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Is CPS boss Huberman taking sides in a union election? « Fred ...
By preaprez
This is a not only a breach of past practice, it is a clear violation of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board prohibitions against Unfair Labor Practices. It's also unconstitutional. from
teacher unions. No comments yet ...

Teachers to Chicago Public Schools: Stop the threats
Chicago Sun-Times
CTU President Marilyn Stewart charged that Huberman was "making a bad budget ... "We will do everything we can to help the Chicago Public Schools find a way

Coming to Chicago schools: 37 students in a class   Catalyst
In a presentation to principals and chief area officers, CEO Ron Huberman gives details on budget cuts that include raising class sizes and slashing money for charters and magnet schools. Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn says schools across the state will suffer unless legislators raise the state income tax to 4 percent from 3 percent.

Huberman warns of 37-student class sizes  Chicago Sun-Times
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporter Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman ... She added that CTU President Marilyn Stewart has previously said “there will be no ...

120 buses for immigration reform

Posted: 17 Mar 2010 02:34 PM PDT

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights released an amazing list of over 100 area organizations – ethnic and community groups, union locals, churches and mosques, colleges and high schools from throughout the metropolitan region – each of which is sponsoring at least one bus to the March 21 March For America in support of immigration reform.

Work with teachers, don't fire them   CNN
Or take a look at the Chicago Public Schools, where former CEO Arne Duncan, now US secretary of education, closed many schools. There's been little change

Huberman suspends union campaigns at Chicago schools  Chicago Tribune
By Azam Ahmed, Tribune reporter Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman is suspending all union campaign events from being held at school buildings, ..,CST-EDT-vox12.article  (Arlene’s letter published.)

Teachers union pushing again for end to Chicago residency rule Posted By John ...
Catalyst Chicago
Residency requirements for Chicago teachers are back on the Springfield agenda, this time with an unlikely sponsor. State Sen. Heather Steans says she was

Stand Firm | [Off Topic] Building a Better Teacher by Stand Firm
The labor pool was especially shallow in cities, which, abandoned by the middle class, faced perpetual teacher shortages. Nancy Slavin, the head of teacher recruitment for the Chicago public schools, described to me a phone call in 2001 ..    Check out Slavin’s quote!

Valerie Strauss v. me on tests  Washington Post (blog)
The standardized test results I have seen over the last 30 years seem to conform with what I would expect from what I know of the quality of the teaching ...


On Obama (and Jay Mathews) and teacher accountability Washington Post (blog)
Our standardized tests are rudimentary assessments, still. They are nowhere near sophisticated enough -- if indeed any single test can be -- to be used as a ...

Blame the Teacher Syndrome: A Misguided Education Policy
Dissident Voice
... of George W. Bush) was nothing more nor less than a prescription for blaming teachers and opening the door to the privatization of public education. .. Changes to No Child Left Behind Welcomed, Scorned
Produced by Linda Lutton on Monday, March 15, 2010


Special ed student gives up on CPS  Chicago Tribune
After waiting more than a month for Chicago Public Schools to provide him with federally mandated bus service to Fenger, the teen gave up Friday and decided


Lutton interviews AUSL Feinstein …


$1 Billion Chicago School Scam


Administration Unveils ESEA Renewal Blueprint
Education Week News
While the chief executive officer of the Chicago school system, he fought regularly—and publicly—with the Education Department during the Bush ..

Schools are more anxious than usual this year  Chicago Tribune
By law, every district except Chicago must notify teachers 60 days before the school year ends whether their jobs might be eliminated. .

Pension pressure on taxpayers builds   Chicago Tribune
An influential group of Chicago business leaders last week offered support for Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to boost corporate taxes 21 percent. ...

Taking a Look at Poverty From an Affluent Suburb / Chicago News ...
He practiced law in Boston and Los Angeles before entering academic administration with posts at Harvard Law School and the University of New Hampshire. Upon arriving at Elmhurst in 2008, he learned that although DuPage County has a ..

Obama plan flaw: achievement gap
Washington Post (blog)
He screwed up Chicago, now he's screwing up the world (yes, this will have a global impact). Look what happened to Renaissance 2010! It failed in Chicago,

Obama spearheads nationwide assault on public schools  World Socialist Web Site
A supporter of school privatization and long-time opponent of government social programs, Gingrich has been paired with Education Secretary Duncan and Al

Obama's Plan for Education Reform: Short on Specifics, So Far

Furniture, Books Dumped Outside School

These desks were found lying in a pile in the parking lot of Palmer Elementary School, 5055 W. Palmer St., along with chairs and textbooks. School officials say it's housecleaning and maintenance.
Source: CBS

The day before the Chicago Public Schools are supposed to begin, there was a shocking sight at one Northwest Side school. CBS 2's Mai Martinez reports on why CPS officials say desks, chairs and textbooks were discarded in a heap in the parking lot.


