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Chicago Teachers Union President “Proud” of Student Walkout

Posted by Admin On April - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

CTU President to Students on National Student Walkout: I am so Proud of You

 

Karen Lewis: “We fight for our students every day in our school communities. Today, students are standing up with leadership and courage to fight for equity and justice.”

 

CHICAGO, April 4, 2018CTU President Karen Lewis issued the following statement in support of Chicago public school students participating in #NationalStudentWalkout actions:

“Chicago public school students stood up today against gun violence and all acts of violence that plague our city: unemployment, racism, mass incarceration and austerity. Literally thousands of our youth live with the trauma of life in a city where housing and food insecurity is just as prevalent as gun violence. These young people understand that, here in Chicago, larger dynamics drive violence: poverty, unemployment, hopelessness and the callous indifference of our mayor – indifference that mars their educations and undermines their futures. They took action with sit-ins and marches today to say ‘enough.’

“We fight for our students every day in our school communities because that’s our responsibility and our commitment to our students as educators. Today, our students are standing up with leadership and courage to fight to bring equity and real justice to our city.”

“As educators and members of school communities, we recognize what these young people understand intimately – that it is only through racial, economic and social justice that we achieve educational justice – the kind of justice that will allow our students to fulfil their potential. Our students took that message to the streets today in what is a growing movement not just against gun violence but against the root causes of violence and despair in cities like Chicago. Our union is honored to embrace and support their struggle.

This January, the Chicago Teachers Union embedded language in its constitution to promote racial, economic and social justice as the path to achieving educational justice – and embraced a commitment to build community and labor coalitions to win those goals.

Public Inquiry Report Describes Systemic Issues in CPS’s Special Education Program

Posted by Admin On April - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

ISBE leaders to recommend next steps at May 16 Board meeting

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today reviewed the final report from the Public Inquiry Team appointed to examine special education services in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The Inquiry Team found systemic problems that delayed and denied the provision of special education services to students. Policies, procedures, and systems also hindered the ability of educators and families to advocate for the services students needed.

The Public Inquiry report contains 43 findings of fact. The Inquiry Team found widespread issues with CPS’s Student Services Management (SSM) system, an electronic program that guides users through a series of fillable forms designed to develop a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a student, and with the procedural manuals for using the SSM. The Inquiry Team also found systemic problems with CPS’s processes for collecting data to assess students’ need for services, authorizing IEP teams’ recommendations for students, and providing transportation for students.

“We have an obligation as the leaders of public education systems to create conditions that support every single child in our care,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “I deeply appreciate the full participation of all of the parties throughout this first-of-its-kind process in Illinois. This Public Inquiry allowed us to examine CPS’s special education program not just from an administrative compliance perspective but also from the view of the families and educators trying to provide students the best educational experience possible. We are encouraged that CPS has already begun taking steps to improve on the issues discussed in the report. We look forward to working together to build on CPS’s strengths and ensure all students receive the supports they need to thrive.”

ISBE General Counsel Stephanie Jones and ISBE Executive Director of Special Education Services Heather Calomese will meet with CPS and the advocates who brought the initial complaint to ISBE to develop a plan to ensure the concerns noted in the report are resolved prior to next school year. Jones and Calomese will recommend next steps at the State Board meeting on May 16 in Springfield.

ISBE initiated the state’s first-ever Public Inquiry after receiving concerns about potentially systemic issues with CPS’s special education program from families, educators, and stakeholders. The Public Inquiry process facilitates fair and transparent fact-finding on a matter of public concern, while maintaining the focus on the well-being and rights of students.

The Inquiry team held six public comment sessions, received input through a dedicated hotline, collected extensive documentation, and hosted a three-day open hearing to probe the evidence by asking questions of witnesses.

View the Public Inquiry team’s final report at https://www.isbe.net/publicinquiry.

Beyonce Announces New Homecoming Scholars Award Program for Black College Studemts

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Beyonce's Homecoming Scholars Award Program

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, has established the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for students attending Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University – all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Beyoncé announced the program when she made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival’s 19-year run.

