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.
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George I just fear that soon all of the TEACHERS who were born before 1992 will soon be put in ROOM 101 !!
Do you realize that most schools have computers that are often 5 plus years old. It isn't because they want old computers. they haven't had a budget to improve them for years. Most schols have ONE...
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In the News: CPS to tap TIF funds for physical ed, arts
Chicago Public Schools said it will tap into $21.5 million in surplus tax increment financing funds to hire extra teachers for arts and daily physical education classes.
Last week, the financially strapped district announced that it planned to finally comply with state requirements for daily physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade. Now officials say TIF money allocated by the city in November will be used to pay for 84 physical education teachers and 84 art teachers for schools in need. (Tribune)
TEACHERS, PARENTS GALVANIZED: A proposal to eliminate class-size restrictions for special education students has galvanized the state’s teachers unions and parents who are concerned that those students will be dumped into larger classes with fewer staff or staff ill-equipped to serve them. (Sun-Times)
CHARTER CHEERLEADING: The Tribune has another editorial calling for the expansion of charter schools, saying parents want them and "there aren't enough of them in Chicago."
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TURNING TO THE PUBLIC: Crowdfunding — an increasingly popular way of using the Internet to raise money for everything from starting a company to adopting a baby — is slowly taking root in Houston-area schools. (News-Journal)