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CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.

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Hearings Continue on School Turnaround Plan WBEZ

Public

hearings continue this week on plans to turnaround some low-performing

Chicago schools and close or consolidate others that are under-enrolled.

SIPAAA information available on line and at school Pritzker Blog

Check out how our SIPAAA committee

plans to improve our school.  Your comments are welcomed!

 Time for an elected school board PURE

Talk

is building out in the communities that it's time for an elected school

board and time to take total power of the schools away from the Mayor.

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he disappointed us from time to time, but never on anything major."

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Chicago OLPC Community Meetup Success

OLPC users who share Friendly green computers were tucked

under numerous arms.

CPS Saps My Energy Barking At Kathy

Over the last few days, I've been thinking about what we've gained by

sticking with that decision.

Beer Chicago Teacher man

Which of your teachers would you most want to have a beer

with?

Clinton, Obama, NCLB and the state of the Union Mike Klonsky

Frankly, I can't see any real difference between Clinton's and Obama's

positions on NCLB.

4 comments

Teachers Win wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Residency Requirement Removed

Residency Requirement Removed
Do you know that the house bill 464 ( to remove residency requirement for CPS teachers) is alive again? It has been renamed HB4375 and we need to show our support. It is our duty to make sure our voices are heard. Contact your local representative and senators. The sponsors of the bill are Representatives Marlow Colvin and Sandra Pihos, let's make sure this bill doesn't die this time and that it passess!!

Teachers Win wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Residency Requirement Removed

Do you know that the house bill 464 ( to remove residency requirement for CPS teachers) is alive again? It has been renamed HB4375 and we need to show our support. It is our duty to make sure our voices are heard. Contact your local representative and senators. The sponsors of the bill are Representatives Marlow Colvin and Sandra Pihos, let's make sure this bill doesn't die this time and that it passess!!

in my dreams wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

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oh, i would love to watch. but how would the local media cover the elections? that's were most people would get their info.

Tom wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

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I agree with PURE an elected school board would be a good thing. But I think we have to realize that any elected school board right now would continue to be dominated by Mayor Daley. That could change in the future because Mayor Daley can not live for ever after all.

It would be good to have serious down and out fights on that body that actually reflected the divisions in our city. It would be good to have pro-choice option (charters, contracts, Ren 2010 type deals) Board candidates run against fix what we have candidates and really see where the public is at. It would be good to see candidates argue about whether or not CPS should even have completely seperated gifted schools let alone where they should be located, the School Code by the way does not require them.

It would be good to see a candidate running on a platform that opposes any racial admission preferences and another running to support racial admission preferences. It would be a good thing for a candidate to run supporting more extensive ESL services and here an opposing argument based on the need for children to master English.

It would be good for our schools in the long run to have in the open what now is discussed behind closed doors. Chicago, is one of only two school districts in the State of Illinois that does not have an elected School Board. I also think, the State School Code should be changed to allow citizens of Chicago to vote on School Bond referendums like all other school districts do.

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