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In the News: CPS strike contingency plans in disarray

With a possible teachers strike just five days away, Chicago Public Schools parents are being given only a sparse outline of the district's plan for students if there is a walkout, the Tribune reports.

CPS officials want parents to enroll their children in district-sponsored programs in advance of a strike but have yet to release any information about the enrollment process. The district has not disclosed which 144 schools they intend to keep open for half-day sessions during a strike or said how the facilities will be staffed. It's also unclear whether there will be space for all the students who might turn to the district's programs.

"I need to finish this," CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard says of teacher contract talks. (Sun-Times)

Days away from a possible teachers strike in Chicago, the head of a national teachers union told a group of Illinois delegates meeting at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday that “the teachers of Chicago feel deeply disrespected and deeply disenfranchised.” (Sun-Times)

IN THE STATE
The state's child welfare agency says West Aurora school district officials violated state law when they did not immediately report an allegation in 2010 that a band director had an inappropriate encounter with a student. (Tribune)

IN THE NATION
High-performing D.C. public school teachers who work in high-poverty schools will be able to accelerate through the pay scale to reach top compensation levels more quickly under a “career ladder” announced Tuesday. (The Washington Post)

Suits challenge classrooms that segregate boys and girls. (The Wall Street Journal)

Public efforts toward school reform have some Democrats questioning the party's support of guarantees that school districts have made to teachers for decades. (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Unified administrators are optimistic they can reach agreement with district officials over a new performance review system in compliance with court-ordered deadlines, according to legal papers filed Wednesday. (Los Angeles Times)

Republican threats to education spending were consistent themes for governors and other high-profile speakers on Tuesday's first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Education Week)

3 comments

MBA wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Why isn't anyone else getting this......

CPS complains it has no money for teachers and students but it has $25,000,000 to waste on a contigency plan for a strike. Jean-Fraud could save 25 million just making some deals at the bargaining table. If only he would show up.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

See what I'm saying?

In previous posts, I said the leadership challenges throughout the various levels of CPS administration, which have been present for years (I worked at CPS for over a decade) are nothing new. Now, we are 5 -count 'em - 5 days away from the possibility of an educational emergency (teachers strike) and these highly paid CPS adminstrators don't have a comprehensive contingency plan in place? Seriously? Really? Flash in the pan, no substance. Sad thing is, I'm not surprised. And you know who suffers for this inept leadership? The children. And that is just plain wrong.

Don wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

25 million

The money hasn't been spent. I likely won't be spent without a long strike.

I'm not sure why you would believe JC is the major decision maker. Or why the CEO of a school with almost a half million students and employees would sit in a room discussing points that need to be reviewed by a committee not in the room.

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