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In the News: CPS, SEIU reach tentative pact
Chicago Public Schools and and Service Employees International Union Local 73 announced Sunday that a tentative agreement has been reached between them.
Local 73 leadership will "positively recommend the three-year contract, including job security, to its membership for ratification on June 9," CPS said in a press released that was embargoed until midnight. Local 73 is the second largest union in CPS, representing 5,500 custodians, child welfare attendants, watchmen, special education classroom assistants, children and family benefit liaisons, school bus aides, parent workers, security officers, security aides and security supervisors working in CPS.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers Union on Friday said its members will vote next week on whether to authorize a walkout, the Tribune reported.
Ex-dropouts at Chicago Public Schools win honors in film fest. (Sun-Times)
A University of Chicago fraternity is apologizing for racial insensitivity after two of its members were seen mowing lawns to Latin music while wearing oversized sombreros. (Sun-Times)
IN THE STATE
New web portal encourages Springfield students to read this summer. (State Journal-Register)
IN THE NATION
Financially struggling schools nationwide are increasing the volume of advertising that children see in the halls, at football games and even on their report cards. (USAToday)
Teacher diversity is not keeping pace with the times. (The Oxford Press)
Nearly six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, attention is focusing on a handful of charter schools that were created to be diverse alternatives to the regular public schools in their neighborhoods. (Education Week)
Cities that once depended on manufacturing jobs are finding it hard to compete with already highly educated areas for college graduates, a key ingredient in a transformation. (NYT)