An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.
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I think this is good if it makes it more difficult for people to become teachers as there are so many mediocre teachers already. It is my hope this will inhibit them. Though it might just be more...
that any program that requires just a few days of training isn't all that. IB is this decade's "New Math."
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In the News: Raise Your Hand to take on testing
Raise Your Hand for Illinois Eduction, a group that focuses generally on advocating for more resources and funding for schools, plans to spend some of this year tackling the standardized testing issue.
Chicago Board of Education says it will institute a more convenient registration system for public participation at board meetings, with a new process for advance sign-up that's intended to relieve the public of having to wait in line for hours the day of the meeting. (Press release)
The Tribune editorial board thinks the $25 Walgreen gift card incentive intended to get CPS parents to pick up report cards is an excellent enticement back to the classroom."
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A report, "Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement" offers evidence that students in schools serving high proportions of African American or Latino students are disproportionately exposed to teacher absence. The report comes from the Center for American Progress.
In Georgia, the future of charters, which are publicly financed but privately operated, could be determined Tuesday by a ballot measure that asks voters to amend the State Constitution so that an appointed statewide commission could authorize new schools. (The New York Times)
One out of three middle school and high school classes in the Buffalo Public Schools have 16 or fewer students enrolled – a situation that is costing the district $7 million each year without yielding any clear academic benefits, consultants found in reports released Monday. (The Buffalo News)