spending is part of a pattern: residents in white, wealthier neighborhoods are given more access to better schools, and the concerns of their local school councils are heard.” as reported in the Sun Times.
Oklahoma: Suit Challenges Repeal of Core Curriculum Standards NYT: A group has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed law that repealed Common Core education standards in the state.
Why A Group Of Teachers Protested Outside The Gates Foundation, Ed’s Biggest Charity KPLU: Approximately 150 teachers took those concerns to the foundation’s front door Thursday evening for a rally and a march through Seattle’s downtown streets.
Poll finds Common Core opposition rising EdSource Today: An annual poll of Californians’ views on education contains bad news for teachers unions and for advocates of the Common Core standards, good news for backers of charter schools, mixed news for preschool supporters and a warning for State Superintendent Tom Torlakson in his re-election campaign against Marshall Tuck.
Bill simplifying teacher firings now law EdSource Today: Gov. Brown ended three years of high-decibel battles in the Legislature on Wednesday by signing a bill he helped shape that should make it quicker and easier to fire teachers accused of the most abhorrent forms of misconduct.
Move Over Books: Libraries Let Patrons Check Out The Internet NPR: Libraries in Chicago and New York will soon let people check out Wi-Fi hot spots, but will that actually help bridge the digital divide?
A black man with a college degree is as likely to be working as a white college dropout Box: It’s clear that more education tends to lead to better employment outcomes. Bachelor’s degree holders have a lower unemployment rate than high school graduates, who have a lower unemployment rate than high school dropouts.
A Love Letter to Chicago Public Schools South Side Mom: I love the school where a parent finds free used tennis balls and puts them on the feet of all the chairs in the classroom of a special needs child who is noise-sensitive.
New York Schools Chief Advocates More ‘Balanced Literacy’ NYT: Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants schools to adopt aspects of a method that the Education Department turned away from several years ago.
Tracking the de Blasio administration’s education promises Chalkbeat: Six months ago, Bill de Blasio took control of the largest school district in the country. At the end of his first semester, here’s a recap of what he said he was going to do with it—and what he and Chancellor Fariña have done so far.
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