Poll data is the big story right now. Rahm Emanuel’s approval ratings are in the toilet, but so is nationwide teacher job satisfaction. I can’t say that either of these results particularly surprises me. There is also a brand new site tracking the UNO scandals. I am so ready for the weekend. I’ll be curious just to find out how bad Snowmageddon is tonight.
“Teachers’ job satisfaction has declined 23 percentage points in the five years since 2008, according to the long-running survey of educators and principals. Only 39 percent of teachers reported they were very satisfied, the least since 1987, the survey showed. The percentage of teachers who said they were very satisfied dropped five percentage points in 2012.”
“Specifically, just 2 percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they strongly approve of the mayor’s job performance, with 12 percent somewhat approving and 5 percent leaning that way. At the opposite end, 13 percent strongly disapprove, 9 percent somewhat disapprove and 13 percent lean toward disapproval.”
“UNO CEO Juan Rangel has been in the news lately trying to defend against recent reports
of patronage and questionable business practices under his leadership. Turns out defending patronage is a long standing hobby of his!”
“The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) voted 5
to 1 (Vinni Hall voted no) to put out for public comment
rules that would completely eliminate limits on special
education class size.
The proposed rules would mean there would be NO state limit
on the number of students a special education teacher
is required to serve.
Also there would be NO state limit on the number of students
with disabilities a general education teacher has in their classroom.“
“CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is recommending that all twelve charter school operators up for renewal, including Aspira and Shabazz, be granted new contracts. If approved by the board next week, most of those contracts will run for five years. Two schools, ACE Tech and Community Services West Academy, are being recommended for three-year contracts.”