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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)