The discussions that the principals and priest had soon took on greater urgency three months later when a 12-year-old from Seward shot two students from nearby Daley Elementary in an effort to prove he was tough enough to join a gang, police said.
The Peace and Education Summit is one way that community leaders hope to curb violence and crime among neighborhood youths. In a neighborhood where students are segregated by viaducts, blocks and streets, the goal is to show them they are more similar than different, and that their community extends beyond their own streets and schools.
The CPS rate is lower because it does not include students who drop out of 27 district-run alternative schools, including programs for teen parents and incarcerated youth, both of whom drop out of school at higher rates. Other districts also exclude such schools in calculating dropout rates because the state report card permits them to do so.
Deborah Lynch, the reform-minded CTU president, got knocked for a loop when union members roundly rejected the first tentative settlement. Forced to fight for still more, she put on a game face that left many wondering what kind of leader she would be as she prepares for a re-election bid next spring. An opposition slate has already formed and signaled that it doesn’t like her brand of unionism.
Cincinnati followed the lead of Toledo, Ohio, and Rochester, N.Y., in establishing peer-evaluation. But it broke out on its own with a pay-for-performance component that was introduced in 2000. “The eyes of the nation are upon us,” Superintendent Steven Adamowski said at the time. “We can’t afford to let this fail.”
Mentor teachers observe their subjects in the classroom, demonstrate lessons for them, relieve them so they can observe best practices elsewhere, direct them to relevant workshops and courses as well as reading they can do, meet one-on-one to talk over issues that arise and evaluate teachers’ work products.
A few years ago, data zeroed in on a group of 20 students who were struggling more than others in math. Teachers decided to add a second math period for those students to get assistance with homework, tutoring and feedback on their work. “We changed the world for those 20 kids,” Giffin says. Without the data, “we wouldn’t have ever found the problems.”
Pension and retirement: For Chicago Teachers
Accelerated payment of 45 accumulated sick days prior to retirement to boost pension benefits; remaining sick days in employee bank will be available to eligible employees for cash out upon retirement. … This is a voluntary program. Prior notice is required only for those who wish to utilize this benefit
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Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn plans to seek legislative approval of a constitutional amendment next spring that would double the income tax on Illinois’ richest residents, in part to raise money for schools. To get on the November ballot, the proposal would need 60 percent approval from both the House and the Senate.