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In the News: CTU accuses CPS of 'grant fraud'
While the Tribune was reporting that a $35 million federal grant to implement a pilot program for a form of merit pay in Chicago Public Schools is in jeopardy because the teachers union has refused to buy in, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday asked CPS' inspector general to investigate why district officials accepted the grant two years ago requiring union collaboration that it did not receive.
CTU objected to the Teacher Incentive Fund proposal because its members are opposed to merit pay schemes that would link their salaries to standardized test, the union said in a news release issued Thursday evening. Here's more from the CTU release: In an email [Thursday] to CPS Chief Talent Officer Alicia Winkler, who oversaw the project, Lewis once again reiterated her objections to the TIF proposal upon learning CPS was aggressively pitching local reporters a misleading story suggesting she had somehow “caused the district to ‘lose millions of dollars.”’:
“Today I received several phone calls from reporters alleging that CPS is pitching a story about my involvement with the TIF grant,” Lewis wrote. “I am disheartened that CPS chose to go public with this matter, but since you have decided to be extremely disingenuous let us recap the entirety of this issue. This letter does not reflect the depth and breadth of our conversations. You knew when you submitted this grant in 2010, the newly-elected leadership of CTU was philosophically opposed to merit pay, performance pay or whatever euphemism currently in use."
CTU president Karen Lewis says the union told CPS from the get-go that it wouldn’t sign on to any form of merit pay. She said the district is committing "grant fraud," according to WBEZ.
Board members of Youth Connection Charter School have put off a decision to close or restructure Youth Connection Leadership Academy and Howard Area Leadership Academy campuses until the school can negotiate with CPS over performance requirements. (Catalyst)
The number of Chicago teachers retiring this year is getting close to a record-breaking level, WBEZ reports.
So far 1,954 Chicago teachers plan to retire. The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund estimates that number will hit 2,000 before summer ends. That would be a 40 percent jump over last year. The Chicago Principals and Administrators Association says 92 principals and 50 assistant principals also plan to retire this summer.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's star power within the Democratic Party has put a national spotlight on the fight over the future of public schools in Chicago and attracted support from education reform groups eager to see how much change can be effected in a pro-labor city, according to the Tribune.
IN THE STATE
The Illinois Senate narrowly voted Thursday to impose a 5 percent tax on satellite television providers to help public schools. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
Pressure to improve teacher evaluations deepened Thursday, when two separate Los Angeles education groups endorsed the use of student test scores as one measure to review instructors — a controversial element that many unions have fought. (Los Angeles Times)