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I disagree about UP working longer hours. I worked in a CPS school that co-shared a building with UP. Our start and end times were staggered, but we worked virtually the same number of hours....
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In the News: School to vote Wed. on $5.73B budget
Because it's required to have a spending plan in place by the end of August, the Chicago Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a $5.73 billion budget.
But the budget, which includes a 2 percent raise for teachers, could change significantly in the coming weeks as contract talks between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union drag on. (Tribune)
The Chicago Teachers Union said in a news release that it obtained a confidential email that encourages principals to closely monitor school employees for union activity. All Union activity is protected under federal and state law. The communication was written and distributed by Chicago Public School officials as a pre-cursor to a strike. The email told principals to look for and report work slowdowns, temporary or intermittent walkout or sit-downs, refusals to perform assigned duties and "other actions that undermine supervisory authority and deleteriously affect the missions and goals of the Chicago public school system."
The Chicago Teachers Union on Monday morning kicked off what it says will be a week of informational picketing at schools, while Chicago Public Schools also began ramping up preparations for a potential teachers strike. (WBEZ)
Chicago Teachers Union members Monday began informational picketing outside Chicago public schools already in session as they pressed for a resolution to contract talks before most students start classes Sept. 4. (Sun-Times)
IN THE STATE
Seven of the top 10 elementary schools in DuPage County are District 181 schools, according to Chicago Magazine's "Best Public Schools 2012" list, and Hinsdale Central is No. 1 among high schools. (Patch.com)
IN THE NATION
Aspiring public-school teachers who have a college degree and some nontraditional K-12 teaching experience may pursue a new track to become a licensed educator in Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction announced Monday in a move praised by Gov. Scott Walker but questioned by some leaders of the state's formal education schools. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Students from families earning $40,000-$59,000 annually are graduating with $6,000 more debt than students whose families make less than $40,000, according to a paper presented at the American Sociological Association in Denver. (Education Week)
A state bill to enhance teacher evaluations won’t necessarily pass federal muster and bring a bonanza of federal dollars to California, a spokesman for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. (Los Angeles Times)