Today's big news seems to be the rejection of the 2 percent / 90 minute / 2 week proposal for elementary schools starting in January from the Board. Did CTU decide on its own or have to put the proposal before the HOD or to a vote? Apparently not. Does the Board have the money to do this? No one seems to know. Are teachers at "pilot" schools being urged to agree to longer days/ years? Apparently so (though I'm not sure which three schools). Also, some other news. TGIF!
Chicago teachers union rejects longer day WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools wanted 90 more minutes of class for elementary schools this year, an idea schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard floated on TV this week. He said the district would somehow find the money to give teachers 2 percent raises.
CTU Rejects Pay Increase For Extended School Day Progress IL: The union also says CPS has not laid out plans for how it will fund the resources needed for a longer school day and are encouraging teachers at three schools experimenting with the concept to reject the plans to do so.
Teachers reject 2 percent pay hike for 90 more minutes in school day Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union Thursday rejected an offer of a 2 percent raise in exchange for working 90 additional minutes per school day. The rejection came as Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on pastors to preach for the need for a longer school day — and school year — from the pulpit this Sunday.
Teachers Union Rejects Pay Raise Offer Fox: Elementary school teachers in Chicago will not be working a longer school day for a two percent pay raise.
Mayor backs longer school day for extra pay plan Clout Street: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he supported Chicago Public Schools' latest offer to teachers for a 2 percent raise in return for a longer school day.
Parents, teachers tout classroom councils to boost engagement Catalyst: All of the classroom’s parents are considered members of the council; they are represented by a teacher-appointed board, which consists of a chair (who was Jackson), a vice-chair, and a secretary.
Free Music School’s Cost: A Week on the Sidewalk CNC: The demand for arts instruction is demonstrated each year by the line of parents waiting to enroll their children in the free People’s Music School in Uptown.
While Pushing Through the Longer School Day, Some Things to Keep in Mind CNC (editorial): The time has come for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push through the 90-minute extension to the school day, but there are other aspects of the city’s educational difficulties to keep in mind.