They're Not Done Yet

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.


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  • Alex,
    You take time to criticize the union but fail to criticize Rhambo for breaking the law.

    Also, Brizard notified teachers via email that in spite of the ruling, the illegal maneuver will continue.

  • United Taxpayers of America needs to be honest. The list of pensioners who retired from CPS who are raking in these pensions did not retire as teachers: check out the list on their web-site and you will find superintendents, Central Office Administrators and principals NOT teachers. Mr Tobin, the head of Taxpayers of America is being very dishonest in his attack on teachers.

  • Just shows us how there is a full front attack on public education and the teachers union by untruthful ideological hacks.

  • In that most of the reports are that the IELRB asked the AG to seek an injunction, it sure looks like "and hopes to win over more schools than the current paltry number of 13" is going to be prevented legally. So, even if you have a source for that remark, it isn't going to happen this year.

  • Alex,

    Did you criticized the board when they disrupted the schedule of students and teachers by introducing the extended day plan after the start of the school year? Moreover, did you criticized the board when they disrupted the lives of the children of teachers and parents who were not in favor of the extended day due to child care issues?

  • "would a school be allowed to add 90 minutes to its day if there was no money involved? If CPS had offered more school-level money but no teacher-level money would the plan be kosher? Does CPS’ new principal merit bonus plan present the same problem? Why wasn’t TAP money (teacher merit pay) a problem?" questions from seth lavin anyone know the answers?

  • Answer our questions first.

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