Extended Day Dollars For Charters?

Today's news is that the Board is going to consider extending the extended learning incentives to charter schools at tomorrow's monthly meeting, that Superintendent Brizard gave a speech at the Urban League, and that the CTU and CPS are fighting for the support of the ministers.

Charter Schools Could Get Longer Day Money CNC: Roughly 42 schools will be awarded money under the program, which Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Becky Carroll estimated will cost about $6 million.

CPS may extend longer-day incentives to charter schools Tribune:  Chicago Public Schools is considering offering financial incentives to charter schools willing to adopt a longer school day this year.

Two coaches, four students charged in videotaped football hazing Sun Times: Two assistant football coaches and four students at Prosser Career Academy on the Northwest Side have been charged with misdemeanor battery.

Opportunity in CPS Admissions CNC:  Magnets and selective-enrollment schools are indeed more integrated than neighborhood schools, but in recent years the racial balance has fluctuated. In the past five years, the proportion of magnet school children who are black has decreased almost 10 percentage points, and the proportion of children in classic schools who are white has risen roughly 9 percentage points.

Chicago Schools CEO weighs in on bullying Sun Times:  “How many of you were subject to bullying while you were in school?” Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard raised his hand even if he was the one who posed the question.

Brizard calls racial achievement gap 'unacceptable' Catalyst: CEO Jean-Claude Brizard challenged a Chicago Urban League audience on Monday to become more forceful advocates for better education, in order to close the widening achievement gap between minority and white students in CPS.

Chicago Teachers Union Responds To Protesters Progress IL: The Chicago Teachers Union released a statement in response to a group of religious figures who demonstrated outside of their headquarters in protest of their push back against the Longer School Day Pioneer Program.


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  • protest library cuts, via PURE

  • text of JCB speech, via CPS


  • all the charters that I have looked at have had extended hours. 8 to 3:30 or 7:45 to 4pm one even went to 5pm.
    CiCS Bucktown goe starts at 8 and ends at 3:30. What is the big deal, it is already in place.

  • 1. For the record, this may be distinguishable from the unfair labor practice complaint in that CPS is negotiating with independent contractors, not union members.

    2. However, if Guatemom is correct, CPS would be giving out money without any consideration in return.

    3. The link to Progress IL indicates the kind of intraclass* warfare that is breaking out in the state--CTU might be right about the legal point, but the preachers aren't buying it. At least in the transportation area, everyone in authority has to bow down to the preachers.

    *I had to think it over, but intraclass is correct, and probably also intraracial. The strife is within those groups, not like Occupy against the rich.

  • cps extended day FB page doesn't load right for me but maybe you'll have better luck


  • For all of Brizard's blame on the schools-he narry mentions parents or lack of them. Who will point to parent responsibility? How do we fix non-parent?

  • Brizard is a minstrel show. Rahm pulling the strings with support of his corporate handlers. Nothing more and nothing less.

  • I couldn't help but notice, speaking of charter schools, how well the Noble street group did on their ACTs. What do they do that works?

    Why can't the general neighborhood high schools take the top students out of the classes and placing them in the same class so they could sharpen each other? I know the SEs do this overall but if each school could do this, too, it might make a neighborhood high school a little better of an option for a parent whose child is a good student. I was disappointed to read the stories in a recent Catalyst of how the good students that the neighborhood high schools do get, aren't challenged.

  • In reply to cermakRd:


    CPS highly discourages elementary neighborhood schools from tracking kids into ability groups. Charters found a way to do it. The first filter is parents willing to fill out all the applications - this separates those parents willing to sacrifice their time and effort from those who can or will not. Second, if selected, parents have to sign a contract obligating them to the demands of the charter. If the parent or child cannot meet the obligations, the child is out. Simply put, they broke the charter 'contract'. Exit!

  • Dear CermakRd

    Most general high schools already concentrate the best students
    In IB classes or Advanced Placement Classes, or Honors Classes. It
    Has the desired effect on test scores.
    But on the other hand the same approach is usually applied to the
    Worst students whose test scores confirm their placement.
    Lost in this are the Special Education students who constitute almost
    20% in many high schools. When you take into consideration that almost
    All the Charter Schools and SE schools do not bother with educating indifferent Students or Special Education kids it is a wonder the test scores for Genera lHigh Schools are as good as they are.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    The school in the Catalyst article was Marshall and it didn't seem to have any of that (IB, Honors, Double Honors etc).

    I would think that with supports, some of the special ed students might be able to do well? I mean, I know some aren't going to, but isn't the point of SPED to teach the students how to cope with their disabilities? And after 6 years of it (say 9th graders) wouldn't some of the SPED students be doing well enough? My niece was in Sped from 1rst - 9th grades (ADHD) and is now no longer receiving services because she no longer needs it. Don't some Sped students fall into those categories? Or is my niece in a special position because her Mother is a SPED teacher (not CPS) so was able to agitate for services etc?

    I guess I would argue that SPED students and indifferent students have the same right to enroll in the lottery to go to Noble. I know the indifferent probably won't and SPED parents may fear their children being underserved. I also understand leakage of students who decide they can't /don't want to do the workload/put up with the rules of Noble. Those students return to the neighborhood school. But I don't think those numbers are enough to affect the ACT scores by a large amount.
    And if the answer to getting good scores out of good students is to group the good students together, why aren't all the neighborhood schools doing that?

  • No blood money for the charter schools!

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