Who Won? Who Lost? Who Cares?

Check out all the news coverage and press statements about the agreement between CPS and CTU about the Emanuel effort to convince schools to adopt a longer school day.  Then let us know if you care, who won, and so what?

Union to announce deal with CPS on longer school day Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union has called a news conference at noon Friday to discuss details of an agreement reached with Chicago Public Schools over the longer school day issue.

CTU and CPS Agree on Longer School Day Fox: The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have reached an agreement on a longer school day.


Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 12:12:27 -0500

Subject: Letter from CEO Brizard on Agreement Reached with CTU on Longer School Day This year!

November 3, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, over the past several months our district’s leadership team and the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) have been involved in a dispute over the votes by individual schools to adopt a longer school day.  Recently, that dispute led the CTU to file a request with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) to seek preliminary injunctive relief directing the Board of Education to stop implementing a longer school day through school waiver votes.  The IELRB issued a complaint over the 13 schools that had adopted a longer school day, and subsequently, it unanimously issued an order authorizing its general counsel to file a court action seeking injunctive relief.

Though we have not resolved our dispute over the legality of the waiver votes at 13 schools, our leadership team and the CTU have agreed to avoid a costly court battle over an injunction that would be disruptive to the Chicago Public Schools.  Accordingly, the district has agreed that it will not, for the duration of the current CTU labor contract:

-         implement a lengthened school day at any Chicago Public School whose teachers and paraprofessionals are represented by the CTU and who did not previously vote to authorize a lengthened school day.

-         deal directly with employees about the length of the school day or compensation for working a longer school day, offer inducements to employees to vote in favor of lengthening the school day, or unilaterally modify the terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union.

I have instructed the principals at all district schools to observe these terms. CTU President Karen Lewis and I agree that we need to turn the page and get on with the work of educating every child in every neighborhood.  We are resolved to move forward in a mutually respectful and collaborative relationship.

I want to thank the CTU’s leadership for working with us to resolve this matter. And I want to thank you for your continued support and commitment.
Jean-Claude Brizard


Chicago Teachers Union wins victory in ‘longer school day’ dispute

CPS agrees to stop violations of collective bargaining rights

 CHICAGO – At the conclusion of an eight-hour negotiation session Thursday with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, Board of Education President David Vitale and officers of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU),   an agreement was reached  to end  the Board’s efforts  to convert  more CPS schools to a longer school day schedule this year.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated in part of the session held at city hall that included CTU President Karen GJ Lewis, Vice President Jesse Sharkey and school board officials.

The settlement puts an end to CPS’ current campaign to lengthen the school day this school year by negotiating directly with employees represented by the Union.  The Board also agreed that for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year it will not seek waiver votes at any additional schools beyond the 13 that have already converted to new hours, subject to the outcome of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge in Case No. 2012-CA-0009-C.

Both parties agreed to immediately ask the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB) to withdraw its request to the Illinois Attorney General for injunctive relief.  It also states that if the Board violates this agreement the IELRB’s general counsel may request that the Attorney General file a motion for a preliminary injunction and that the Board will not object to the IELRB’s request.

The agreement, however, does not circumvent the pending ULP hearing before the IELRB on the merits of the complaint scheduled for December 14 in Chicago, nor does it force the 13 schools to revert back to their old schedules unless there is a ruling from the IELRB following the hearing or the Union and Board reach a further settlement.

CTU took issue with CPS’ waiver campaign that included financial inducements and other methods of coercion for teachers if they signed away their wage privileges in exchange for a one-time, payment of $1,250 to $700.   On October 20 the IELRB ruled 5-0 in favor of seeking an injunction against CPS and sent the matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

“This is a major victory for our students, parents and teachers who understand that a longer school day should be a better one—and that involves planning before implementation,” said Lewis. “This agreement stops what would have been a costly and protracted legal battle against the Board of Education.  Now that this distraction has ended we can plan for a better school day for our students when all schools switch to extended schedules next year.”

CTU was not opposed to a longer school day, contending the issue was a moot point.  Instead, labor leaders and teachers instead called for a “better school day,” one that included a rich, broad curriculum, smaller class sizes, upgrades to school facilities and compensation for teachers and paraprofessionals.

