CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.
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In the News: Brizard's job on the line? Some say so
Education and business leaders have told Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard that he'll be blamed by the mayor for the city ending up on the brink of a teachers strike and he may be on his way out, a high-ranking education source told the Tribune.
The Chicago Teachers Union Thursday evening voted to strike on Monday, Sept. 10, the earliest day possible after filing a 10-day strike notice Wednesday but said they would remain at the negotiating table until an agreement is reached.
The Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted unanimously on Thursday for a Sept. 10 strike, union leaders said. Cheering was heard seconds before hundreds of delegates began streaming out of the meeting. “We have done everything that has been asked of us,” CTU President Karen Lewis said. “We do not want to strike, but apparently the board does.” (Catalyst)
Chicago Public School officials responded to the strike date by hammering home the impact of the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years: 350,000 students would be kept from classrooms, 11,000 athletes would be denied varsity sports, and the transcripts and recommendations of 20,000 seniors would be “put on hold,’’ according to the Sun-Times. Also Thursday, CPS officials started reaching out to parents — through letters, text messages, robo-calls and in a “tele-town hall” meeting — to reassure them that their children will be fed, supervised and occupied in the event of a teachers strike.
More than a hundred public schools will stay open if the Chicago Teachers Union decides to go on strike. Chicago public school officials released the details of the backup plan they’ve been working on since June. (WBEZ)
Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a waiver that would allow students to participate in sports if teachers go on strike. (KWQC.com)
IN THE STATE
About 200 elementary school teachers and support staff from Dist. 124 staged a rally in front of Central Junior High School on Thursday afternoon demanding a fair contract. The Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers Local 943 is in negotiation for a new three-year contract. The old contract expired on the last day of school in June. (Evergreen Park Patch)
Having lost millions of dollars in state aid to the upstart Southland College Prep Charter High School, Rich Township High School District 227 is pushing legislation that would cut future losses by changing the formula for funding charter schools. (Southtown Star)
IN THE NATION
Catholic institutions face a complex challenge as the continued growth of charter schools, particularly in urban areas, intensifies the competition for students. (Education Week)
The New York Time is inviting students to submit and share their "back to school" photos.