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If it Sounds Too Good to be True, It Probably Is!

Source: cps.edu

Source: cps.edu

Starting in the 2013-2014 school years, Chicago Public School principals’ budgets will be based on per-pupil spending instead of the per-position spending from years past. The CPS marketing department must have been in full gear when they issued a press release heralding “autonomy” over the school budget for principals. As principals received their budgets for the next school year, many are realizing that their new “autonomy” is coming at a huge price; in some cases over $1 million. Many of the school’s budgets are short thousands of dollars for next year from the year before, which forces principals to make tough decisions about staffing for the next school year. Read More…

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Can teachers prevent dropouts?

Source: youthvoices.net

Source: youthvoices.netThere has been a lof

The high school drop out rate has been a topic of discussion in education reform for a long time. While the statistics are sobering, there has been significant progress made in decreasing the dropout rate. However, for the students who do drop out there are dire consequences ahead. PBS Newshour posed a question that is worth exploring: Can teachers prevent dropouts? Read More…

This is not Washington!: An Open Letter to Rahm Emanuel

Dear Rahm Emanuel:

This is not Washington! This is Chicago!

Chicago is a union town and everyone in this town knows it. I understand that you came in with your goal of making a bold statement on education by lengthening the school day and school year. Congratulations! But Rahm, this is Chicago! This is not Washington.

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Stick a Fork in Me I’m Done?

Veteran teacher working with Younger Teacher

By Martin Palamore

In college, I worked in retail. It was one of the ways that I paid for the necessities at the time. I going to school to become a teacher, so I knew that working in retail wasn’t going to be something long term. However, like anything I try to give it my best. One of the most troubling aspects about working in retail was that always prevalent feeling that I could be easily replaced. I didn’t feel important and I didn’t feel valued. I am sure that others had a different experience, but that would be one aspect of working retail that stood out to me.

That feeling should not exist in the teaching profession.

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