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Teacher turnover

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.

Catalyst Notebook

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 11:35pm

Peace march closes out the school year


As the school year draws to an end and with violence
traditionally getting worse during summer, more than 1,000 students took to the
streets last week. They chanted: "Hands up. Guns down. Stand up

The Peace March was organized by two Perspectives Charter
Schools students, Razia Hutchinson and Janeya Cunningham.

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 7:44am

In the News: New teacher union dissidents try to turn the tide


The Boston Globe looks the "new face of teachers unions" as opposition candidates in local unions across the country prevail over union insiders, pointing to the union revitalization model championed by reformers that has been on display in Chicago since the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, took over the leadership of the 26,000-member Chicago Teachers Union. (The Boston Globe)

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:10am

Early childhood providers awarded capital funds


CPS recently awarded nearly $4.6 million in grants to 10 early childhood learning providers that are seeking to expand or enhance their facilities and serve more children, from birth to age 5.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:23am

In the News: CPS shares in $1 million STEM grant


Chicago Public Schools is one of seven nationwide school districts that will share a $1 million competitive grant through the US2020 City Competition. The competition challenges school districts across the country to develop innovative models that will increase the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals working with students and STEM education opportunities for girls, minority students and children from low-income families. Cisco Systems sponsors the competition. (Northwestern News)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:47am

In the News: Strict reporting on discipline targets racial disparities

Tags: discipline

Students from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, known as VOYCE, gathered Tuesday with other activists to celebrate passage of a bill that for the first time requires all schools, including charters, to publicly report school discipline data and requires districts that are in the top 20 percent in the use of suspensions and expulsion to submit an improvement plan to the state.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:29am

Community collaboratives to test new models for early childhood programs


From opening “pop-up” preschools in Cicero to building new partnerships with existing service agencies, teams of parents, educators and health care providers are developing locally-based projects to improve access to early childhood education in the communities that most need it.

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