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Glenbrook South teacher Jeff Yordy, dead at 55, led award-winning horticulture teams

At a north suburban high school known for academics, Jeff Yordy made his mark teaching horticulture. Mr. Yordy, who died March 29 at age 55 following heart surgery, started teaching at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview in 1984, and the school horticulture team he coached won the state championship for an astounding 22 years of his tenure there.

Gresham staff, parents protest plans for CPS ‘turnaround’


Gresham Elementary School Principal Diedrus Brown continued her very vocal fight Tuesday to save her school from undergoing a so-called “turnaround” — but this time with about 40 teachers, parents and students marching with her.

Gresham supporters rally against planned CPS turnaround


Gwen Herbert offered two reasons Tuesday to keep Gresham Elementary School open: A doctor and a lawyer.

Byrd-Bennett declares school closing process a success


As fervent supporters defended several schools pegged for major changes this fall, Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Wednesday said last year’s historically massive school closing process made the district stronger “in spite of dire predictions.”

CPS website will collect ideas, gauge interest in closed buildings

Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday. Members of the public and community groups can submit proposals for the old school …

Museum’s science program helps teachers and students: study

The Museum of Science and Industry’s program teaches middle school educators to better instruct their students in science class. A study tested teachers participating in the program as well as teachers not participating and both group’s students. It found the museum’s program directly affects a teacher’s science knowledge. The students of teachers participating in the museum’s program also did better in the study’s tests and had a better understanding of the scientific concepts and how they apply in real life, according to the study.

It’s official: Gordon Tech to become DePaul College Prep


Gordon Tech College Prep will become DePaul College Prep as soon as summer, the school’s board announced Wednesday. The school at 3600 block of North California Avenue will be renamed DePaul College Prep, but its campus will be known as Fr. Gordon Campus, according to a letter sent to Gordon Tech families.

Protesters: Don’t punish teachers who didn’t administer ISAT


A group of about 100 people rallied Monday in the Bridgeport neighborhood to call on Chicago Public Schools officials not to retaliate against a group of teachers who refused to administer a state mandated test to students. CPS had threatened the boycotting teachers with disciplinary measures including decertification if they did not administer the multi-day Illinois Standards Achievement Test, which began last week. CPS issued a statement Monday afternoon saying school officials were “engaged in discussion with the Illinois State Board of Education about appropriate disciplinary action against teachers who chose not to administer the test.” Parents and teachers gathered

Teachers who boycotted ISAT allowed to remain in classrooms


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.

Chicago parent group takes ISAT protest to state Board of Ed

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.

The Illinois State Board of Education …

Teachers at second school to refuse to give ISATs, CTU says


Teachers at a second school will refuse to administer an annual state achievement test next week, the Chicago Teachers Union announced Friday.

CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school

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 …

Charter school students 11 times more likely to be expelled: CPS


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.”

CPS chief wants same pension reform state passed for other teachers


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.

Little Village school’s teachers vote to boycott ISAT


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.

Parents rallying to keep Beverly school principal


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.