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No more sink or swim
2 days ago
How one Illinois program aims to train more resilient, longer-lasting teachers
More practical classroom experience could make all the difference for the newest crop of teachers, especially those entering the profession as their first job.
July 13, 2019
Union representing special education aides, bus aides and custodians wins strike authorization
Workers could go on strike as soon as October.
July 12, 2019
Union puts forward contract proposal for thousands of new teaching and support staff, at a cost of $880 million
The union is asking the district to hire nearly 5,000 additional teachers.
Police in schools
July 10, 2019
Five questions for the man training Chicago’s school police
All the 200-some Chicago police who serve in schools or supervise officers will receive training developed specifically for school officers.
July 8, 2019
Not just salaries: Five sticking points between Team Lightfoot and Chicago’s teachers union
Lightfoot offered changes in prep time for teachers and grievance rules, among other areas of contention.
July 8, 2019
Overwhelmed by paperwork, sick of clocking out: As contract talks pick up, Chicago teachers underscore need for respect
The gains and losses of the next contract signed between the union and district officials could be the difference between burning out and staying on another year.
negotiating the negotiations
July 1, 2019
On first day without a contract, Chicago Teachers Union turns up volume
Teachers union officials have gotten louder and more aggressive in threatening a strike in the fall unless negotiations move forward.
June 28, 2019
Biden defends record on busing at Chicago’s Rainbow PUSH convention
The former vice president advocated tripling federal funds awarded schools serving poor children, raising teacher salaries and making pre-kindergarten mandatory.
June 28, 2019
A new school board, a new start
Week in review Ratings shift: The Chicago Board of Education approved changing its controversial school rating scale despite concerns from board members.
June 27, 2019
Chicago moves to lessen discipline for drugs or alcohol in schools
Students caught smoking weed, for example, will no longer face the possibility of expulsion.
June 14, 2019
The birds, the bees and consent: How one Chicago classroom navigates evolving sexual education
More schools are teaching the meaning and practice of consent.
Breaking school-to-prison pipeline
June 12, 2019
Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx floats new proposal to reduce in-school arrests
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office is proposing a diversion program, in which school officers could refer students to a social service agency for support.
June 11, 2019
For one undocumented student in Chicago, graduation marks both hard work and years of uncertainty
Itzayanna is undocumented, and she is graduating into one of the most supportive, and yet one of the most uncertain, times to be an immigrant student.
easing the shortage
June 7, 2019
‘A good start’: There could be some changes coming for Illinois teachers
Seeking to ease a dire teacher shortage, Illinois legislators did away with an entry test, enabled payment to student teachers and allowed retirees to substitute longer.
June 5, 2019
Illinois top educator wants to revamp state testing
The current patchwork of state tests would be replaced them with one coordinated type of measurement.
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