Six Schools Extend Schedules Monday

The day's news so far is that four more schools waived the schedule to do extended day, and for some of them that means starting a new schedule on Monday.

Schools gearing up for longer days Tribune: As they prepare for longer school days starting Monday, teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities.

Schools say ready to start longer day Tribune:  At Fiske Elementary in Woodlawn, an additional 30 minutes will be added each to reading, math and science. At Nash Elementary in Austin, teachers decided to extend each period by a minimum of 10 minutes.

Six Archdiocese of Chicago schools win national awards Sun Times: Six local Catholic schools have won national honors for excellence — the Blue Ribbon Award.

14-year-old charged in Washington Park neighborhood slaying Tribune: McGee, an 8th-grade student at nearby Ross Elementary School, according to Chicago Public Schools, was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead that afternoon. T

The price of influence in Chicago Tribune:  In the game of City Hall influence, the list of registered lobbyists serves as the unofficial roster. Found among the nearly 300 names are current and former government officials, lawyers for mayors past and present, and political insiders.

Law gives huge pension perks to union leaders Tribune:  All it took to give nearly two dozen labor leaders from Chicago a windfall worth millions was a few tweaks to a handful of sentences in the state's lengthy pension code.

A tale of two schools -- One South Side elementary thrives while a similar school nearby struggles Tribune:  Two Chicago Public Schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Northside College Prep High School, in the North Park neighborhood, one of the most competitive schools in the city

A Genius Grant For An Economist Who Studies Race And Inequality NPR: Roland Fryer has studied the effect of "distinctively black" names, as well as whether paying students is an effective way to boost their grades.

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  • zorn says that CTU should withdraw its protest for PR reasons --

    "The image problem teachers now have (obstructionist, self-interested) will explode into a crisis, which in turn will cost them leverage as they renegotiate the contract that starts next year."

    http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/09/legal-victory-would-be-a-pr-defeat-for-teachers-union.html

    interesting point but i think that might not be right -- the PR problem from flip flopping and letting CPS run over them is greater

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    When Mr. Zorn works long enough to earn tenure in a classroom dominated by students who are improverished along with a corrupt administration then I will listen to what he has to say. Otherwise, his comments are irrelevant.

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    This is a "stick your head in the sand" approach. Zorn is widely-read, and his opinion carries weight with voters. You can't just preach to the choir. You've got to convince voters that aren't paying close attention, and that have already formed first impressions of the CTU based on a 30-second Karen Lewis soundbite.

  • as a couple of you have noted, catalyst has a new look of sorts -- i think they're on wordpress now, a blogging platform that many folks use

    check it out -- do you like or not like?

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook

  • What is causing the CTU to lose leverage in negotiating next year's contract (Agreement) is the selling out by CTU members at the 13 Chicago Public elementary schools to approve the 90 minutes extended day by accepting the 2% bribe for teachers and $150,000 for the schools! P.S.- I don't like the new format for Catalyst.

  • FROM CATALYST: "The Oct. 6 broadcast of WBEZ's new call-in talk show "Schools on the Line" with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is for young people only. Brizard will be taking call from anyone under 21. What do you think of your teachers, your principal, standardized tests and homework? What after school activities do you have, and what activities do you think you should have? Is your school in good condition? Do you have a playground? For those of you who have graduated from CPS but are still under 21, what was the transition like for you after high school?" --- That last question would be really interesting coming from a student with disabilities and an IEP.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Shouldn't JCB know (or have people who know) which schools have playgrounds? Maybe this is minor compared to the myriad other issues we face right now, but we don't have a playground and it is depressing to think that if/when we add recess, our kids still won't really get the benefit of it.

  • Twisted

    Well I am not a lawyer but this is not the first time I have heard the
    powers to be insinuate our Union should surrender .As anyone who can read knows
    this longer day battle will be a mute point on June 30. But why would anyone so close
    To complete victory with SB7 care what the CTU does?
    Perhaps they hear the stirring of 30,000 teachers furious with all things political:
    translation ,the Democratic Party .I know teachers are a stubborn self centered
    group of people, but so where those who shocked the Democrats in New York
    last week . The PR game works two ways. Teachers are reeling from everything our
    friends from Washington to Springfield to Clarke Street are bashing us with.
    We are dangerous because what do we have to lose?
    Tenure –gone
    Pension- going , going ,gone
    Morale-Ya -Right
    Processional pride replaced by fear and rote drilling.
    What the democrats really want is for us to shut up and spread our cheeks.
    About time that monopoly is broken.

  • I will not give one penny to Obama or ever vote Democratic again...with friends like this who needs enemies??? A Union busting multi-millionaire mayor who made his money from investment banking and a politically corrupt appointment to the Freddy Mac board (before it went belly up) should be enough to stop all 30000 teachers and their significant others and most other working people in Chicago to stop and think about who they vote for......maybe it's time for a third party.....

  • In reply to ubiestmea:

    Yeah, that worked out real well in 2000 in Florida.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    Florida

    Dear West Looper

    You make my argument .If Florida 2000 happens here in 2012 there
    might just be enough angry former democratic teachers deciding who wins.

