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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.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 8:04am

In the News: CTU report cites CPS' broken promises

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Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere. Of course, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett disagreed with the union's findings. (Sun-Times)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:39am

In the News: The race factor in school reform

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Sixty years after the landmark Brown vs Board of Education decision, proponents of the current brand of school reform often call education the “civil rights issue of our time.” But ironically, most of those championing these reforms are white and “face the complexities of using civil rights rhetoric to boost [their] agenda,” writes Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post. 

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:50am

In the News: CPS called 'still separate, still unequal'

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On the 60th anniversary of the famed Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a group gathered Saturday outside a shuttered Chicago public school said the CPS system is "still separate, still unequal." Chicago Teachers Union members and community groups representing the South and West Sides spoke against handing over public school buildings to private operators, and school closings in general. (DNAinfo)

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:21am

In the News: Teachers should approve merit pay: Tribune

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A Chicago Tribune editorial recommends Chicago teachers should consider approving merit pay as they renegotiate their contract this year. The editorial points out that teachers in New York are on the verge of okaying a contract that would give superior teachers bonuses of $7,500 to $20,000 for taking on extra work, including sharing their knowledge and classroom experience by mentoring other teachers.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 1:12pm

Comings & Goings: Okezie-Phillips, principals

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Erica Okezie-Phillips, an education program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is leaving the foundation at the end of May.  Okezie-Phillips, who has been with the foundation for the past seven years, is heading off to Grenada “for a brief adventure before she decides on a new path in her professional career,” reports Sara Slaughter, director of the foundation’s education program. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:55am

Preschool teachers may get more time to meet bilingual requirements

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Preschool teachers in Illinois may get two more years to obtain the required qualifications to teach children who don’t speak English. 

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