There were lots of comments on the blog over the weekend about the pros and (mostly) cons of a longer school day, and about the three schools where weak-willed teachers decided to give it a try, and lots of news coverage of the same -- even an NPR story -- but I'm not sure I get what the big deal is. I get that teachers want to be consulted and paid for more time -- though I don't think that arguing for raises based on hourly rates puts teaching in a positive light, or recognizes the economy we're in. And obviously more time needs to be used well if it's going to make a difference -- just look at how little all those PD days seem to generate by way of better teaching. (How about swapping the PD days out for more class time?) But I'm not sure how far anyone gets arguing that more time in class is a bad thing for Chicago's kids. At very worst, it's another few minutes of time they're safe if not necessarily learning more (ie, more of what they're getting now). At best, it's helping them catch up with other kids in other parts of the state, nation, world. What'm I missing?
Fight Looms Over Chicago School Day NPR: In Chicago, the nation's third largest school system starts a new school year at a crossroads: a new mayor and his new schools chief are trying to shake up the status quo. But teachers say they want the extra instructional time to be time well spent.
Teachers union takes case for backing labor to churches Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union members took their message to the city’s churches, speaking to congregations about justice in the labor market and soliciting support for a public school system they said is under attack.
CPS starts school amid school-day length debate ABC7: Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students and more than 20000 teachers return to class Tuesday. The new school year begins amid controversy over longer school days and years as well as canceled ...
Three CPS schools break from union, OK longer school day Sun Times:Three city elementary schools broke from the Chicago Teachers Union Friday, voting in favor of a controversial proposal to add 90 minutes to the school day this year.
As Schools Break Ranks, Union Looks for Answers CNC: Lewis’ statement that a strike is currently off the table may be a step toward repositioning the union. At Wednesday’s rally she urged teachers to be active in their communities and to save the receipts for anything they purchase for school.
Teachers union says CPS used "bribes" and "coercion" to get longer day at 3 schools WBEZ: The teachers union is accusing Chicago Public Schools of bribing teachers at three schools that agreed to adopt a longer school day.
Mayor Emanuel's hour-long appearance on 'Chicago Tonight' Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday touted his administration's success in getting three Chicago elementary schools to agree to extend their day by 90 minutes and urged other schools to follow suit.<
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