“This victory is for all unions and members, not just the CTU and the hard working teachers and paraprofessionals who proudly don our name,” she continued. “It reaffirms what the future should look like for collective bargaining in Illinois, and that CTU will be at the table helping to craft the future for our 400,000 students.”

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ statement on agreement with Board of Education

CHICAGO – Today the Chicago Teachers Union President Karen GJ Lewis released the following statement regarding an agreement between the Union and the Board of Education on the debate over implementing a “longer school day” this year in neighborhood schools:

“On October 20th, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board authorized Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek an injunction blocking the Chicago Public Schools from extending the longer school day to any more schools by unlawful means.

“Attorney General Lisa Madigan notified the CTU and CPS that she was prepared to file for that injunction.

“But I am pleased to report to you that after an 8-hour meeting yesterday, CPS has voluntarily agreed to stop the unlawful school waiver program of in its tracks.  The meeting was attended by Vice President Jesse Sharkey and me, Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, School Board President David Vitale, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, and others.

“CPS has agreed in writing that for the duration of this school year it will not conduct any more waiver votes to lengthen the school day and it will not implement longer school days at any more CTU-represented schools than the 13 schools that previously voted for them.

“Further, CPS has agreed in writing to stop dealing directly with Union-represented employees about length of school day or compensation for working it, to stop offering its employees any inducements to agree to a longer school day, and to stop violating our labor contract.

“The ultimate fate of the 13 schools that voted for longer day waivers will be decided after a formal hearing in December.  In its October 20th Order, the Labor Board ruled there was significant likelihood that the votes at those schools were illegal.  But the Labor Board did not demand to enjoin them because it would be disruptive to force them to change their curriculum a second time, mid-year, and we respect that decision.  These 13 schools are less than 2 percent of total number of CPS schools, employ less than 1% of CPS teachers, and educate less than ½ percent of CPS students.

“We respectfully acknowledge the Chicago Public Schools and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard for voluntarily agreeing to stop the longer day waiver program in its tracks rather than forcing a showdown with the Attorney General.   As part of our agreement, Mr. Brizard is personally notifying every CPS teacher and paraprofessional today of his decision to stop conducting the waiver votes and stop direct dealing with CPS teachers.

“As the Union has stated numerous times on the record, it does not oppose a longer school day, but it seeks a better school day that is fairly implemented.

“I am happy to report that the CTU, Board and Mayor came to an agreement to end the dispute over longer school day waivers.

“This means that we can get back to the important work of teaching our students and discussing how to best improve our school day.  Research is clear that a broad curriculum and smaller class sizes are key to improving student performance.  We look forward to discussing with the Board how to best implement a school day, district wide, that is not just longer, but is also better.

“As the IELRB stated in its October 20, 2011 order, ‘The hallmark of American law is the contract.  It is the basis of the American rule of law and freedom.  In America, the parties freely choose to enter into an agreement and to be bound by the four corners of the agreement for the agreed upon term.  Here, the contract at issue is a collective bargaining agreement between the Union and the Employer.  ….. In the United States of America, no entity is above the law.  No individual, corporation or governmental entity is free to unilaterally abrogate its contractual agreements without following the appropriate legal process, in this case review by the administrative agency established by the legislature to administer the law, and ultimately by the courts, as they have final review of administrative rulings.’

“Now that everyone is in agreement that negotiations over how to improve educational performance in Chicago need to respect the rule of law, we can get on to actually talking about how to do that.”



The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve. CTU, an affiliate of theAmerican Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information visit CTU’s website atwww.ctunet.com.


West Side community reacts following CTU press conference

“It is a sad day for Chicago residents when the Chicago Teachers Union celebrates an arrangement that blocks students from spending more time in the classroom with their teachers.  Make no mistake, today’s announcement hurts the thousands of kids throughout the city who desperately need more instructional time.

“Our school district is in systemic failure. Now is the time for adults to start acting responsibility and make the necessary sacrifices for Chicago’s children. For too long their education has come second to one’s own self interest.”


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  • South Chicago Community Network statement (a bunch of these have come out today -- seems like a concerted effort to express displeasure / undercut CTU claims of victory):

    Group disappointed in union deal to end longer school day initiative this year

    CHICAGO – Sonia Del Real, of the South Chicago Community Network, a group of parents, LSC members and community members from the Southeast Side, issued the following statement in response to news the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) reached a deal with CPS to halt the longer school day pioneer program.

