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In the News: 500 CPS students to get free CTA rides
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a program that will provide that 500 students spread equally among five high schools with free bus and train rides to school for the first half of the year. It’s part of a program to see if attendance rates are affected by the cost of transit. (WBEZ)
Clemente, Richards, Sullivan, TEAM Englewood and Wells will participate in the program during the first semester of the school year. It is being paid for by a $50,000 donation from local philanthropist and environmental activist Wendy Abrams. Also, all CPS students will have a free ride on CTA buses and trains on Sept. 4, the first day of the school year for most students. Sun-Times Media, the parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times, is picking up the tab. (Tribune)
The CTU answers questions on strike preparations in Contract Bulletin #13.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will be a featured speaker at a town hall meeting titled, “Education Justice: Where Do We Go From Here,” at 6 p.m. Tues., Aug. 28, at Trinity All Nations Church, 9600 S. Vincennes, according to a news release. The event is free and open to the public.
IN THE STATE
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that calls for the creation of an "Enhance Physical Education Task Force," in an effort to improve physical education in schools. (Education Week)
IN THE NATION
D.C. public school students returned to class on Monday in a district where fewer than half of the students are proficient in math and reading and many small and under enrolled schools cannot afford to continue to operate. (The Washington Post)
Three big-city districts—Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York—have terminated federal grants aimed at promoting performance-based compensation plans and professional development for teachers and principals. (Education Week)
New York City education officials said on Monday that a well-regarded culinary organization that recruits professional chefs to prepare school lunches could continue doing so when the new year begins next week. (The New York Times)