Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has threatened to discipline any teacher that refuses to administer an annual state achievement test next week, according to a letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chicago Public Schools officials were the first to blink Tuesday in a showdown that pitted teachers who refused to administer a state-mandated test against school officials who threatened to kick them out of the building, or worse, if they didn’t. More than 20 teachers at Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy in the Little Village neighborhood who refused to give the test were allowed to teach students who opted not to take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
A group of parent-activists cried foul Monday, after the state board of education informed Chicago Public Schools that the district could face “disciplinary action” if it does not administer the annual state achievement test to all students this week.
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Teachers at a second school will refuse to administer an annual state achievement test next week, the Chicago Teachers Union announced Friday.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis injected herself into a long-running neighborhood zoning fight on Thursday, alleging students at a public high school would face danger from a newly approved metal shredder in Pilsen.
On Friday, a city panel endorsed the plan, which also was …
The newly released Chicago Public Schools data troubles Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said he hopes charter operators will follow CPS’ new, gentler discipline policy. “I can’t make ’em. But, I can persuade them, show them a different model,” the mayor said Wednesday. “And we think they’re going to be cooperative and work with us because it’s so promising what we’re seeing at CPS.”
Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett made her position on the looming pension overhaul crystal clear — and she’s echoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We estimate that if the Illinois pension reform package were applied to CPS, that this would bring nearly $250 million in savings to the district this year alone,” she told the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday.
Teachers at a Little Village school will refuse to administer an annual state achievement test next week, a move that could ultimately cost them their jobs. About 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy voted unanimously Tuesday to boycott the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, said Sarah Chambers, a special education teacher at the school.
The principal of a Southwest Side elementary school whose contract was not renewed by the local school council is fighting back. The LSC for Sutherland Elementary in the Beverly community voted 6-4 to not renew Principal Catherine Gannon’s contract at a special meeting Jan. 10. Gannon has been principal at Sutherland since 2006.
SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis came to Springfield Wednesday to rally against possible pension cuts to city teachers but left town being urged to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. By her own and other union members. Chants of “Run for Mayor!” filled the Capitol rotunda, where unionized city workers gathered to hear her speak. Afterwards, Lewis seemed to suggest she’s staying put in 2015, when Emanuel faces re-election, but she also didn’t close any doors.
Chicago Public Schools students will have to wait a little longer before summer vacation starts.
Two students who enrolled at Illinois State University after attending suburban Chicago area high schools have died in separate incidents near the university’s Downstate campus. Authorities declined to say whether the two deaths over a two-day period could be connected. The first death was reported Saturday after police found 20-year-old Katie Borenstein dead less than a mile from the campus. In the second incident, ISU sophomore Yusuf “Yoshi” Ziada was found dead in a field early Sunday, with no coat, hat or gloves.
The Chicago Board of Education Wednesday approved proposals for seven new charter schools and denied 10 others. The vote followed the recommendations made by Chicago Public Schools staff earlier in the meeting.
After spending all last week putting out fires because he said he wanted to lower — and then raise — the minimum wage, multi-millionaire gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner began this week facing a brand new firestorm. And it’s the latest storyline that potentially has greater staying power.
Dressed like pint-sized Eskimos, kids returned to McPherson Elementary School Wednesday morning, delighted to see their friends — their parents equally thrilled to get the little ones out of the house.
A Chicago Public Schools technology coordinator stole more than $400,000 in school funds before fleeing to Mexico, where he was later found dead, according to a just-released Chicago Board of Education Office of the Inspector General annual report.