A raft of past programs have failed to substantially improve the reading skills of middle grade and high school students. CPS is trying once again, as part of a federal project that aims to help teens learn how to analyze complex non-fiction.
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In the News: Emanuel gets a lesson from CTU
The Sun-Times says Mayor Emanuel is learning a lesson from teachers in the union contract flap, after two legislative moves he championed—the 75 percent strike authorization threshold and the fact-finding process—both blew up in his face.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday disregarded a fact finder's recommendation that teachers receive a 15 to 20 percent pay bump next year, saying the idea is "not tethered to reality." (WBEZ)
Chicago's teachers could strike a blow for organized labor globally. (The Guardian)
Here's a timeline compiled by the Tribune on CPS/CTU contract talks.
Arbitrator scolds CPS, teachers union for stubbornness as threat of strike looms. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
A federal mediator is assisting Niles Township High School District 219 and its teachers union with settling next year’s contract, according to a joint statement from the two parties. (Lincolnwood Review)
IN THE NATION
Los Angeles Unified and Future Is Now, a reform organization led by charter pioneer Steve Barr, announced a partnership to create "hybrid learning" middle and high schools for the 2013-14 school year. (Los Angeles Daily News)
Educators and advocacy groups across California are eyeing a class-action lawsuit filed by dozens of laid-off Sacramento teachers who say their school district unlawfully deviated from strictly following seniority-based layoffs. (The Sacramento Bee)
The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students' achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. (Daily Reporter)
Representatives from several large suburban districts announced they are forming a coalition to represent the unique needs of the nation's large countywide school systems. (Education Week)