Today's news is mostly the same as yesterday's -- more debate about a longer day (downtown and at Agassiz), condemnation of the Mayor for being hot-tempered and of CTU for being disorganized. Oh, and a kid got nearly killed on his way home from school. What a way to start high school (and the year).
School council in Lakeview debates longer school day Tribune: Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard have promised $150000 in discretionary money for schools ready to start a longer day this month and a $1250 bonus for each of those teachers.
CTU surveys Chicagoans on teachers and longer school day Tribune: About 70 percent agree with a longer school day but believe Chicago Public Schools teachers should be paid more for the additional instriction time.
Union raises an offer for a longer day without more teacher work time Tribune: CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said union researchers are still making some tweaks to the proposal.
Confused teachers' union steamrollered by City Hall Tribune: Although teachers at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood have already said they oppose a longer school day, the local school council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the issue with parents.
7th CPS school approves longer class day Tribune: On Tuesday, two more Chicago schools approved a longer school day for this year. By a narrow margin of 51 percent, teachers at Nash Elementary School, 4837 W. Erie St., voted in favor of a longer school day Tuesday afternoon.
Drop the drama and get to work on longer school day Sun Times: Unfortunately, the reality is that about half of the Chicago Public Schools students do not graduate from high school.
CPS' code of conduct should apply to the mayor Austin Weekly: I haven't seen many people comment on the fact that during a meeting about the Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Rahm demonstrated his lack of oratory skills.
High School Freshman Brutally Attacked After Studying In Logan Square Huffington Post: Brian DeLeon, a freshman at Phoenix Marine Academy, had been studying with his girlfriend Tuesday night and was walking in the 2900 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue when he was hit in the head with a "bat or a sledgehammer."
Businessman Robert Runcie chosen as Broward's new school superintendent Sun Sentinel: During his tenure, Runcie said he developed technology to monitor and prevent grade changing and tampering and started a GPS system to provide real-time tracking of bus drivers.
State SAT scores up, but does it matter? Tribune: Average SAT scores in Illinois increased across all subjects for the class of 2011, but the improved scores could be due to fewer graduates taking the test.
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