  • What the news isn't covering is the schools who aren't even bothering to vote because they find the whole offer laughable. I work at one of the best schools in the city and when the issue was discussed at a recent LSC meeting no one thought this was a good deal including parents. In fact most of them don't want 90 minutes. All they want is a little extra recess for their kids. There are far more no's than there are yes's out there. That story doesn't get covered though.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    There are so many schools that won't take a vote. And many more that had nearly every single staff member vote no. All I can think is if we go to the sample day that CPS has put out where we clock in at 7:50 a.m. and students arrive at 8:00 a.m. is that there will be no more staff meetings, sped collaboration meetings, grade level meetings. Most of these happen between 8:30 and 9 a.m. No way am I arriving at school at 7:00 a.m. to go to a meeting! Prep my classroom, yes, meetings, no. They'll have to arrange for those to be held during the day, which will be impossible, since there isn't staff to cover classrooms. And if my "face time" with students becomes 7.5 hours a day, that means I'll be putting in 37.5 hours with kids and another 30 on top of that each week. I will not be staying to meet with parents after school or to go to any other kind of meeting. They'll have to pay subs to cover classrooms for meetings. And there isn't money for that. Presently they are proposing 4 60 minute preps per week with one principal directed collaboration prep. Good luck fitting 3-5 hours worth of meetings into one hour during the school day.

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    In the past, subs have covered for the teachers who had to attend a disabled student's IEP meeting. How will those teachers attend? Will they still be available, as required?

  • Absolutely! While Obama talks positively about Unions and workers, he has allowed his budies to conduct aggressive attacks on organized labor. So much for CHANGE.

  • So, who will you be voting for? Romney, Perry, Bachman, or an independent. Wisconsin is the warning that not enough people are heeding.

  • Steve Rhodes points out on Beachwood Reporter online:

    * "Many of the top-earning lobbyists have ties to top city and state politicians," the Tribune reports.

    "For example, onetime Emanuel attorney Michael Kasper and his associates, Courtney Nottage and David Dring, are listed as taking in nearly $236,000 to lobby the mayor, aldermen and others during the six-month period, the data show. Among the firm's clients were Advocate Health Care Network, Apple Inc. and the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a nonprofit that runs 19 public 'turnaround' schools Emanuel's schools chief has praised..."

  • Wish Jovarsky would put more reporting into his CPS pieces: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rahm-emanuel-takes-on-teachers-union/Content?oid=4667620. There are facts that could back up his take on things. He'd also have to address those schools like Disney II that already had a lot of parent funding and a "longer day." There is a more robust story (with facts) to be told.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    agreed, but i'm glad he at least reminded readers that extending the day along the lines emanuel is pushing it isn't really anything more than following up on a half baked campaign promise. lots of folks and lots of reporters seem to think that the idea was arrived at and has been deployed with much greater thought and care than is the case.

  • this deborah meier commentary expressing concern about what's being done in chicago has been getting lots of readers and comments at edweek, FYI

    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2011/09/sept_22_2011_dear_diane.html

  • Why do people comment on thiings they don't care enough to research? Ms. Meier, with her usual affectation of hopeless condescencion, weighs in on the Chicago school day, without getting even the basic facts about it right.

    First, teachers are not being asked to work 90 more minutes. They are being asked to work 40 more minutes and they are getting more prepartion time during that 40 minutes as part of that 40 minutes.

    Second, teachers lament the lack of time they have with students and their inability to cover subjects with due to lack of time. There is no shortage of ideas of what to use the extra time for.

    Third, the elementary school day at CPS is a crime scence, with teachers cutting even the contractual day by 45 minutes and depriving students of at least 20 minutes of instruciton.

    Fourth, the school year is just as criminal. A huge amount time is used to teacher PD, which most teachers do not value at all.

    Fifth, the average teacher earns $55 per hour. At best the deal their getting reduces that a little, but certainly not to $4.00 an hour. Ms. Meier is speaking right of Jackson Potter's pressers on that. And he's no Greek philosopher.

    This is a bunch of bunk. Teachers need the extra time; they know what to do with it. The Teachers who agreed to this did it for a reason. And a damn good one.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    And those are the words of an anonymous troll too timid to put his name to its "ideas." Sheesh!

    Apparently, you don't get tired of being wrong, because you are wrong in your "facts" on every point you make. A less generous soul than mine might accuse you of being either a liar or a fool.

    Deb Meier's points were all spot-on. Of course, she's an educator with many years experience who knows what she's talking about.

    You, OTOH, aren't and don't.

    The teachers who agreed to sell out their profession and the children they teach for the approval of administrators are young and gullible. They will learn.

  • Please tell me you are not a teacher. Even allowing for typographical errors, your spelling and grammar is unbelievably poor. Your post loses a lot of its substance because of these errors as does your credibility! You might want to read what you've written before you hit the comment button. Also, have a dictionary handy for those big words. You will come across as being more intelligent.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Pot meet kettle.

    "...your spelling and grammar is unbelievably poor..."

    Um, yeah.

  • I stand corrected!

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