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In the News: Longer day could drive out teachers
One education advocate believes that Mayor Emanuel's drive to lengthen the school day "is going to create a situation where more and more teachers are going to leave Chicago over time.”
That's the believe expressed by Don Moore, executive director of Designs for Change, which aims to improve urban public schools. But Mary Anderson, executive director of Illinois’ Stand for Children, thinks otherwise. She said extending the school day will provide more opportunities for teachers to prepare lesson plans and collaborate with other teachers, among more advantages. (Progress Illinois)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, co-chair of the NATO host committee, announced this week that CPS students will get a specialized curriculum, complete with lesson plans, in the first week of May to correlate with the NATO summit May 20-21. Representatives from NATO and the State Department will also be visiting schools across the city and sharing insights and experiences. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
Some part-time or non-tenured teachers will be given pink slips this spring following a Wednesday night vote by the Wheaton Warrenville District 200 school board. (Trib Local)
IN THE NATION
A pair of bills championed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, which he is expected to sign into law, will expand a state-run private-school-voucher program beyond New Orleans to other academically struggling schools around the state, give superintendents and principals direct control over personnel decisions, and set much higher standards for awarding teachers tenure. (Education Week)
A policy paper released Tuesday discusses how Illinois changed its laws in 2008 to provide its state-funded preschoolers with English-Language learner services, leading to new rules concerning teacher preparation and classroom instruction that are to be implemented by 2014, according to the report. The report describes Illinois' approach as "cutting edge," noting that "no other state has gone this far in implementing a comprehensive plan for educating English-Language learners in state-funded pre-K." (Education Week)
A grand jury on Thursday indicted the founder and chief executive of a troubled network of charter high schools in Brooklyn on 11 felony counts, including tax fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records. (The New York Times)
D.C. Public Schools central office gets low grades for work environment, job satisfaction. (The Washington Post)
Sixty-seven educators accused of cheating in Atlanta Public Schools lost their certification to work in a classroom Thursday. (Atlantic Journal Constitution)