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Jerry P. Becker

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Chicago: W. Side high school students go without teachers
Posted: Mar 15, 2014 9:00 PM
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From Catalyst Chicago [Independent Reporting on Urban Education since
1900], Wednseday, March 12, 2014. See
http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2014/03/12/65788/in-news-w-side-high-school-students-go-without-teachers
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In the News: W. Side high school students go without teachers

By Cassandra West

WBEZ interviewed a dozen students at Austin Business and
Entrepreneurship Academy, and all of them told the same story. Their
core courses in English and science have been taught mostly by
substitutes this year-sometimes a different substitute every
day-meaning no homework, and often no classwork. One student said
students are passed automatically since there are no teachers. [See
http://www.wbez.org/news/west-side-chicago-school-kids-go-without-teachers-109838
]

CUTTING TOO DEEPLY: The head of the Illinois State Board of Education
says some districts might not make it through the school year if the
proposed state budget cuts are approved. (WICS.com ) [See
http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_16053.shtml ]

REBELS WITH A CAUSE: Chicago is not the only scene of the high-stakes
testing revolt. The uprising is growing nationwide, with FairTest
fanning the flames. Teachers and parents and students cities in
Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Alabama,
Texas are rebelling. [See
http://www.fairtest.org/testing-resistance-reform-spring ]

IN THE NATION

OPT-OUT STRATEGY: Riding what they see as a wave of anti-testing
sentiment among parents, opponents of high-stakes assessments believe
a strategy known as opt-out - having parents refuse to let their
children take state-mandated tests - could force policymakers to take
note of their cause. (Education Week) [See
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/12/24boycotts_ep.h33.html ]

SHORTENING THE SCHOOL YEAR: In an effort to save money for
cash-strapped Wisconsin districts, state lawmakers are considering
ending a requirement that schools teach for 180 days a year or lose
state funding. The bill, expected to win Senate approval, would allow
schools to extend school days rather than force them to stay open
later in the summer to make up days lost to weather closings and
parent teacher conferences. (Associated Press) [See
http://www.sheboyganpress.com/viewart/20140310/SHE0101/303100311/ ]

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu



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