A raft of past programs have failed to substantially improve the reading skills of middle grade and high school students. CPS is trying once again, as part of a federal project that aims to help teens learn how to analyze complex non-fiction.
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In the News: CPS releases principal pay data; momentum builds to restructure teacher education
Chicago Public Schools released data this week showing the base salaries and other benefits of every CPS official with an administrator's certificate. High school and elementary school principals will make an average of $133,000 this year, with 17 earning a top salary of $154,000. Schools are required to post the salary breakdowns on their websites by Dec. 1. (Sun-Times)
Chicago Public Schools released data this week showing the base salaries and other benefits of every CPS official with an administrator's certificate. High school and elementary school principals will make an average of $133,000 this
year, with 17 earning a top salary of $154,000. Schools are required to post the salary breakdowns on their websites by Dec. 1. (Sun-Times)
Mayoral candidate Gery Chico laid out what he called a plan of “bold, innovative reforms” that he would introduce to the Chicago Public Schools. Chico's plan includes: lengthening the school day, increasing school year, providing every student with a laptop, all-day kindergarten, creating more charter, magnet and college prep schools and cutting the central school administration by one-third. Chico said he said has been thinking about these ideas since he was school board president from 1995-2001. (Sun-Times)
Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, delivers the keynote address Wednesday at the Education Action Summit sponsored by the United Way and Park Community Church.
In the state
The Downers Grove District 99 school board approved a $66.7 million dollar levy for the current year on Tuesday night. (Trib Local)
Glenview Public School District 34 anticipates smaller tax levy increase than the 5 percent requested. (Trib Local)
Hinsdale High School District 86 launched its first-ever anti-bullying committee Monday in connection with National Bullying Awareness Week. (Trib Local)
In the nation
Momentum builds to restructure teacher education. (Education Week)
A panel of top educators urges a major revision of teacher training programs. (The Washington Post)
A new report by Russ Whitehurst and the Brookings Brown Center Task Group on Teacher Quality on value-added measures in evaluating teachers acknowledges that value-added scores are far from perfect but demonstrate that they are as good as evaluations of workplace performance in use in other fields and are better than other available measures of teacher performance. "We do not advocate using value-added measures alone when making decisions about hiring, firing, tenure, compensation, placement, or developing teachers, but surely value-added information ought to be in the mix given the empirical evidence that it predicts more about what students will learn from the teachers to which they are assigned than any other source of information," the study authors conclude. (release)