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Teacher turnover

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.

In the News: CTU seeks moratorium on closings

Leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to support the call for a moratorium on all school closings, phase-outs, restarts and turnarounds this year, according to a press  release the union sent out Thursday afternoon.

Chicago Public Schools released on Wednesday a preview of the criteria for which it will shut down schools throughout the city. CTU President Karen GJ Lewis said the “CPS’ school actions appear to be an arbitrary real estate plan and not a school improvement plan that will benefit our students.  We have heard the District plans to open 60 new charter operations and it has to get the buildings from somewhere. School closings have a significant negative impact on student learning. These closings destabilize neighborhoods and lead to the layoffs and firing of experienced educators."

During the United Neighborhood Organization Annual Awards Dinner last night, UNO CEO Juan Rangel announced a $70 million school construction program to build new schools in Chicago’s Hispanic communities, where CPS schools are overcrowded. (Hispanically Speaking News)

IN THE NATION
A study by the Fordham Institute offers a comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the power and influence of their state-level unions. In Tier 1, the strongest, the top 10 unions are in Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Washington. The Fordham Institute study assesses teachers unions according to their power and influence across five major areas: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies, and perceived influence. (Indiana Public Media)

New York City public school students will return to classes on Monday morning, but some of them will not go to the buildings they left last week. Forty-four buildings housing 79 schools were severely damaged by the storm, Dennis M. Walcott, chancellor of the city’s Education Department, said Thursday in a news briefing. Students whose classes were held in severely damaged buildings will be relocated to other schools, Walcott said, and some classes may have to be broken up. (The New York Times)

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South Side Collaborative High School Fair
The South Side High School Network is part of Chicago Public School's (CPS) Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE). They will be hosting their inaugural South Side Collaborative High School Fair to provide 7th and 8th grade students and their parents with information about the different high schools in the South Side High School Network. Schools in attendance will be:
Selective Enrollment: Jones College Prep, King College Prep, and South
Shore International College Prep
Magnet: Kenwood Academy
International Baccalaureate: South Shore International College Prep, Hyde Park, and Bronzeville
Military: Chicago Military Academy
Careers to Education (CTE): South Shore International College Prep, Simeon, CVCA, and Dunbar
STEM: CVCA
Neighborhood: Bowen, Hirsch, and Phillips
Charter: Noble Street (Comer), University of Chicago (Woodlawn), and Young Women's Leadership Academy
Small: Daniel Hale Williams Prep School of Medicine
For more information about each type of school, please click on their types above (Selective Enrollment, Neighborhood, etc.). For more information about this event and to register, please visit www.southsidehsnetwork,org.
Where: Apostolic Faith Church (6320 S. Dorchester)
When: November 10, 2012, 9am to 3pm

Bronzeville Speaks III
There are changes happening all around the City of Chicago, particularly regarding schools. It is vital that the communities affected by these changes have a voice and are able to express their priorities and concerns. The Bronzeville Community Action Council and the Chicago Public School's Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) are committed to engaging in meaningful conversation with parents and other community members. For further info on Bronzeville Speaks III or to RSVP (seating is limited, deadline is November 5th), please contact Rachel Willis @773.553-3213 or rdwillis1@cps.edu.
Where: Charles Hayes Center (4859 S. Wabash)
When: November 8, 2012, 6-8pm

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