We mark Teacher Appreciate Week with NEA head Dennis Van Roekel. We take a look at the race for Congress in the 10th Congressional District which includes an attempt at a comeback. And, we celebrate jazz in Paris.
We discuss how entrance exams for teachers is sparking a debate about whether or not these exams are ruining diversity among teachers. Also, as Rosh Hashanah approaches we look at the culinary spread for the Jewish New Year.
Illinois drastically raised standards in 2010 for candidates who want to attend colleges of education. Three years later, the data bear out a fear that state leaders had at that time: the changes have disproportionately hurt aspiring minority teachers.
Chicago Public Schools is laying off a massive number of teachers and school staff. 2,113 employees will get pink slips—about half of them are teachers. Teacher aides, clerks, lunch staff, and security guards are also affected.