Today's news is dominated by the news that the Board and the union are determined to fight over longer school days through the rest of the year. The Board seems to fear a final decision against them and hopes to win over more schools than the current paltry number of 13. The union seems worried that more schools will vote for the extension and doesn't care that squashing the Board's initiative will disrupt schools and kids who're already implementing the new schedule. Plus other news.
CPS will 'vigorously' defend longer school day in court WBEZ: A state labor board has sided mostly with the Chicago Teachers Union on the issue of Chicago’s longer school day.
State labor board advances union effort to halt longer school day Sun Times: The move is a blow to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to implement a longer day this year, and district officials said they were “disappointed” with the board’s decision. But the 13 schools that already voted to implement the longer day won’t be forced to shorten their schedules just yet.
CPS push for longer days may be cut short Tribune: A state labor relations board sided with the Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday, asking the state attorney general's office to seek an injunction to keep more of Chicago public schools from lengthening their days.
Emanuel defends longer school day despite labor board ruling WBEZ: So far 13 CPS schools have adopted the extension. If granted, those schools could be forced to revert back to the original, shorter school day.
Labor board seeks injunction against longer school day Catalyst: The IERB t will not try to get the schools that have already implemented the schedule to revert to a standard schedule. On Dec. 14, arguments in the case will begin, and an administrative law judge will recommend a decision in the case.
Out of the Shadows: How public schools are failing mentally ill kids WBEZ: He’s a bit tall for his age and acts like a little gentleman. But at the age of seven, he’s just learning how to dress himself and, unlike most kids his age, doesn’t look both ways before crossing the street.
A Tale of 3,400 Retired Teachers and a Possible $90 Million Math Mistake NYT: In January 2005, the Chicago school board filed suit against the pension fund after discovering what it concluded to be continuing overpayments to 3,400 teachers who retired between 1999 and 2004.
Teacher Put in $127K, Got $2.5M PensionFox: A group called United Taxpayers of America put out a list of the top 100 teacher pensions at Chicago Public Schools Thursday that shows how much teachers are paid relative to what they put in.
Teachers find themselves like bakers without a recipe Medill: Since 2010, history teachers have been awaiting the release of new learning standards. Now they are left scrambling for answers after the group they expected to develop the standards said it wasn't going to.