* News that CPS was replacing of 80 principals made big news, but WBEZ and Catalyst report that the figure’s relationship to actual performance-based change was unclear; a lot of it is natural turnover.
* CPS is cutting foreign language instruction at elementary magnet schools. They say that if the department is funded at last year’s levels the classes will return, but that’s not part of the governor’s plan, and obviously the legislature doesn’t have a budget plan right now.
* From the end of this Catalyst article: “But if lawmakers are able to pass a bill with level education funding and CPS’ deficit is only $300 million, Huberman said Tuesday he will fill the gap by asking the union to make some concessions. According to the union contract, CPS is supposed to pay the teachers an additional 4 percent in the coming year.” Which makes the recent top-level raises—sorry, increased salaries—strategically awkward.