The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.

One winner from each school will win a scholarship award for the academic year for study in various fields.

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced in the summer.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in June of each year, and the award amount is usually $25,000.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2018/04/beyonce-homecoming-scholars-award.html

To view hundreds of other 2018 scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s New Bare-Bones School Budget Fails to Restore Damaging Cuts

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
 
From: The Chicago Teachers Union

“Mayor is again prioritizing paying bond holders who are laughing all the way to the banks they own – while continuing to harm our students by refusing to seek new revenue from those most able to pay,” say teachers.

 

Instead, Emanuel’s favored ‘student-based’ budgeting formula – SBB – continues to rely on flat rate per capita funding that profoundly shortchanges the district’s poorest students. The new budget’s so-called ‘hold harmless’ provision increases average student spending by a scant $48 dollars per pupil – and fails to address deep cuts to special education, chronically filthy schools and facilities issues, or programming needs for the district’s most impoverished students.“Emanuel’s so-called increase represents barely 2% of CPS’ budget – far short of what we need to solve neighborhood schools’ funding crisis,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “We’ve documented that CPS needs to provide least $400 million just to restore Emanuel’s past cuts. This budget increase represents a fraction of that need.”

Emanuel has proposed increasing next year’s school budget by roughly $60 million, an amount the CTU calls trivial.

“A pittance of less than $50 per student fails to fund even one additional teacher assistant in an elementary school of 600 kids with class sizes of 28,” said Sharkey, who notes that the State’s formula calls for class sizes of half that number. “To be blunt, Emanuel is again prioritizing paying bond holders who are laughing all the way to the banks they own – while the mayor continues to refuse to seek new revenue from those most able to pay.”

With the Illinois State Board of Education poised to release a report on grave problems in CPS’ special education policies, the new budget fails to commit to fully restoring the mayor’s deep special education cuts. Instead, the proposed budget targets new funds to academic programs that lock out the vast majority of CPS students.

“Barely 10% of CPS’ slots offer students access to international baccalaureate programs, Early College STEM programs, STEM magnet programs, or ‘classical’ elementary programs,” said Sharkey. “Modest increases in those programs will appeal to some who can leverage their kids into those classes, while the majority of neighborhood schools remain burdened by a chronic lack of resources that creates separate and unequal, apartheid-like conditions for students.”

The CTU fought in Springfield to pass the state’s new equity-based school funding formula and to increase funding for public education – a struggle the union won for districts across the state with virtually no help from the mayor.

“Emanuel’s continued defiance of the state’s equity-based mandates deny our students the resources they need,” said Sharkey. “We have fewer educators today than before Emanuel forced his longer school day on schools. We struggle with skeleton staffs that undermine the rich instructional environment that our students deserve. We have barely one school nurse for every six schools, while most schools lack librarians. Neighborhood schools that educate the majority of our students confront a critical shortage of social workers and school counselors. Emanuel’s agreed to hire barely a fifth of the bare minimum of school janitors we need to confront a crisis in school cleanliness and facilities maintenance. Our students deserve better – and we plan to fight for those resources tooth and nail in upcoming contract negotiations.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in schools funded by City of Chicago School District 299, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information, please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

100 Teams Advance to U.S. Finals in World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Posted by Admin On April - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Student rocketeers from 28 states andD.C.will compete next month for more than $100,000 in prizes, scholarships and a chance to represent the U.S. at the global finals

 

Arlington, VA– The Team America Rocketry Challengetoday unveiled the names of the top 100 teams that will advance to thenational finalsnext month. These teams will compete at the National Finals Fly-Off on May 12th at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, outside of Washington, D.C.

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build, and fly a rocket that meets rigorous altitude and flight duration parameters through a series of certified, qualifying launches. This year’s rules require a rocket carrying two raw eggs to reach 800 feet before returning the eggs to Earth—uncracked—all within 41 to 43 seconds.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the National Association of Rocketry, and more than 20 industry partners, the Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest. This year, 800 teams representing 46 states and the District of Columbiadesigned and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.

