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In the News: Arbitrator's report could strengthen CTU
An arbitrator's recommendation that Chicago teachers get raises starting at nearly 15 percent gives union officials additional leverage and could embolden them to press harder on nonmonetary issues, said experts in education and labor Monday, the Tribune reported.
At a media briefing on Monday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis accused CPS of improperly leaking the results of a fact-finding report to the press. (Catalyst)
Edwin Howard Benn, a Glencoe attorney and the arbitrator in talks between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools, has a long history of mediating disputes involving all kinds of employees, including police, firefighters, transit workers, hockey players, fight attendants and electricians. (Sun-Times)
Scores on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test inched up in the 2011-2012 school year, but less than in previous years, while the administration’s signature initiative to lengthen the school day showed little impact. (Catalyst)
The University of Illinois will offer seven free online courses this fall, in subjects including organic chemistry, microeconomics and programming for smartphones. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
Springfield students at 17 schools in the Springfield School District and at one Catholic school will receive more fresh fruit and vegetables after being selected to participate in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
IN THE NATION
New data on teacher absenteeism is causing schools to re-examine their use of substitute teachers. (Education Week)
More than 35 complaints have been filed with the U.S. Department of Education against Detroit Public Schools, accusing the district of a range of failures, from not meeting the educational needs of bilingual students to pulling effective principals out of buildings. (The Detroit News)