Today's news is that, well, it's getting colder. There are Halloween decorations up here and there. Otherwise, no big changes -- other than schedule changes in about a week for the handful of schools that have agreed to extend their days. What else? Seems like there's got to be lots more going on than we're hearing.
Chicago's Mayor Challenges Teachers Union NYT: One by one, teachers at public elementary schools here have been voting to buck their own union and take Mayor Rahm Emanuel up on an unusual offer: to accept bonus pay in exchange for waiving union contract provisions.
Superfans show spirit across suburban high schools Tribune: Dozens of Illinois lawmakers got the visiting-dignitary treatment from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on a recent Thursday trip to Chicago, touring the city by CTA bus before joining the mayor for a private reception at Millennium Park.
Message to Chicago teachers from the boss Tribune: Thousands of parents across the city bundle their kids off to school every day with only a vague notion of how the school is performing.
A teaching moment Tribune: Teachers at nine Chicago elementary schools have voted to extend the school day by 90 minutes. Those schools and those teachers have earned a spot on our expanding honor roll. They're putting students first.
Charter school for soccer hopefuls opens in Chicago Fox News: In South America, future soccer stars learn the game on vacant lots or improvised playing fields, but in Chicago the dream of becoming a professional can begin at a new K-8 charter school.
Elementary school construction costs: CPS vs. UNO WBEZ: The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages school construction projects and renovations for Chicago Public Schools.
Recess Making Comeback in Chicago Schools CNC: Beginning in November, the city’s Department of Public Health will require children who attend preschool or day care centers in Chicago to spend less time in front of television or computer screens — 60 minutes or less — and more time, at least an hour a day, participating in physical activity.
HistoryMakers bringing actress Marla Gibbs to Phillips High School Sun Times: It has been 38 years since Emmy Award-winning actress Marla Gibbs — best known for her role as the wise-cracking maid Florence on “The Jeffersons” — stepped foot in Wendell Phillips High School.
Broward's schools chief comes from humble beginnings Miami Herald: In 2003, Arne Duncan, then head of Chicago Public Schools, approached Runcie about joining his management team.
Chicago's Longer School Day: Reform, Politics Or Both? Huffington Post: "Aabout 20" CPS schools have voted, thus far [including Hendricks], to uphold the existing contract and not extend their instructional day this year, according to CTU press secretary Stephanie Gadlin.
The Man Who Has Hurt Education Most Says Gambling Expansion Will Hurt Schools Michael Ciric: This is a man who has made talking out of both sides of his mouth an art form!
School Spotlight: Montessori Magnet Programs Little Kids, Big City: Did you know that there are three magnet schools in Chicago that incorporate the Montessori philosophy into their classrooms? And that they are free?