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A choice between two lousy alternatives. Neither one has children's best interests at heart. But we can't fault them for that...the job of a Union boss is singular: protect members' jobs and...
Thank goodness Ms. Lewis won again. It shows that the teachers understand that the attacks on them and their profession is real.
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In the News: Feds press IL on teacher evaluation rollout
Federal officials are pressuring Illinois to speed up the rollout of a controversial evaluation system that will rate teachers in part on how their students perform, records obtained by the Tribune show.
But the state is balking, creating a standoff with the federal government that could derail broader education reforms and lead to other troubling repercussions. The stalemate reveals the tension between states such as Illinois and federal officials over who is in charge of reforming the nation's public schools, and on what timetable.
A summer writing institute for adolescent black males based at the University of Illinois at Chicago is advancing literacy around the country through two curricula based on it. Scholastic, Inc. recently launched "On the Record," a middle-school school curriculum by Alfred Tatum, director of the UIC Reading Clinic. Last year, Scholastic published Tatum's "ID," a writing curriculum for high school. Catalyst wrote about the program last year.
IN THE STATE
Two districts — Glenbard High School District 87 and Naperville Unit District 203 — provide prime examples of the secrecy surrounding the comings and goings of many top school administrators who oversee the education of thousands of children and millions of dollars in local tax money. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
NEA officials said the union has lost more than 100,000 teachers and education support personnel since 2010, and it projects that it will lose even more in the future. By the end of its 2013-14 budget, NEA expects it will have lost 308,000 members and experienced a decline in revenue projected at some $65 million in all since 2010. Also: The NEA aims to remake its image, help re-elect Obama. (Education Week)
After school programs are key to boosting STEM education, professionals say. (U.S.News & World Report)
Illinois preserves teacher-test cutoff score. (Education Week)
Union leaders plan to meet this week to consider options after the state-appointed emergency financial manager running the Detroit Public Schools imposed a contract on the district's teachers. (The Detroit News)
A judge has ruled that a private company cannot open the first online charter school in North Carolina this fall unless it has the approval of the state board. The state board did not respond to the company's application for final approval, saying it would not consider any online charter schools applications for 2012-13. (Huffington Post)
Ohio Gov. Kasich signs Cleveland school "reform" plan into law. (Plain Dealer)