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Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

In the News: CTU delegates OK 10-day strike notice

During a meeting at Lane Tech High School on Wednesday, delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union gave its president the go-ahead to issue a 10-day strike notice at her discretion. Contract negotiations have been slow-moving and major proposals have yet to be resolved, CTU said in a news release.

In an indication the compromise over the longer day did little to appease teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Wednesday gave their president the OK to issue a 10-day walkout notice at any time. “It says a lot about how our members feel and where they are right now,” said CTU president Karen Lewis. “They feel totally disrespected by how (the longer day) has been rolled out.” (Tribune)

Chicago Teachers Union officials Wednesday charged that nine months of contract negotiations have only produced “very limited progress’’ and so far, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer school day is not a better school day.

Teachers picketed outside a district office Wednesday in the shadow of a giant inflatable rat as school board members inside authorized spending $25 million in the event of the first Chicago teacher strike in a quarter-century. (AP)

Recess is back at Chicago Public Schools. (WBEZ)

Chicago Public School students will have more time this school year to use reduced fare transit cards to match their new longer school day. The Chicago Transit Authority says students can now use their discount from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. — a half an hour longer than last year. (WBEZ)

Six former education officials from the Chicago area, including a former district superintendent and a Chicago Public Schools administrator, have been charged with corruption, authorities announced Wednesday. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The mobile classrooms used at schools across Elgin Area School District U-46 in the 2008-2009 school year were in average or good condition compared to those used at other schools around the country, a school facilities expert said during the continuation of a federal bias trial against the district. (Daily Herald)

Retirements and one school closure spurred a string of changes in top spots at Springfield School District elementary and middle schools for the 2012-13 school year. (Journal-Register)

A new poll shows strong support for the nation’s teachers – and the need to train them more rigorously – but a frustration with the nation’s schools overall. The Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools released Wednesday also shows strong support for charter schools, but opposition to voucher programs or providing free public education to the children of illegal immigrants. (

Independents favor Mitt Romney slightly over President Barack Obama on education in the latest PDK/Gallup poll—but among all respondents, the president gets the nod. (Education Week)

The New York Times provides a link to a video library of great teaching in D.C. Public Schools. As much as showing the content of the classes, the videos help teachers identify techniques for organizing a lesson or eliciting sophisticated questions from students.


Danny V wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The difference between what the Board says and does

In the news wrap-up Cassandra West repeats this line from the Tribune story: "In an indication the compromise over the longer day did little to appease teachers..."

That needs a little clarification. I'm sure that when Union officers consented to the interim agreement, they did so in good faith. Since Track E schools started, however, there have been numerous reports made to the Union that administrators at many schools are simply not living up to the spirit of the agreement.

Despite official CPS pronouncements that all is running smoothly, mny teachers and support personnel report that implementing the Longer School Day has been chaotic. An aide being left to supervise 90 children alone; principals refusing to hire from the pool as directed; principals imposing untenable workplace schedules (teacher lunch scheduled at 8:25 a.m.)--all these are indicators that there is an enormous gap between what the Board agreed and what is happening in actual practice.

This, and not appeasement, is the source of teacher and paraprofessional frustrations.

urbanteach wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Found 25 million bucks???

It amazes me how the board of ed can "find" 25 million dollars for a contingency plan but cant "find" that money for textbooks and supplies or needed building repairs.

They continue in their naivety to think that teachers are suckers and parents are dumb.

The Board can't purport to want community/parent involvement and then recoil when that support is not aimed at the board... bravo to the good folks at Social Justice High School in Little Village! Showing them what "justice" looks like!

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