    “We are disappointed to learn our children will no longer have the opportunity to benefit from a longer school day this year. Given the number of failing schools and struggling students, we believe our children need more time in the classroom and less time on the streets. Preventing more time for productive core instructional learning will only hurt our children in the long run.”

    “We must put aside our self interests and do what is best for our children. We have to work together toward positive education reforms and fix our broken public education system. Everyone, including the union, must support education reform so that every child on the Southeast Side, and all over Chicago, has a fair chance to succeed.”

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Machine Politics 101: Create "artificial" community groups of all colors and flavors, and repeat the Machine company line! We were not born yesterday! Oh, here is another, give "thirty pieces of silver" to pastors to support the Dem Machine company line! Yes, we have seen that for a long time. Shame on you pastors, sell your soul for a few pieces of silver and betray the best interests of the children!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Well said. here it is December 6th, 2011 and Miss Del Real is on ABC7 telling the reporter that parents need to give the new School administration a chance, with it's proposed turn-arounds, and school closings. Her children go to a Selective enrollment school. if her children were being shipped from one severely under resourced school near home to another severely under - resourced school 4 miles away from their home, without any regard to their safety, she would certainly be singing a different tune. Oh yea, and if she weren't looking for favors from the current political administration, because of her deliberate misleading of desperate community parents, and community members.

  • Who won? It it very clear that the teachers won. Who cares? Anybody that thinks the rule of law matters.

    Emanuel's half-assed scheme has been exposed for what it truly is. He cares little about children or the quality of the school day. What he truly wants is to warehouse children for as many hours a day as possible.

    The guy is a fraud. Nothing more than a tool of the wealthy. His nickel-and-diming of Chicagoans won't plug the massive hole in the city budget. Follow the money. His penny-ante crackdowns on city credit cards and city sticker violators is a mere ruse. He is selling us out to the 1%. Break the union and have your Wall St. buddies like Geoffrey Canada "sell" education to the city. There are billions to be made.

  • a critical response from Stand For Children:

    Dear Alexander,

    The debate on how to lengthen the school day in Chicago has been front and center in the media for weeks now with a battle of words between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), particularly when 13 schools voted to extend the day.

    Today, an agreement between CPS and CTU was announced that will preclude any additional Chicago Public Schools from extending the school day during the 2011-2012 academic year.

    We must ask ourselves, does this decision benefit our students?

    Last Spring, Stand for Children, along with CTU and other education organizations negotiated Senate Bill 7, which paved the way for a longer school day in Chicago. Lengthening the school day is such an important step to strengthening the education that Chicago school students receive.

    While implementation of a longer day has been stalled for this academic year, we now must work together to ensure that when Chicago Public Schools 400,000 students start school in September 2012, all students have the benefit of a richer curriculum that a longer day will provide.

    In addition, we must support the 13 schools that already voted to extend their day, and allow them to continue the 2011-2012 academic year with an extended day so as not to disrupt the curriculum mid-year, which would not best serve our students.

    This fight isn't over and Stand for Children will be there until the end, but we need your voice.

    Join us.

    Mary E. Anderson
    Executive Director

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Stand for the Children are really about privatization of public schools. Follow the money! Follow the money!

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    What an interesting statement by Stand for Children. Ms. Anderson the executive director has only been with Stand for Children Illinois since August, about two to three months. She is an attorney with an extensive background in Illinois government. She has supported many organizations that have promoted civil rights issues. But none of her practice was in education except for work on a federal grant when she worked for the state as far as I can tell.

    She asked a good question, “We must ask ourselves, does this decision (the interim agreement between the CTU and CPS) benefit our students?” My answer is yes. The agreement between CPS and the CTU creates a space for negotiation.

    The real issue before us is the end of the CTU contract in June. If our concern is truly improving the educational outcomes of thousands of poor children in Chicago, then we should welcome this space. Ms. Anderson writes as though somehow she believes the Emanuel administration has betrayed Stand for Children’s efforts to pass SB7.

    The hostility Ms. Anderson exhibits towards organized teachers in Chicago seems profound and leads one to believe that the central goal here is not to improve the education of children, but to break the CTU and lower costs for the provision of public education. There is no doubt there will be a longer school day, one that may or may not improve the horrendous educational outcomes for thousands of students with disabilities in Chicago.

