By Esther J. Cepeda | PUBLISHED: August 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm | UPDATED: August 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm CHICAGO — There’s a last time for every routine in a parent’s life: The last time you carry your child on your hip, the last time you read a bedtime story, the last time you throw a kiddie birthday party. This week marks an important milestone for me: It’s the first August I didn’t have to go buy back-to-school supplies for my sons. I’m loving it! My youngest is a senior in high school, and he simply plucked a couple of folders, a pen and a notebook out of the supply cabinet and trucked off to class. No more searching for just the right backpack, no more pitches about how a new iPhone could be considered a “school supply” — I’m all done. The National Retail Federation estimates families will spend an average of $684.79 on back-to-school shopping this year. And the number’s even higher for Latinos — U.S. Hispanic … [Read more...] about Cepeda: People helping teachers buy students’ supplies goes viral
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Teachers are spending a lot of their own money to make sure their students have everything they need. But two crafty teachers turned to their communities to help offset the cost of the supplies. Jennifer Boyle-Taurman had several boxes of school supplies to unpack for this school year. But they weren't supplied by her school nor purchased from her own pocket. The supplies were purchased by members of her community through her Amazon wish list. “It was very overwhelming,” Boyle-Taurman says. “In the best way.”Boyle-Tourman posted her wish list on social media, and not only did people start buying these items, but they went above and beyond. “I had people either send things to the school or people who offered, you know, ‘I don't have anything I can purchase on this list, but I have x y and z at home; would you want this?’” Boyle-Taurman recalled. “To someone meeting me at a Starbucks and giving me $100 in cash for … [Read more...] about Community steps up to help teachers buy school supplies
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to get Chicago cops and firefighters to spread out into the city’s struggling neighborhoods has yet to draw much interest.Six months after the mayor dangled a monetary carrot to try to get them to purchase homes in high-crime parts of the South and West sides, just two police officers have taken advantage, according to the city Department of Planning and Development. And both closed on houses in the South Side Chatham neighborhood that’s already known as a favorite landing spot for first responders and other city workers.Emanuel’s program offers $30,000 loans to police officers and firefighters to buy a home in certain more violent areas of the city. If they stay for at least 10 years, they don’t have to pay the city back. It’s an idea employed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in previous decades that Emanuel restarted last year.Because of the low participation so far, some aldermen are suggesting changes. But the … [Read more...] about Emanuel plan to get police to buy homes in more violent neighborhoods hasn’t netted many sales yet
Matthew Michaels, provided by Published 12:00 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Google Earth Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Miraloma Elementary School in SF. A new study by Trulia has discovered that although SF teachers are among the highest paid in the country, they can't afford the gross majority of homes in SF. Miraloma Elementary School in SF. A new study by Trulia has discovered that although SF teachers are among the highest paid in the country, they can't afford the gross majority of homes in SF. Photo: Google Earth Teachers in SF are among highest paid in U.S. They still can't afford 99% of houses in the city. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery At current salary levels, teachers in many cities across the US can't afford to live near the schools where they teach. In San Francisco, less than 1% of homes on the … [Read more...] about Teachers in SF are among highest paid in U.S. They still can’t afford 99% of houses in the city.
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