AM News: Daley Blames Union For Short School Day

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  • more about austin tech from the medill report
    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=181712

  • mary ellen caron headed to springfield to run the hope institute, according to this

    http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1512116472/Chicago-educator-administrator-to-become-president-of-Hope-Institute

  • The Mayor has a limited memory. The relatively short school day was given by the CPS Board years ago to teachers as a concession for lower pay increases. The Mayor is correct that the CTU would not ask its teachers to work 15 minutes more a day without compensation. Please recall that 15 more minutes a day equals one hour and 15 minutes a week or 5 additional hours per month. I was still in the CTU at that time and supported that position.

    During the course of the discussion about a longer school day Robin Steans from Advance Illinois has repeated talked about the longer school day in Houston Texas and how it benefits that districts poor children. But apparently she has not heard what is happening down in Texas right now.

    Houston Independent School District Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett told Houston Board of Education members in late January that the first draft of a state budget bill would likely cut spending on Houston schools by $202 million to as much as $348 million. Those figures represent a loss of 15 to 20 percent of HISD

  • Oh I'm sorry I cant shoot you with this gun it's 3:30, not 3:15!

  • talk is cheap -- time to get organized, says mike klonsky in this description of the UIC event from a couple days ago

    http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/2011/03/last-nights-forum-in-chicago.html

  • FMLA (the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993) provides for UNpaid leave. It just means that you will be able to return to your job after an unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks.

    Why would you NOT want to use your accumulated sick days? The alternative is not getting paid.

    Our paid sick and personal business leave days (up to 15 days over 39 weeks) is pretty generous. It would be comparable to 20 days for a 12-month job, and I doubt you'll find anyone working in private enterprise who gets that many paid days off.

  • Just so people know I did not do the cross post from Catalyst on the AQS situation at Austin, but I have no problem someone else did. We should not forget that the reason CPS has a shorter school day is not because it was something CTU had as a goal in its bargaining process, it was a trade for other things CPS wanted. I think it was a bad trade for students, but it was a deal made by the Board itself. George over at Substance has explained this in articles several time and those of us old enough to have been in the union under President Vaughn can recall how this all started.

    CPS is facing a major deficit, the critical objectives for the district are not increasing the school day right now but keeping teachers in front of students. Given that even with an increase in employment and an increase in state income taxes, the fiscal situation of CPS is not likely to improve for at least several years. In big part due to the collapse of property values and the opposition of Chicagoans to any property tax increase. As a home owner I can easily understand that opposition, but I also see the problem which cannot be fixed just by shutting down TIFs.

    As is Mayor Daley's pattern, when faced with the reality of his own management problems he turns to issues not related to the core issues. It was the Mayor that gave the current contracts out, including the CTU's if anyone is to blame it is him.

    Rod Estvan

  • The article cited, 4-13 was created in 2004, when Ms Lynch was CTU president. The time frame for instruction that exists that he Mayor is discussing relative to other major school districts happened in bit and pieces for years well before 2004 if I recall correctly. In some cases time was traded for payments to the pension fund as I recall. While the Mayor discusses 15 minutes a day, the reduction in working time was longer than that, however once upon a time in the 1960s most elementary school teachers also got around 50 minutes a day for lunch too that if I recall correctly was part of their paid school day.

    Rod Estvan

  • The first CTU strike was in May 1969, the next strike was in May 1971. While the contract in 1971 reduced class sizes it did involve modifications to the elementary school day. There was no opt out clause based on a school vote to the established school day in that contract. One good source to look at is John Lyons

  • Correction a minor one, CPS went broke in December 1979 not 1980.

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