    All of us should be glad that the CTU and CPS have come to this agreement. It is in the interests of children in Chicago, especially those with disabilities. Let us all hope that CPS and CTU can build on this agreement to move towards a contract that will promote the education of poor children in Chicago and provide a quality working environment for teachers. If Stand for Children intends on being a road block to creating such an agreement then it is certainly not operating in the interests of CPS students.

    Rod Estvan

  • Astroturf corporate backed Stand for Children is a joke! Compare their proposals with what is done by real world class public school districts. Stand for Children should "out" the mayor for hiring incompetent top administration that have no experience in transforming school districts by building strong teacher leadership and professional capacity in schools in a systematic way. Stand for Children shows what a joke they are by not being honest about how incredibly incompetent CPS top administration has operated. The buck stops at the top. Under Karen Lewis, the union is just finally letting the truth out of the bag, on how bad CPS is run. Again, compare how CPS is run with how any world class public school district is run on the planet. The union does not run CPS, it is the Mayor and his incompetents. Truth hurts.

  • Ah, the spin begins again.

    Personally, I'd say the CTU won. And like the other guy said: there's something to the rule of law.

  • The CTU won plain and simple! The CTU stopped Emperor Emanuel from trying to break the union over the 90 minute day. Now the CTU will have to gear up for Emperor Emanuel's next attempt to break the union on the new contract (Agreement)!

  • On substance, who cares?

    On PR/Posturing, it was a loss for Rahm Emmanuel and a split decision for the Chicago Teachers Union.

    At least two dozen teachers must have mentioned the news of the "big agreement" between the Board and the Union to me as they voted in the pension election. All were hopeful it was something significant and thought I might provide them with more information, but I could not. As soon as I finished my election duties I hurried to a computer to see what the media were reporting, and as soon as I saw that Lisa Madigan had become involved I guessed (pretty accurately) the nature of the agreement.

    On a substantive level, this agreement is pretty meaningless. [Let me say that I think the IELRB ruling was quite significant, but not this agreement.] The Board reached their 13th school more than a month ago. The momentum has stopped. No more schools were going to vote to go with the longer day this year. Substantively, the Board loses nothing.

    Likewise, the Union gains nothing substantive. The agreement has nothing to do with the December hearing at which the Board will presumably argue that what they did was in the best interests of the children. As Karen Lewis herself says: "These 13 schools are less than 2 percent of total number of CPS schools, employ less than 1% of CPS teachers, and educate less than ½ percent of CPS students." Trivia.

    Of course, public relations and political posturing trumps substance in this war Emmanuel has waged in the media. On that front, it was a decisive loss for him. (What a bad week for him on top of having to compromise with the aldermen.)

    Unfortunately, it's a split decision for the Union. Yes, CTU can claim victory (legitimately so) and this will help them among the membership. (Although I'm not sure we high school people will really care.) It is possible that it does more harm than good, however, among the public's perception of teachers and their Union. We've already seen some blowback as Alexander has mentioned above. We can be assured of seeing more from the teacher-bashing, union-busting media.


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    I agree with some of the posters above that while this was a small "victory" for the CTU, it points to the larger loss.

    Rahm has the media on his side and therefore was able to control the message far too effectively. People I spoke with actually believed that the union wanted to "deny kids their education" or something ridiculous along those lines. No one heard that extending the day without any planning or preparation is a terrible idea. No one cared that if implemented poorly, this plan would hurt children and their teachers alike.

    And somehow, as baffling as it sounds, the public somehow came away with the message that Rahm Emanuel, that power-hungry, greedy, former trader, actually cared more about "the kids" than the teachers who sacrifice so much on a daily basis.

    I am afraid of what this terrible man will do next, especially now that he's experienced a small taste of defeat.

