Today's news includes a hodge-podge of items including the labor hearing about the longer day (don't care) and a Thomas Friedman column singing the praises of the Emanuel administration. Anyone dressing up as a longer school day for Halloween?
Longer CPS school day to get state hearing WBEZ: The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board is calling for a December hearing and will consider next week whether a preliminary injunction should be granted to stop the district’s “Longer Day Pioneer Program.”
Union's labor complaint gains steam Catalyst: by Rebecca Harris and Sarah Karp: Even if the IELRB decides to seek an injunction against CPS, it would then have to convince Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to file suit against the district for unfair labor practices.
Which way for US? Look to Chicago Houston Chronicle: Emanuel's pride and joy is the new mandate that he and his schools chief, Jean-Claude Brizard, pushed through for next year to have the school day for Chicago's 400000 students extended by 90 minutes and the school year by about a week.
Breaking Down Chicago’s TIF District Spending CNC: The records were not listed by spending category, so the CNC categorized thousands of payments according to the type of spending, ultimately tracking all but 2 percent of the city’s TIF spending, and making it possible to provide a detailed breakdown of how TIF dollars were spent during Daley’s final two terms.
Progressives to meet CMW: Miguel del Valle and Delmarie Cobb are calling a meeting of local progressives Saturday to assess the new political situation, which seems to be shifting daily.
Tight times but bigger salaries Chicago Sun-Times: As BGA President Andy Shaw told the Sun-Times' Rosalind Rossi a few months ago, “People who take over a struggling school system ought to implement some positive changes before they are paid ...
Casualties of a labor war: Last week a state labor board ordered a hearing on a Chicago Teachers Union complaint that school officials illegally "threatened and coerced" teachers into adding 90 minutes to the school day at 13 elementary schools.
North Lawndale student makes most of free ride at college Sun Times: Maintain a 3.0 GPA, score a 20 on the ACT college entrance exam — and get a free ride to college.
City Year hosts national 'dropout crisis' awareness drive for Northwestern ... Daily Northwestern: A little more than half of Chicago Public Schools students graduate high school after four years, according to City Year.
Casualties of a labor war Chicago Tribune: The union says that Chicago Public Schools officials violated labor law in how they went about persuading teachers at the 13 schools to spend more time each day in the classroom.
Suburban schools' dilemma: Mandates vs. quality Chicago Daily Herald: Roger Eddy, a Hutsonville Republican and downstate superintendent, argues that because suburban and downstate districts do more busing than Chicago Public Schools, they're disproportionately affected by the state's choice of which bills to leave unpaid...
No cupcakes here! Gold-medal school fights obesity Chicago Tribune: Teachers, parents and students have embraced the rigorous curriculum and kids even call it "fun." From the outside, it's a drab ...
School Rocks! with Cheap Trick: An Evening of Music for Students in Need Examiner.com: The event raises money through a concert, auction and donations to further San Miguel Schools' efforts to