Record Attendance Claimed

Today's news is mostly about the CPS claims of higher attendance - woo hoo! -- but I and others are curious about how high attendance really was at your school(s).  Did it seem all that different from past years?  Do you have any sense of whether the home visits and robocalls made any difference?

CPS gives itself high marks as first-day attendance rises Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials on Wednesday touted an upswing in first-day attendance at most schools this year. First-day attendance Tuesday rose to 94.7 percent of students, up from 92.9 percent last year.

First day Chicago Public School attendance up Sun Times: Opening-day attendance among Chicago public school students reached its highest level since a new tracking system was introduced four years ago, district officials announced Wednesday.

School's back in session, some longer than others WBEZ: Issues like scrapped teacher raises and the length of the school day contributed to the acrimony. The CTU refused to give into the city’s attempts to increase the time students – and teachers – spend at school.

Schools Aim to Keep Students On Track At a Critical Juncture CNC:  Freshman Connection, launched in the summer of 2008, is a four-week summer program that provides incoming students with extra math and literacy instruction, as well as a course designed to address skills such as time management and conflict resolution.

New principal at Austin Polytech Austin Weekly: In her former position as principal of the Global Visions Academy, Austin increased the number of students with access to and taking AP courses and expanded learning opportunities for the high school students despite budget constraints.

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  • Mays Elementary School became the fourth Chicago Public school to waive and approve a longer school day of 90 minutes by a vote of 18 for 4 against by the teachers.

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