  • In reply to KatieO:

    The Hilltop

    KatieO was correct in her assessment of our Legal Victory. I would like to add the difference between perception and reality given the current situation. If this had occurred anytime before SB7 I would complement the union for using our laws to enforce the contract ,given the fact this agreement will be history in eight months this was an act of desperation. Contract negotiations in the present climate combined with the restrictions set in place by SB7 will eliminate any meaningful
    bargaining . We might have won the battle but we will lose the war.
    Remember from history a man named Dred Scott lost a court battle but won The battle of public opinion and eventually won the war. I hate to admit this but twinkle toes is on top of the hill.he is giving some parents more time to do what they want, by keeping their little darlings contained in School thus lowering the crime rate. All this while only paying out two percent rather than the four percent raise. We won nothing

  • Mr. Brizard does not know how to build capacity in the schools, so he Rahm, Daley, Duncan, Hubmeran, Brizard, have and continue to deny the majority of CPS students a decent schooling experience due to total ineptness. Rahm and Brizard are not about improving schools but about privatizing them. Can you imagine the plight of students in special education then! That is their only agenda. Follow the money!

  • Question?  I have a few questions for my colleagues on this Blog.  Please provide your support:

    How many times are students allowed to take the Benchmark Test?  Are students allowed to continue taking the test until they pass?  Do these tests take 3 to 4 weeks to complete?

    Tell me what you think about this:
    Fifth Grade Math
    In 2010 (Fourth):  56.1
    In 2011 (Fifth):  93.2
    Fifth Grade Reading
    In 2010 (Fourth):  38.6
    In 2011 (Fifth):  79.5
    Seventh Grade Math:
    In 2010 (Sixth):  48.9
    In 2011 (Seventh):  81.4
    As an entire school on the ISAT Test:
    In 2010:  47.7
    In 2011:  60.7
    No intense instruction has taken place, administration has no control over the student body, and teachers have taken an excessive amount of benefit days off as a result of the administration not taking control over the student body.

    Is it permissible for the Principal not to present a school budget to the LSC?  The last time one has been seen was 14 months ago.

    Is an administrator allowed to fraternize with his faculty or staff members according to CPS policy?  If this takes place, what are the ramifications?  Are there ramifications according to CPS policy?

    What can happen to a teacher or administrator if they are caught forging standardized test scores?

    The practices listed above are things I saw take place in a CPS school.  Tell me what you guys think or advise me because I seriously need it.  This is not right that this foolishness is taking place in a CPS school.

  • In reply to CPSD299:

    Who do I take these concerns to?

  • In reply to CPSD299:

    Dr. Noemi Donoso the chief education officer would be formally the person to contact at 125 South Clark Street 5th Floor for some complaints, ISBE for others, and the inspector general for others. But here is the problem with what you have presented on the ISAT.

    Major test score jumps do not equate to cheating on standardized tests, as an individual teacher you cannot examine the actual test items students at your school in other classrooms got right and compare those items to larger data sets. You will be required by state administrative rules to disclose that you are a teacher at the school where the testing issues appear. If you do not the complaint will not be accepted by the state. Sending it to ISBE as “CPSD299” will not work and your name may not be kept confidential in relation to your allegations of test cheating. The CPS inspector general can send cases to ISBE and legally protect your identity so that may be a better way to go.

    In order for your allegations to be taken seriously you will need more teachers than just you at the school to support your allegations in any formal complaint. There are certain aspects of what you have written about that fall under the office of the inspector general and those complaints do not require you or other teachers to identify your selfs. But to be honest if you do not identify your selfs the issues will not be taken as seriously as if you do. Go to https://secure.cps.k12.il.us/ConfidentialComplaintForm/index.asp

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to CPSD299:

    Call your CTU field representative. You wan to make sure you are not retaliated against and I am assuming you are tenured.

  • I could not agree more with Stand By Children. We must support those schools who have agreed to this longer day and and allow them to continue the 2011-2012 academic year with an extended day so as not to disrupt the curriculum mid-year, which would not best serve our students. However, it is a real shame that the children at other schools will not be able to have their curriculum changed in the middle of this year, which would clearly benefit everybody. Our children are too precious to limit ourselves by foolish consistency.

    Myron Miner
    Last Stand for Children First

  • In reply to Myron Miner:

    So don't stop the longer day "so as not to disrupt the curriculum mid-year"...
    ...but at all the other schools we should "have their curriculum changed in the middle of this year" so as to disrupt their curriculum.
    Ummm.... OK

  • In reply to Myron Miner:

    I'm not sure I quite understand this comment. A "longer" school day implies that the children spend more time in school, not that their curriculum is significantly altered. There are many philosophies of curriculum and instruction that schools and teachers subscribe to. Curriculum is defined as what is taught, not for how long. While these schools may benefit from more time they probably have not made significant changes to their curriculum and instruction in their core subjects. So, really they are teaching more curriculum not different curriculum.