Cash-strapped California schools seek commercial sponsors to raise funds

As strapped schools open across California, educators are turning to outside sources like never...

Ex-LAUSD assistant principal pleads no contest to molestations, gets 8 years in prison [Updated] 08/27/2009, 10:31 a.m.


Lori Smallwood, 25, teaches her third-grade math class at Hall County's Flowery Branch Elementary School in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Aug. 25. Ms. Smallwood, who was initially laid off, got her job back with the help of money from the Federal stimulus package.

Lori Smallwood, 25, teaches her third-grade math class at Hall County's Flowery Branch Elementary School in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Aug. 25. Ms. Smallwood, who was initially laid off, got her job back with the help of money from the Federal stimulus package.

In some districts with overwhelming deficits, extensive school layoffs have led to even more crowded classes and educators’ teaching unfamiliar grade levels.



Review of D.C. Tests Delayed
Request For Review Of D.C. Tests Languished
Official Asked That Schools Look Into Possible Cheating

By Bill Turque

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 7, 2009

Despite two requests from the District's Office of the State Superintendent of Education, D.C. public school officials never provided evidence that they investigated possible cheating at some schools after an analysis showed high rates of erasures on standardized tests in 2008, according to newly released documents.



Colorado Getaway Features Rafting, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Rope Courses and More


But if you have autism -- like most kids at the Extreme Sports Camp near Aspen, Colo. -- it's overload times 20, or times 100. And that's the point: to take kids to their limits, and beyond.


"It's got to be visceral," said Doug Gilstrap, 47, who has run the camp since it launched in 2001. "It's stimulating, it's super-intense. And, actually, the more intense it is, the better they are on the other end."


It's about taking kids to the extreme, the kids who have difficulties with extremes in everyday life, he said.


"Many times our kids, campers have a lot of behavior issues or a lot of sensory issues that they just can't handle," Gilstrap said. "It's too cold, it's too hot, it's too bright. All those sorts of things can cause a lot of problems."

Watch the full story on an upcoming edition of "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET

Visit the Extreme Sports Camp Web site HERE

For a family resource guide to camps for kids with autism, visit the Autism Speaks Web site HERE.


A Colorado camp uses adrenaline rush as therapy for kids with autism.
  Autism Extreme Camp 
Colorado getaway features rafting, rock climbing, skiing, ropes courses and more

looking at a few articles over the weekend on the swine flu spread got me thinking is CPS ready for the start of school?

What do you think is your school ready?

Image of H1N1 influenza virus


Many Colleges Reporting Swine Flu- 4 days ago

By Rob Stein and Aaron C. Davis More than half of the nation's colleges and universities tracking swine flu cases are reporting infected students, The American College Health Association, in the first of what will be weekly reports on swine flu activity, said 55 percent of 165 institutions surveyed counted a total of 1,640 cases as of the week of Aug. 22-28. So far, one student has been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported, the group said.  The 165 institutions represent more than 2 million students.

Unlike the seasonal flu, which tends to strike the elderly, the swine flu, also known as H1N1, more commonly affects children and young adults. The virus causes relatively mild illness in most of those infected, but because it is new, most people have no immunity against it. As a result, officials said many more people could get the flu this year.


2000 Washington State Students Report Signs of Swine Flu -

SEATTLE — At least 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, university and local health officials said, in what appeared to be one of the largest outbreaks of the virus on a college campus.

“It’s real,” Sally Redman, a registered nurse who works in student health services at Washington State, said Saturday. “We’ve had a constant stream of people.”

So far, the cases at the university have been relatively mild, although at least two people in the area who are not students were hospitalized. The university, based in Pullman, in eastern Washington near the Idaho border, has about 19,000 students at its main campus.


Swine flu spreads rapidly in the Middle East‎ - 4 hours ago

Number of H1N1 infected cases in the Middle East increase rapidly, the Ministry of Health in Egypt announced the second swine-flu-related fatality. The ministry said that the fatality is for a 25-year-old woman from Diqhliya governorate.

The Ministry of Health has reported that the total number of H1N1 infected cases since the outbreak of the epidemic now stands at 783, 716 of which have been cured. The remaining cases remain in good health and are receiving treatment in hospitals with the "Tamiflu" drug.


What do you think is your school ready?


Texas: Tyler Teacher Is Dead After Being Stabbed in Classroom

Published: September 24, 2009

A teacher was stabbed in a high school classroom in Tyler and later died. A 16-year-old student was arrested in the case. The police are not releasing the name of the student. The victim, Todd R. Henry, a 52-year-old music therapist, was stabbed once in the neck at 8:50 a.m. and died later at a hospital. A teacher aide immediately subdued the attacker, and no one else was injured. Angela Jenkins, a school spokeswoman, said the attack was not gang or racially motivated. “All reports suggest that it was a random act by an individual student,” she said. Mr. Henry worked with children who have disabilities or behavior problems at John Tyler High School, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

Thompson Takes Aim at Mayor’s Schools Record and Vows to Give Parents More of a Voice

Published: September 22, 2009

Declaring that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s “corporate model” has failed students and parents alike, William C. Thompson Jr., the Democratic nominee for mayor, pledged on Tuesday night to hire educators to run the school system, shrink class sizes and get parents more involved in the education process.


