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.
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In the News: UNO exec quits in wake of Sun-Times report
The No. 2 executive of the United Neighborhood Organization quit Tuesday, eight days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the politically influential charter school operator paid state grant money to companies owned by two of his brothers.
PARENTS HIT BACK: The group Parents 4 Teachers said Tuesday it has filed a complaint against Chicago Public Schools administrators to determine a preliminary list of school closings, according to WBEZ.
PARENTAL PRESSURE: A coalition of parent and community groups called on outside help Tuesday to try to put the brakes on massive school closings, which they fear even large, well-organized opposition won’t be able to stop. (Catalyst)
BRACING FOR 'HIT LIST': In a 1:16-minute video message, CTU President Karen Lewis tells union members to "stand strong" and organize even if their schools aren't on the preliminary closing list—or "hit list" as Lewis calls it— due out this week.
URBAN TARGETS: As community battles against proposed school closings in Chicago continue, the Chicago Teachers Union has issued a press release noting that the pattern of attacks on urban public schools is showing up across the U.S. "The majority of these schools are in cities with large minority populations such as Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland and Washington, D.C. — part of a damaging trend in the targeting of African-Americans and other students and teachers of color," the release said. (Substance News)
IN THE NATION
EDUCATION AGENDA: President Barack Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to significantly expand access to preschool to all 4-year-olds from moderate- and low-income families, and to create a new spin-off of his Race to the Top program aimed at pushing high schools to adopt curricula that better prepare students for the jobs of the future. (Education Week)
TWEETING SOTU: A sampling of tweets shows how President Obama's State of the Union address went over with educators and education activists. (The Washington Post)