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U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — The Elgin Teachers Association has requested mediation after more than nine months of contract negotiations between the teachers union and School District U46, according to ETA President Kathy Castle.

That’s more than 215 hours of negotiations, according to U46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders.

And those have occurred over 42 meetings — each a minimum four hours — on weekends, on Presidents Day, on Veterans Day, even over the winter break, added UniServ Director Joyce Houston.

That’s the longest those negotiations ever have continued, Castle said Monday’s school board meeting.

More than 100 people, many wearing Illinois Education Association buttons, attended that meeting, prompting it to be moved from the board room to the much-larger second-floor auditorium at the U46 Education Center, 355 Chicago St.

“I think it comes back to — and it’s been in several of the issues — we certainly are in a difficult time without a lot of resources and with a great deal of need,” Castle said.

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ELGIN — When Ken Hudgens was a student at Larsen Middle School, he had two goals: to play basketball in Division 1 and to play basketball for the NBA. Hudgens got as far as a basketball scholarship to Eastern Washington University before, he said, he realized he probably wasn’t good enough to play professionally. On Thursday, he came back to Larsen to tell students about “a lot of weird stuff you can do out there later in life,” he said. And he came with one of the 50 or so monster trucks that are part of Feld Motor Sports, where he now is chief operating officer. That truck, the Mohawk Warrior, will be featured in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Friday through Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. “Thirty years ago, I was sitting where you’re sitting, and I never knew a job like this — that was so much fun — existed,” Hudgens said. Monster trucks average about 12 feet tall — their tires alone are more than 5 feet across — and weigh 5 tons, according to a video he showed students during his presentation. During a Monster Jam, the trucks can fly 40 feet into the air and reach 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds while racing and freestyling over obstacles, the video said. They compete in more than 350 of those events each year in both North America and Europe. Before the Larsen grad’s presentation, students swarmed the black and purple monster truck parked just behind their school, smartphone cameras raised. The vehicle is the first monster truck to sport a tall, jet-black, razor-sharp Mohawk down the roof on its SUV body, according to MonsterJam.com. That matches the hairstyle of its driver, George Balhan. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

Larsen school students inspired by ‘monster’ truck event (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Bartlett High reveals plans for its own stadium (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

School districts say proposed state aid hikes not enough (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

U46 issues alert about recalled eggs (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

U46 eyes college, work readiness (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — Ushma Shah invoked universal design in her debut before the School District U46 Board of Education at Monday’s regular school board meeting. That’s the architectural idea that designing a building to be accessible for people with disabilities — “with the widest and most inclusive vision” — really makes it better for everyone who uses it, Shah said. Curb cuts aren’t just used by people in wheelchairs, she pointed out, but also by people pushing strollers or carts. It’s also the idea behind Shah’s controversial position, created this summer, as the Elgin school district’s chief of equity and social justice. “These ideas are beginning to be translated into the field of teaching and learning. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, universal design for learning asks, ‘How can we design curriculum and classroom experiences that are as effective and inclusive as possible?’ ” she said. “When we do this in the design of our curriculum and how we design our classroom instruction, then we will serve the needs of more students and we’ll see better results for everyone.” Monday night, Shah called her role a “facilitator,” a part of the national conversation about how to close the achievement gaps between white and mostly Hispanic and black students. That’s not a position unique to U46, she told The Courier-News in an interview Tuesday. Similar positions are “beginning to pop up” in school districts in Highland Park and Boston, she said. But it is one that has brought some controversy to Illinois’ second-largest school district, which created the position with a six-figure annual salary even as it has made some tough budget cuts. Those come as the state has reduced or fallen behind in its payments to the district in the past few years. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Kevin D. Sherman for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

Designing equity (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

Technology upgrade in U-46 (Sun-Times Media)

SOUTH ELGIN — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin surveyed the display of Raid cans, jars of Miracle Whip and Welch’s jelly, bottles of International Delight coffee creamer and Tide-to-Go sticks at Hoffer Plastics Corp., all made at the South Elgin company. Touring the South Elgin facility Wednesday, he joked, “I’m going to learn something today. The education of a senator is a daunting task.” Durbin’s visit to Hoffer Plastics was one of many he has made across Illinois to hear stories from businesses that are “doing well in the recession and hiring people,” he said. He had just visited Kraft Foods Inc. in Champaign, “where they fill the Miracle Whip bottles,” Durbin said. The senator said he was glad Hoffer was one of the last stops. That’s because part of Hoffer’s story is the WorkKeys assessment, part of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Partnership and 1,000 Workers Skills Initiative. Durbin also took part in a roundtable discussion about that initiative with Hoffer Plastics President William Hoffer, Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and Elgin Area Chamber President Carol Gieske, among others. Area government, schools, businesses and the United Way of Elgin all are part of the initiative. “This is good. This is good news,” Durbin said. “After all these travels to Danville and all over the state, Macomb and Champaign, all these places I’ve gone, I’m glad this is one of the last stops because you’ve kind of explained to me what we need, and it’s there. We just need a commitment to it.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Durbin keys in on local efforts at job readiness (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

U46 closer to issuing bonds for second year (Sun-Times Media)