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In the News: CPS announces new ethics training
In the wake of a gifts scandal inside the Chicago Public Schools food services department, official said Monday that employees who oversee vendor contracts will begin a new round of training to reaffirm the district's code of ethics, according the Tribune.
As the complaints from the public and especially parents get louder over CPS' longer school day plan, a Sun-Times editorial says the plan "has too many holes."
Members of the Advance Illinois Educator Advisory Council met with a federal “teacher ambassador” on Tuesday to give feedback on a 12-page draft proposal for the RESPECT Project, a proposed $5 billion grant program for states and districts that aims to sever the links between teacher pay and years of service and broadly restructure the teaching profession. (Catalyst)
NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is pushing students on Chicago's South Side to become scientists and engineers while perfecting their jump shots. Abdul-Jabbar joined Gov. Pat Quinn at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School on Sunday to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (WBEZ)
IN THE STATE
The Elgin Area School District U-46 board on Monday approved layoffs of 178 employees, including 77 teachers. (Daily Herald)
A sixth-grade social science and language arts teacher at Naperville’s Lincoln Junior High School was named the Illinois Education Association’s Teacher of the Year this week in Chicago. Josh Stumpenhorst already had been named the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher of the Year last fall. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
According to a study released Monday, 1 in 4 Americans don't complete high school. The national graduation rate increased by 3.5 percentage points between 2001 and 2009, the report found. Only one state, Wisconsin, has reached the 90 percent plateau. If every state had a graduation rate of 90 percent or better, 580,000 additional students would have graduated in the class of 2011, increasing the gross domestic product by $6.6 billion and generating $1.8 billion in additional revenue as a result of increased economic activity, the report estimates. (Tribune)
A bill passed by the Wisconsin Legislature would require the state Department of Public Instruction to make “teacher performance and the evaluation of teacher education programs” available to the public beginning in the 2013-14 school year. And for 2014-15, teacher and principal evaluations would be based 50 percent on student performance and 50 percent on standards in areas like planning and classroom environment. (Journal Times)
AT&T announced Monday it will pour $250 million into programs to promote high school graduation and career readiness over the next five years. (Education Week)
The nation’s security and economic prosperity are at risk if schools do not improve, warns a report by a panel led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Joel I. Klein, a former chancellor of New York City’s school system. The report also recommends more charter schools, something Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the panel, said have not proved to be sustainable or to improve schools. (The New York Times)