Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.
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In the News: CPS' parent liaison resigns
The woman hired by CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard to head the district's family and community engagement efforts has resigned after just seven months on the jobs, the Tribune reports.
The paper called Jamiko Rose's resignation a casualty of the public relations battle over the district's controversial push for school closings, school turnarounds and an extended school day. Rose, a former executive director of an education and social justice nonprofit, was hired to spearhead work with parents and the public during the wholesale restructuring of CPS under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Across the Chicago region, school boards are spending millions of public dollars employing board members' relatives, a practice exacerbated by weak laws, little oversight and limited disclosure about who gets jobs, a Tribune investigation has found.
Catalyst staffers Sarah Karp and Rebecca Harris won National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association this year. Karp won first prize in the Special Interest, Institutional and Trade Publications category. Harris won second prize in the Beat Reporting category for stories on early childhood education. Todd Lighty, Stacy St. Clair, Jodi S. Cohen and Ryan Haggerty of the Tribune won second prize in the Print, Large Market category for their series on campus sexual assaults. Jim Warren, a columnist for the defunct Chicago News Cooperative won first prize for opinion writing.
The Arts Alliance of Illinois is debuting its Arts & Education Exchange, Illinois' first-of-its-kind arts education directory. The free online service connects educators with arts providers to help Illinois students gain exposure to different forms of art and provides teachers with the resources to make that possible. (Press release)
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Schools that get their ground beef from the federal government will now have the option of buying it with or without a product that has been dubbed “pink slime.” Never have schools known whether the ground beef procured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in school lunches contained the ingredient, known in the food industry as “Lean Finely Textured Beef.” (Education Week)
The U.S. Department of Education is ramping up efforts to spur K-12 innovation—though it's still playing catch-up with the private sector. (Education Week)
The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss offer her take on what can be expected from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, chaired by Joel Klein and Condoleezza Rice. The task force was charged, according to the council’s Web site, with “evaluating the U.S. public education system within the context of national security.” Strauss expects the report to say:
"that America doesn’t train teachers well enough, but that Teach for America, somehow, does. (But don’t expect it to explain the contradiction in this position. Teach for America only gives its recruits — college graduates who aren’t interested in careers in education — five weeks of summer training before sending them into some of the country’s most troubled schools. Talk about poor teacher training!)"