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The real question relating to Chairman Meeks and any new voucher or charter bill in the General Assembly relates to communities outside of the City. The last voucher bill which was very narrowly...
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In the News: 3 teachers sue CPS for discrimination
Three Chicago Public Schools teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit saying that the district's process for "turnaround" schools is racially discriminatory because it targets West and South side campuses with a higher percentage of African-American teachers and staff, the Tribune reports.
The Sun-Times also has the lawsuit story, noting that Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said in an email, “We have not seen the lawsuit and cannot provide comment until we have reviewed the allegations.”
Chicago’s Department of Public Health wants to bring mobile eye examinations to students in the city's public school system. Illinois state law requires annual vision screenings for many students in public, private and parochial schools, including Pre-K, kindergarten, second, eighth grade, and all special education students. (WBEZ)
Negotiating teams in West Chicago Elementary District 33 are scheduled to return to the bargaining table Jan. 3 and 4 — just days before teachers legally will be allowed to strike. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
Two 36-year-old educators who are identical twins are sharing the job of principal at Oakland's Claremont Middle School this year. (The San Francisco Chronicle)
College students, who have often protested over cafeteria food, dorm life and tuition increases, have begun to object to collegiate marketing campaigns. (The New York Times)