Chicago Public Schools (CPS) can’t seem to win. After announcing their plan to close down four Englewood-area high schools, CPS is facing major backlash – from their own teachers.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has filed a grievance over the weekend with CPS because these alleged school closings are in direct violation of a contract expiring in the year 2019. This contract states that no Chicago public school can be shut down unless it is incapable of satisfying graduation requirements for students.
These Englewood high schools are more than capable of satisfying graduation requirements, according to CTU Vice President, Jesse Sharkey. CPS says differently.
The buildings themselves are deteriorating, some of the staff are not certified teachers, and the principals aren’t finding themselves able to make any necessary changes, according to CPS CEO, Janice Jackson.
Chicago has been dealing with this issue for years, and it seems the only solution they can seem to find is to shut down more schools and put their money elsewhere. However, CTU urges CPS to stop taking money away from these schools, and start putting more money into them – regardless of their attendance rate.
Right now, CPS delegates its money based solely on enrollment. With Janice Jackson in charge, the CTU is hoping for a change. They are learning, however, that this much-needed change is not likely.
Millions of dollars are currently going into the expansion of a South Loop elementary school, aiming to create a new high school to serve low-income students in surrounding neighborhoods. But what does that say for the residents of places like Englewood? Where are they supposed to continue their education, if their schools are being shut down in order to afford higher-income neighborhoods like the South Loop a bigger, better high school?
CPS definitely has their hands full with this one, and CTU is set on their way to make sure some necessary changes are made.
Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal
And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.
The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.
The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.
“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.
The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.
According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”
Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019.
As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.
Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020
And it’s about time, too.
There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.
And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.
Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.
Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.
McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.
So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.
Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today
Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.
NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.
Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.
Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.
Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:
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