The 100 national finalists announced today hail from 28 states and the District of Columbia, and will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships.They will also be competing for the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Air Show outside of Londonthis July, facing off against teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

The Rocketry Challenge promotes friendly competition among teams from a diverse set of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities and geographies – from rural America to major cities. This year, about one thirdof the students participating are female, including 13 all-girl teams. Numerous teams launched fundraising campaigns in their communities to make their participation this year possible.

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanningcongratulated the finalists: “What excites me about this incredible competition is how every year it inspires thousands of young women and men to consider careers in STEM fields and aerospace. Qualifying for the National Finals and ultimately representing the United States at the international competition involves teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.  I’m confident that these students will become the engineers and scientists that enable humans to land on Mars and beyond, and we look forward to hosting them in D.C. next month.”

Now in its sixteenth year, the Rocketry Challenge has inspired nearly 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields.

Follow and support your local team on the road to National Finals using the official hashtag: #TARC2018.

State Bill Allowing CTU to Bargain Over Filthy Schools and Overcrowded Classes One Step Closer to Passage

Posted by Admin On April - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Mayor’s hand-picked school bosses have ignored appalling conditions that threaten health and well-being of staff and students, while state law hamstrings CTU members’ right to bargain over bad conditions.

 

CHICAGO, IL –  A key legislative committee has passed a bill that would once again give CTU members the right to bargain over non-salary conditions, from crowded classes to filthy schools. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey joined public school allies to testify Tuesday in support of the bill.

“In 1995, Chicago’s mayor and the state legislature robbed the CTU of the right to stand up for our students,” said Sharkey. “The results have been dismal: overcrowded classrooms, ten years of failure to pay into teachers’ pensions, an explosion of costly and failed privatization, filthy schools, deep budget cuts, the shortchanging of special education, excessive testing and a host of other management policies that undermine students and teachers. Today, the legislature moved to overturn this failed experiment and give back our right to fight for the needs and dignity of our students.”

The Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee passed HB 4776 by a margin of 17 to 12. The bill, which now moves to the full House, strikes Section 4.5 of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act, which bans the CTU’s ability to bargain—and potentially strike—over non-monetary issues, a right denied to only to teachers in Chicago. The change would give the CTU the power to challenge classroom conditions that negatively impact students and teachers, from overcrowded classrooms to filthy, poorly maintained schools that create health hazards for students and staff.

The legislative action is timely, says the CTU, in the wake of a series of CPS scandals—including recent Chicago Sun-Times reports on filthy public schools. The fault, argues the CTU, does not lie with union janitors, whose ranks have been slashed since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel privatized maintenance services in 2012. Yet Section 4.5 effectively banned the CTU from challenging those conditions through collective bargaining.

“Section 4.5’s restrictions on collective bargaining have meant that, for decades, we’ve been hamstrung from forcing CPS to remedy critical problems—including deplorable conditions in our schools that can be directly tied to Emanuel’s failed $800 million privatization of facilities maintenance. Today, hundreds of schools are plagued with rodent and insect infestations, crumbling facilities, exposed asbestos-laden floor and ceiling tiles, and thousands of water sources that have never been tested for lead or other health risks,” Sharkey said. “We urge the full House to follow the lead of the Committee, pass this bill, and return to our members the power to directly challenge this dangerous failure of leadership.”

Legislators are currently considering four other CTU-supported bills that directly impact conditions in public schools: HB 5481, requiring school districts to report class size data to ISBE and sets targets for K-12 class sizes beginning in 2020; HB5721, which mandates improved public input and transparency in CPS capital spending and provides supports for schools and students hit with school actions like closings and turnarounds; HB 3786, which requires fully empowered local school councils in publicly funded schools, including charters, that must vote by a super-majority to approve school closures and reorganizations; and HB 4800, which would move surplus TIF funds to public education needs.

