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In the News: Teacher job satisfaction at new low
Job satisfaction among public school teachers is plumbing new lows, according to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. (The New York Times)
The unhappier teachers were more likely to have had increase in average class sizes, and to have experienced layoffs in their district. They also had more students coming to class hungry, and had more families needing help with basic social services. (The Atlantic)
Faced with a dearth of candidates, CPS has for the second time extended the deadline to register to run in next month’s local school council elections. Candidates now have until March 23rd to file. So far, only 2,060 candidates have been recruited for more than 6,800 open seats in the April 18th elections. (Catalyst)
A coalition of 27 organizations from across Chicago had addressed a letter on March 6 to CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard demanding an extension of filing deadline for local school council candidates, Center Square Journal reports. Donald Moore, executive director of Designs for Change and a member of the coalition, finds CPS woefully lacking when it comes to generating awareness of and interest in what he terms “the largest municipal election in the U.S.”
A letter Tuesday from 27 school reform organizations accused Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard of a “personal lack of forceful visible leadership’’ in encouraging LSC candidacy. It asked him to assume “personal responsibility” for successful LSC recruitment and demanded a deadline extension. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
A growing number of "parent unions" are attempting to stake out a place in policy debates over education in states and districts, amid a crowded field of actors and advocates. As the term implies, some of these organizations see themselves as countering the political might of teachers' unions, though others see the labor groups as allies. (Education Week)
Diane Ravitch issues a report card on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and he gets an "F" in every single category: fidelity to the Constitution, doing what's right for children, doing what's right for public education, respecting the limits of federalism, doing what's right for teachers; doing what's right for education.
Efforts to revamp public education are increasingly focused on evaluating teachers using student test scores, but school districts nationwide are only beginning to deal with the practical challenges of implementing those changes. Only an estimated 30 percent of classroom teachers in the U.S. work in grades or subjects covered by state standardized tests. (Wall Street Journal)