Flu Closes Schools, Hospitals

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin had to set up triage tents outside the emergency room as the number of patients coming in each day shot up from about 180 to more than 340, the majority of them with flu-like symptoms.

 In Austin, so many parents are rushing their children to the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas with swine flu symptoms that the hospital had to set up tents in the parking lot to cope with the onslaught.

In Memphis, the Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center emergency room got so crowded with feverish, miserable youngsters that it had to do the same thing.

And in Manning, S.C., a private school where an 11-year-old girl died shut down after the number of students who were out sick with similar symptoms reached nearly a third of the student body.

"It just kind of snowballed," said Kim Jordan, a teacher at the Laurence Manning Academy, which closed Wednesday after Ashlie Pipkin died, and the number of ill students hit 287. "We had several teachers out also. That was the reason to close the school -- so everyone could just be away from one another for a few days."



Unions Criticize Obama's School Proposals as 'Bush III'


Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 25, 2009


To the surprise of many educators who campaigned last year for change in the White House, the Obama administration's first recipe for school reform relies heavily on Bush-era ingredients and adds others that make unions gag.

Standardized testing, school accountability, performance pay, charter schools -- all are integral to President Obama's $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" grant competition to spur innovation. None is a typical Democratic crowd-pleaser.

Labor leaders, parsing the Education Department's fine print, call the proposal little more than a dressed-up version of the No Child Left Behind law enacted seven years ago under Obama's Republican predecessor.

"It looks like the only strategies they have are charter schools and measurement," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. "That's Bush III." Weingarten, who praises Obama for massive federal aid to help schools through the recession, said her 1.4 million-member union is engaged in "a constructive but tart dialogue" with the administration about reform.



D.C. Teachers Rally Against Rhee, Union Head


Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 24, 2009; 7:41 PM


A small but vocal band of District teachers, angry about impending layoffs, rallied against Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and their own union president in front of the school system's central offices early Thursday evening.

"Our teachers are running scared right now, because they're not sure they'll have a job," said Malvery Smith, a second grade teacher at Turner Elementary School@Green in Southeast.

Smith, who has taught in the city for 14 years, was one of about 60 District educators in the plaza in front of school headquarters on North Capitol Street. They were joined by supporters and community activists.

Teachers protested Rhee's Sept. 16 announcement of a still-unspecified number of layoffs. It came more than three weeks into the school year and nearly seven weeks after the D.C. Council sliced $20.7 million from the 2010 DCPS budget. The cuts, which also hit other city agencies, were triggered by a continued decline in tax revenue.

Teachers who will lose their jobs are expected to be notified by Sept. 30.

  Teachers have protested outside the Executive Building in Brisbane demanding a better pay deal.


Budget cuts push some classrooms way over capacity


Budget cuts push some classrooms way over capacity

If there had been rafters, somebody would have been hanging from them.


No Obama, no Bush and no field trips for these Texas students

A recent string of decisions by officials at the Arlington Independent School District in Texas...


LAUSD teachers oppose deal that bumps veteran substitutes out of jobs 09/18/2009, 11:46 a.m.



In the absence of a teacher, students discussed their work at a high school in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Joao Silva for The New York Times

In the absence of a teacher, students discussed their work at a high school in Khayelitsha, on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with hopeful students, but the education system is often failing those who most need it to escape poverty.


Easing From Combat to Classroom

Colleges are launching efforts to ease the daunting social, psychological and logistical transition as veterans move from war zones to campuses.

Christopher Day, who spent two tours in Afghanistan,
listens as a classmate asks a question at U-Md.
(Katherine Frey/TWP)

Resolved? Three aldermen back resolution on charter union drives Catalyst
Organizers with the teachers' newly formed union, Chicago ACTS, are asking aldermen to unequivocally back the right of other charter teachers to form unions.

Chicago area gets federal funds for child literacy
Sen. Roland Burris' office says the focus will be on programs that help children in low-income areas. More than $4 million will...

School Bus Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Student CBS2
Chicago Public Schools Murray Language Academy, for grades kindergarten through 6th grade is listed at the Kenwood Avenue address.

Teacher accused of providing drugs arrested again  Tribune
A 41-year-old math teacher from Grant High School accused of providing alcohol and drugs to two 14-year-old girls was rearrested this morning after allegedly harassing the mother of one of her victims, officials said.

Boarding schools make room for diversity Sun Times
When her mother presented the idea to Stormi Abrams-Haggard as she completed eighth grade at a Chicago public school, Stormi wasn't quite sure what to think of it.

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