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In the News: CPS pays millions for unused time off
Cash-strapped though it is, Chicago Public Schools spends tens of millions of dollars annually to departing employees for unused time off, the Sun-Times reports.
Since 2006, the district paid a total $265 million to employees for unused sick and vacation days, according to an analysis of payroll and benefit data obtained by the Better Government Association under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Beneficiaries included former schools CEO Arne Duncan, now U.S. Secretary of Education, who received $50,297 for unused vacation time when he left in January 2009, according to the data.
During February's installment of WBEZ's "Schools on the Line," Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about the longer school day, paid protesters, and just when school might begin next fall. Brizard gave his most extensive comments to date regarding media reports of protesters who say they were paid by pastors to attend hearings on school closings.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named veteran higher education executive Paula Wolff board chairman of Chicago City Colleges. (Sun-Times)
IN THE STATE
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty senate passed a resolution Monday stating that university President Michael Hogan "tolerated and participated in" a "culture of leaked documents, suspicion and intimidation" to undermine and manipulate faculty input. (Tribune)
IN THE NATION
The flow of venture capital into the K-12 education market has exploded over the past year, reaching its highest transaction values in a decade in 2011, industry observers say. They attribute that rise to such factors as a heightened interest in educational technology; the decreasing cost of electronic devices such as tablet computers, laptops, netbooks, and mobile devices; and the movement toward standardization of curriculum through the Common Core State Standards. (Education Week)
Ellen DeGeneres just hosted on her television show a teacher from a Pennsylvania public school district that ran out of money — prompting unionized teachers to vote to work without pay — and handed her a $100,000 check for her school. (The Washington Post)
The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating a complaint that Harvard and Princeton universities discriminates against Asian-Americans, according to a report filed Thursday by veteran higher-ed reporter Daniel Golden at Bloomberg. (The Washington Post)