Tom Joyner Announces Scholarship Winner

Posted by Admin On April - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Daudreanna Baker wins Tom Joyner Foundation (R) ‘Full Ride’ Scholarship to Historically Black University


Tom Joyner with scholarship winner, Daudreanna Kimbrough

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Daudreanna Baker of Hazlehurst, Miss. is the winner of the 2018 Tom Joyner Foundation® “Full Ride Scholarship” that will cover full tuition, room and board (on campus only) and books up to 10 semesters. Baker, who is the oldest of four raised by a single mom at her home about 30 minutes south of Jackson, Miss., plans to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to become a Chemistry/Pre-Med major.

Tom Joyner, the Foundation’s chairman and founder, announced his scholarship today during the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on 100 stations and reaches a broadcast and digital audience with more than 10 million listeners every week. Baker, who is graduating from Hazlehurst High School, was selected from hundreds of applicants from around the country for the scholarship. Click here to listen to her interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

“I want to help somebody, help themselves,” Baker says. “My mom is a nurse and I always watched her help people and I always appreciated that. I just feel that’s my calling. I want to be extraordinary.”

Baker says she wants to become an orthopedic surgeon. She has been class president, editor of the school’s newspaper, the Indian Inquirer, serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council and has been a mentor at the Boys and Girls Club. In her essay, she talked about one of her classmates who was expelled and is now an inmate at Mississippi State Penitentiary. “I need to go to school so I can show my community that you can do other things,” she said during her scholarship interview. “I want to show my community that you can do better.” You can see her full interview here: https://youtu.be/qIlKxPuOSYc


Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show, said, “Daudreanna, I love your passion to help people.”

In his recommendation for the scholarship, Burnell Ramsey said, “She is one of the most brilliant minds I have ever encountered. She is one student who I am sure will go on to do great things in life.” Robin Brumfield of Hazlehurst High School wrote, “I have great respect for her as a professional… Daudreanna is driven, engaging and dependable… she is always learning and growing, an impressive strength that will continue to serve her well in college and beyond.”

 

Baker is our eighth Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholar. Previous winners include Z’Kijah Fleming, who is attending Howard University, where she is majoring in business. Morgan Brown, who is attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., pursuing a career in psychiatry; JoAnn Jones who is attending Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, N.C., pursuing a career in nursing; Titus Ziegler Jr. of Atlanta’s Inman Middle School who served as a commander of the elite Junior ROTC Color Guard and Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College in Atlanta was a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and now works at the Confucius Institute in Washington, D.C.

Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. The first winner, Britney Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently passed the New York Bar. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University. Ms. Wilson has worked in the New York offices of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is now a Bertha Justice Institute Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

 

To retain the scholarship, students had to meet the required academic standards each semester. Graduating high school seniors applied for the scholarship by going to www.TomJoynerFoundation.org. To be eligible, students had to meet the following criteria: 1) Be a United States citizen; 2) Be a current high school senior attending school in the United States. Each applicant must complete high school in the spring of 2018; 3) Have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30; 4) Applicants had to apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2018; 5.) Applicants had to demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service and extracurricular activities.

 

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised in excess of $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. To learn more about the Foundation, go to www.TomJoynerFoundation.org.

 

Photo Caption: Tom Joyner, nationally syndicated radio show host and founder and chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation standing next to Full Ride scholarship winner Daudreanna Baker of Hazlehurst, Miss., her mom, Lillian Tillman, and the scholarship banquet keynote speaker Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president, Dilliard University.

Photo credit: Jesse Hornbuckle

 

 

8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Database Center Helps Minority Students Find Scholarships They Can Actually Win!

