Today's news is dominated by the debate over the extended day proposal, which heated up over the weekend with an alleged cussing out from the Mayor and the ongoing dispute over how many schools have voted on the proposal:
Union claims many schools have voted 'no' to longer school day WBEZ: Sherry Williams teaches third grade at Stagg Elementary, where she’s also the union delegate. "The teachers did take a vote on Wednesday morning. And the teachers voted not to be a part of the pilot program. They did vote 24 to 1. Twenty-four no, 1 yes."
City, Union Stories on Votes Conflict CNC: Principals at two other schools on the list, Phoebe A. Hearst Magnet School and Mann Elementary School, both said votes had not been taken at their schools.
Legal experts say union challenge may have merit Catalyst: “The whole principle of our collective bargaining system, both for private sector and public sector employees like these teachers, is that the union is the exclusive bargaining representative of all of them,” Mike Zimmer, a labor and employment law professor at Loyola University says.
Duncan's Bus Tour Ends In Chicago Amid Union Lawsuit HuffED: CTU representatives did not attend the Chicago event, nor did Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery. Montgomery was originally scheduled to sit on the SB7 panel with Duncan and Emanuel. He did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Teachers union president says Mayor Emanuel ‘exploded’ at her Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel “exploded” at her during a conversation in his office about his signature longer-school-day effort, pointing his finger at her, yelling and telling her, “F--- you, Lewis.”
Going glove to glove with Mayor Emanuel Tribune (editorial): The woman who once promised a boxing match with Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the rights of teachers and the hearts of Chicago's public school children is getting up off the mat. Bullied and bludgeoned by weeks of intense public debate over a longer school day,...
Emanuel, CTU Must Come Together F0x (Renda): Mayor Rahm Emanuel and School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard have not wasted any time in their first 100 days in office pushing forward major reform initiatives for the Chicago Public schools.
CTU, schools should unite on longer day Sun Times (editorial): As veteran Schurz High School teacher Marilyn Weiss, who supports a longer day, told us: “Most teachers understand we have to lengthen the day but nothing done under coercion is going to work.”
Borders seller gives Chicago schools 8,000 books Tribune: A liquidation company participating in Borders Group's' going-out-of-business sales has donated about 8,000 to the Chicago Public Schools.
Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church opens new school building Sun Times: The new building, with 18 classrooms, serves more than 250 students in preschool through sixth grade. As part of its operation, parents are asked to donate 20 hours of service over the course of a year.
Illinois Math and Science Academy celebrates 25 years Sun Times: Idea, imagination, meaning, inquiry, engagement. These words describe the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in its 25th year of teaching high school students from around Illinois who show promise in science, technology and mathematics.
Input on performance evaluation Illinois School News (PDF): The process is expected to generate evaluation models and training for their implementation. Local school districts “will work collaboratively” to decide what system is the best fit for them, according to the PEAC site, and PERA “will be phased in across Illinois between now and 2016.