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In the News: CPS denied access to CTU vote materials
The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board Thursday denied a Chicago School Board request for an emergency order that would have forced the Chicago Teachers Union to preserve material from the vote and allow the board and the district access to it.
Teachers at three of Chicago’s community-based Head Start programs have voted to unionize this year with the Service Employees International Union. (Catalyst)
WBEZ reports that GED adult education programs are less available on the city's South and West Sides, where the need is greatest.
During WBEZ's monthly call-in program, "Schools on the Line," CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions on field trips, the school district's promotion policy, and negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union.
At the opening of the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago Thursday, J.B. Pritzker, the venture capitalist and Hyatt Hotels owner, announced that he and his wife have donated $1 million in seed capital to start an early-childhood education initiative. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
Opinion: "The de-professionalization of teaching" in Indiana. (Journal Gazette)
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey finds 1 in 3 students texts while driving. (Education Week)
A study suggests competition from the non-district sponsored charters had a significantly positive effect on student achievement in neighboring public schools. The gains were evident among low-achieving students, and African-American students, in particular. (Education Week)
A teacher at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts gave his address to the Class of 2012 and blasted the students, telling them over and over, “You’re not special.” But there was more to his message. The Washington Post has the full speech.