Today's news is all about the addition of a 4th school where teachers have apparently voted to extend the day schedule this year and the possibility that more may join them -- Disney teachers are considering it and charter schools are eager to find out if they qualify. Meantime, CTU is claiming that dozens of schools have voted the proposal down but hasn't named any schools yet.
Charter Schools Eye Longer Day Incentives CNC: Broy estimates that 81 of the city’s 103 charters would qualify for the extra money.
Disney teachers mulling longer day Tribune: At a local school council meeting Thursday, Disney teachers asked questions about what a longer day would look like, but they also worried aloud that taking the vote was akin to crossing a picket line.
Teachers union chief: Emanuel declared war over longer school day Sun Times: The union’s complaint with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board came as teachers at a fourth school — Benjamin Mays Elementary in Englewood — voted to waive the existing CTU contract and add 90 more minutes to the school day in exchange for 2 percent raises and other perks.
Englewood school is fourth in Chicago to adopt longer class day Sun Times: Teachers at Benjamin Mays Elementary, 838 W. Marquette, overwhelmingly agreed to work 90 minutes longer, beginning in January.
Council Backs Emanuel’s Longer School Day Push CNC: Alderman on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution urging Chicago Public Schools to immediately add 90 minutes to the school day despite union opposition. The vote of political support came shortly after a South Side elementary school became the fourth city school to extend its day.
Council backs longer school day; Burke ‘embarrassed’ by teachers union Sun Times: A City Council packed with allies of organized labor on Thursday took a powerful stand against the Chicago Teachers Union by supporting a longer school day championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Cash incentives will continue for schools moving to longer day WBEZ: Chicago’s public school district will keep offering cash incentives to teachers and schools that add 90 minutes of class time to their school day.
The teacher honor roll grows Tribune (editorial): Kudos to the teachers at Mays Elementary Academy in Englewood, who voted Thursday to expand the instructional day by 90 minutes. They've joined our honor roll of teachers giving students the valuable extra class time they need to excel.
Raby hires successful, controversial coach Tribune: Chris Head, the high school basketball coach known for winning as much as for his troubled past, is returning to the court.
Longer School Days Are Just a Start CNC (Warren): Four schools constitute a pebble in the ocean of a huge system, yet Emanuel is on course to weaken union leverage in bargaining a new contract and to achieve his end.
Federal grant expands early math project with a new PreK-3 focus Catalyst: U.S. Department of Education officials stopped in at the Erikson Institute Thursday morning to highlight the Early Mathematics Education Project, winner of a $5 million federal Investing in Innovation grant.