Today's news is all over the place, including more about longer school days, a lot about closings in Bronzeville and elsewhere, and -- yes -- EpiPens.
Parent group, union question push for longer school day Tribune: While the mayor on Monday defended his choice of lengthening the school day to 71/2 hours, saying the number was "not arbitrary," the teachers union and a parent group maintained that research does not support such a long day.
More CPS schools adopt longer day Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools on Monday more than quadruples the number of schools that will stretch their day for kids to 7½ hours — a number officials say so far feels “on target’’ but some challenge as too long.
New CPS Semester, Same Problems On Longer School Day, Closings Progress IL: Classes resumed today for Chicago Public Schools – with forty schools, 38 of them charters, extending their school day from five hours and forty-five minutes to seven hours and thirty minutes.
Protest over Bronzeville school closings is called off Tribune: After a sit-in at City Hall didn't result in a meeting with the mayor, members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization called off their protest Monday over Bronzeville-area school closings, saying they're redirecting efforts and looking for..
In greater Bronzeville, 15 Chicago public schools were shut down in 12 years Tribune: In the last 12 years, CPS has shut down 15 neighborhood schools and conducted a "turnaround" at one area high school — tackling a large chunk of a discarded 2004 plan to close 20 of the area's 22 public schools.
Parents: School slated for closure tried to move students out WBEZ: Parents say over winter break school staff at Guggenheim Elementary made phone calls and house visits with papers to transfer students out.
Community Anger Toward CPS At Crane Public Meeting Progress IL: Following up the CPS power point, one Crane faculty member after another started their two minutes by saying, “I cannot speak because in all fairness the Crane’s coalition presentation was not allowed to be presented.” They then stood silent for two minutes, amid lively cheers and catcalls by the few dozen audience members – and many chants to, “Show the presentation!”
Health Advocates Waiting On CPS To Make ‘Epipens’ Available For Emergencies CBS: With one injection, “epipens” can save lives. But CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov wanted to find out why Chicago public schools still don't have them.
Paying a Price, Long After the Crime NYT: In 2010, the Chicago Public Schools declined to hire Darrell Langdon for a job as a boiler-room engineer, because he had been convicted of possessing a half-gram of cocaine in 1985, a felony for which he received probation.
Emanuel accuses union of using libraries as ‘bargaining chip’ Sun Times: Chicago Public Libraries were closed for business on Monday for the first time in recent memory after the latest in a string of disputes between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and organized labor.
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