An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.
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I think this is good if it makes it more difficult for people to become teachers as there are so many mediocre teachers already. It is my hope this will inhibit them. Though it might just be more...
that any program that requires just a few days of training isn't all that. IB is this decade's "New Math."
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In the News: After School Matters slashes stipends
Students in Chicago's After School Matters program, which supports student participation in after school enrichment programs by providing participants with stipends, will face pay cuts of up to 75 percent this month as a result of funding reductions from Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois.
WBEZ's Linda Lutton found that students who were earning roughly $5 an hour in 2009 will now make about $1.10 an hour, which participants, parents and advocates worry will force students out of participation in a program that has kept them off the streets and engaged in career-forwarding after-school activities.
At the "Stand Up Chicago" coalition protest Monday, police arrested 26 demonstrators, many wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts, who linked arms and sat down in Monroe Street as they chanted "Save our schools, save our homes!" They were ticketed and released. (MSNBC.com)
The 19 Lindblom Math and Science Academy students — freshmen through seniors who are studying Arabic — are on a cultural exchange trip to Qatar. While there, they are looking at water conservation issues in Doha and are putting together a short film about their experience with the help of Alexandra Cousteau, the grand-daughter of legendary environmentalist Jacques Cousteau. (Tribune)
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School parent groups are no longer just about holding the next bake-sale fundraiser. They're about education reform. (Forbes)
A group of education experts at Teachers College at Columbia University is calling for New York state to spend more on education. At a conference on Tuesday, the Campaign for Educational Equity, an institute of the college, will make the case that the state, which spends an average of $18,126 annually per student, should also pay for an array of support services outside the classroom that would cost an additional $4,750 annually for every poor student, or millions more every year. (The New York Times)