Nearly a week after sending out a vague press release that it was investigating problems with the selective enrollment process at some of its most prestigious schools, CPS has said little else.
Even the Trib, which purportedly got all this started by seeking public records from CPS two weeks ago, couldn’t find out much more about the investigation.
WBEZ gathered reaction from parents and students. Most people found the process frustrating because of how competitive it is, but weren’t surprised to hear that some students might have been clouted.
Not-so-secret job fair
The Daily News didn’t think much of it when a woman who wanted to be a CPS teacher got up at last week’s meeting and asked the board whether there was a secret job fair coming up. Schools chief Ron Huberman was quick to shoot down her rumor.
Turns out, Huberman was wrong and our instincts failed us. Yep, there was an invite-only job fair, hastily opened to the public at the last minute, the Sun-Times reported.
The job fair starts at 12 p.m. Friday at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. For job seekers, there are some specific teaching positions listed starting on page 26 of the weekly HR bulletin that CPS buries on its Web site.
Bonus article for the day: The New York Times wrote yesterday about a trend at charter schools in other parts of the country where teachers, lower-paid than their school district counterparts, are beginning to unionize. This paragraph sums up the give-and-take well:
The unionization effort raises questions about whether unions will strengthen the charter movement by stabilizing its young, often transient teaching force, or weaken it by preventing administrators from firing ineffective teachers and imposing changes they say help raise achievement, like an extended school year.