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Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

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."

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)


Open Meeting Act wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Board rules

The new Board meeting sign up procedure is causing some confusion.

There is *no requirement* that people sign up to *attend* the meeting. People are being asked to register only if they wish to speak. Apparently if you want a seat in the Board chambers, sign up is requested.

The Illinois Open Meetings Act doesn't permit the Board to deny attendance to someone just because he/she did not register in advance.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Another Scandal at Prosser Career Academy High School

Another day and another scandal at Prosser Career Academy High School, this one came a few months after the football hazing scandal and details are now leaking out.

This scandal happened in December, 2011 and involved two Prosser coaches (Darren Thurman and Danzel 'Pops' Scott) and a female freshman student. And, DCFS did an nvestigation because the female was a ward of the state. Neither coach had any type of teaching or coaching certification to coach throughout CPS. Also, Thurman was put on the CPS 'Do Not Hire' list and is also a Army recruiter In Chicago.

Both coaches were fired after one coach verbally and physically harassed the freshman female student. The female student reported the incident to Prosser security and her guardian. And Principal Kenneth Hunter fired both coaches and cancelled the entire wrestling program in the early months of the 2011-12 season.

One of the wrestling coaches (Thurman) fired was also a defensive coordinator on the Prosser varsity football team in 2011. Hunter had lauded this coach as an improvement over previous coaches at Prosser.

What's known is both of the coaches were uncertified, African American, hired by Hunter, Prosser alums, and are in their early to mid 20's.

As per usual, it appears Prosser Principal Hunter didn't notify CPS, Calvin Davis, or the Chicago Police about the scandal.

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