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


African American student on campus

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Now, more than ever, a college degree is an essential prerequisite for achieving upward mobility. Unfortunately, for today’s traditionally underserved (and often ignored) minority communities, achieving that goal is becoming even more elusive. With the cost of college rising daily, underserved minority communities are increasingly unable to continue their post-secondary education due to a lack of money. The Scholarship Center has the proven solution for minority students looking to finance a college degree without crippling student debt which disproportionally impacts their lives and livelihoods.

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The Scholarship Center employs a tried and proven scholarship methodology, which includes applying for these lesser known scholarships which greatly enhances the student’s chances of winning. Using this strategy, The Scholarship Center helps remove the “sweepstakes” nature out of the typical scholarship process. While The Scholarship Center includes scholarships for students of all ethnicities, special attention is given to members of underserved communities whose particular needs have largely been ignored by other scholarship websites.

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Report: Emanuel’s New Graduation Requirements Shortchange Students While CPS Undermines Career/Tech Ed Path to Living Wage Work

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

From: Chicago Teachers Union

 

CPS must reinvest in rather than continue to scale back career/technical ed programs, while mayor must abandon inequitable student-based budgeting scheme. Without progressive change, thousands could be denied chance to meet District’s new graduation mandates or access living wage work in growing economic sectors.

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Teachers Union released a new report today underscoring the critical importance of career and technical education programs – CTE in education parlance. Teachers argue that CTE options for students are particularly critical if high school students are to be adequately empowered to meet the District’s stringent new graduation requirements. And the report raises the urgency of embracing the state’s more equitable new funding formula rather than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ‘student-based budgeting’ scheme.

Beginning with the class of 2022, students cannot graduate from CPS without proof of a solid post-secondary plan: enrollment in college or an apprenticeship program, employment, or military service. The new requirement is one of Emanuel’s primary propositions to convey that he’s working to improve educational outcomes for public school students.

Yet Emanuel’s policies instead continue to undermine both students’ educational outcomes and educational stability. Emanuel has insisted on funding schools through SBB, his ‘student-based budgeting’ formula, instead of the more equitable formula that is now state law. Elementary students are poised to be notified on March 30 of their high school matches through GoCPS, CPS’s new high school enrollment system. But with scaled back and poorly managed CTE at many high schools, students may be locked out of opportunities to build skill-sets that enhance employment opportunities and career paths for graduates – and their ability to meet CPS’ new graduation requirements.

“The mayor has essentially orchestrated an unfunded graduation mandate,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Our schools confront an acute shortage of high school counselors, college and career coaches and other staff who make it possible for students to successfully meet Emanuel’s post-secondary graduation requirement – virtually guaranteeing that this policy will fail thousands of our students. At the same time, Emanuel’s hand-picked CPS leadership has both mismanaged and scaled back the CTE programs that could give graduates a powerful leg up as skilled new workers with today’s employers. And ALL education programs are shortchanged by SBB.”

The report documents CTE mismanagement – including fewer opportunities in many high schools today than in past years – while the need for more robust programming in middle and high schools is growing. Greater investment would ‘provide more stability, better promotion of CTE and provide more workplace learning opportunities,’ says the report.

“Neglect of CTE continues to lock students out of participating in some of Chicago’s most vibrant and rapidly growing employment sectors, from construction and new manufacturing to the health sciences,” said Sharkey. “We must do better – and we can start by re-investing in CTE and abandoning an SBB formula that hurts poor students the most.”

The CTU is proposing tangible steps to address these challenges:

  • CPS must Increase investment in CTE at the middle and high school level to expand students’ access to living wage post-secondary work and careers. This investment would also increase the pool of workers that today’s employers need and seek – and help connect low-income students with lifelong living wage work;
  • CPS must adequately staff critical positions – including at least 95 additional career counselors – if Emanuel’s graduation mandate is to succeed instead of serving as another barrier to a high school diploma for disadvantaged students.
  • Emanuel and CPS must replace SBB with the state’s new equity-based funding formula – a move that would help ensure that schools that serve the poorest students would have adequate resources to meet those students’ needs.

The full report can be downloaded at this link: www.ctunet.com/research/a-city-that-works

 

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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