Today's news is dominated by the revelation that CPS head JC Brizard has apparently waved a white flag on the ELT wars, sending a letter to CTU head Karen Lewis inviting her to help him out. Plus the rest of the day's news headlines:
Brizard failed to sway the rank and file to a longer school day this year Tribune: Friday, Brizard sent a letter to union leader Karen Lewis saying "the time is right to turn the Pioneer Project into a collaboration between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union leadership."
Brizard to union: 'Time is right' to work together Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard sent a letter to the teachers union president Friday asking her to help pick 25 more schools that could implement longer hours beginning in January.
CPS’s Brizard to teachers union: You pick next 25 schools for longer day Sun Times: Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard Friday offered to let the Chicago Teachers Union select the next 25 schools to join a longer-school-day pilot — an idea union officials immediately rejected as “totally absurd.’’
Brizard Letter Urges CTU Collaboration Fox: Chicago Public Schools Chief Jean Claude Brizard told the teachers' union Friday that it's time the two bodies worked together on a longer school day.
New ordinance would force banks to guard vacant homes or face fines Tribune: Two of the first five houses immediately west of George Leland Elementary School are vacant, and the boarded-up home next to Sherman Carter's has long served as a haven for dogfighters and drug dealers, he said.
Proposal requires property owners to secure vacant buildings near schools Sun Times: Members of the Chicago Teachers Union, city aldermen and public safety advocates gathered Sunday to announce a plan to help keep Chicago Public School children safe.
September Headlines: Budget suggestions, Chicago sports exits and the length of the school day WBEZ: While the sound of leaves crunching underneath may soon fill the air, one of September’s big activities has been number crunching.
The trial of school superintendent William McAndrew WBEZ: The Board of Education had hired McAndrew in 1924, telling him to clean up the school system. That he had done. Most of his reforms were applauded. But he'd also antagonized many people in the process.