    Since the curriculum at my school is seen as both innovative and challenging, students score high and we are not selective, magnet or otherwise, I dare say that a change in the curriculum would not benefit any of our students. At the least it would do nothing (as well accomplished teachers can do quite a bit with even a bad curriculum) at the worst it would hurt our students.

    In fact, I would argue that it's the foolish consistency of poor curriculum that is spoon fed to low income students that is their greatest enemy. Yes, they will probably benefit from more school. But they would benefit a great deal from curriculum that taught them to think, reason, and act not just take tests. Oh, and they will probably need good teachers too. Teachers that are supported, mentored, and well educated. Our children are too precious to be limited by people who have never set foot in a classroom, don't know anything about the science of learning, and are too busy pushing their own political agendas to take the time to actually educate themselves on what works in education.

  • If you haven't visited Myron Miner's web site, you should do so for a good laugh. It's all satire (or else it wouldn't be funny) and like the post above, he really nails the inconsistencies of the SBC argument.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Please tell me it really is satire, otherwise its corporate agenda is about as subtle as a clown's fart.

    From the Myron Miner web site:
    "Billionaires have a special place in our
    philosophy. As Myron Miner himself is a
    billionaire he is sensitive to their needs and concerns. Billionaires have the clout to influence public policy in a way that few other people can. There is no better way to democratize education in this country than by bringing the voices of CEOs and hedge fund managers into the equation.

    Education is a 700 Billion Dollar a year industry. We will work with you to assure you get a piece of that money.... "

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    here's a link to one of myner's posts


  • never heard of this group but here's its comment on the decision:

    Parents and LSC members want longer school days this year
    South Side group disappointed in decision to end program

    CHICAGO – Sandra Patterson, president of the Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition and vice-chair of the LSC at Schmid Elementary, expressed disappointment in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) deal with CPS to end the longer school day pioneer program.

    “As soon as we start making progress improving our public education system for our children, something always gets in the way. This time opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union and others put an end to a program to keep our children in the classroom longer so they have more time to focus on core subjects like reading, math and science everyday.

    “In today’s world we can no longer afford to put our children at a competitive disadvantage compared to their peers in every other city in the world. The length of the Chicago school day is a disgrace and we should doing more to change it this year, rather than defending the status quo.”

  • The real disgrace is the the factory model of schooling perpetuated on the neighborhood schools. Especially, the ones in the poorest neighborhoods. The real disgrace is having top administrators and network managers who have never been successful in systematic transformation of schools over time. The real disgrace is CPS operating on educational policies that have no research backing. While other countries take our best education research and move their students forward, we get tweedle dee and tweedle dumb running the show and privatizing schools! Disgrace on the grandest scale!!! Another machine astro-turf "community" group. Me thinks, Shmid Elementary needs a new LSC chair, one not in bed with Rahm and Brizard!

  • you are absolutely right about the factory model - most people don't know it, but the teachers in these schools are pressured and mandated to teach with this instructional model, dissenters in the school are frequently given less support or are given poor evaluations. This keeps the other teachers in line - pretty soon they all use the factory model of instruction in hopes of just keeping their jobs….when the school doesn't make AYP, they blame the teachers; they never blame the ones who forced the curriculum and bad pedagogy…

  • Rahm and Brizard, what will be your legacy in education? It is an honest question. I think a conversation between Steve Jobs and Murdoch is worthy to think about. You're blowing it with Fox News," Jobs said. "The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you've cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society.

    Rahm's support is the corporate interests that are trying to fill their pockets over doing the right thing. It is evident that Brizard is about privatizing and nothing else. Covering their butt with assessment over assessment over assessment and fourth rate professional development. It is interesting that it seems there are no clear directives coming out of Office of Instruction. Rahm your legacy will be exceedingly sad in the area of education unless you let go of the corporate line and really listen and learn from the teachers in the classroom. No, not the rigged over controlled meetings you and Brizard set up for Public Relation purposes. You know.. where you bash the union and sing the glories of the charter schools. Do the right thing. Not the corporate carpet bagger act!

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