Today's education news includes a report on how much money CPS has spent on the pilot extended day program, news that Bronzeville doesn't want the turnaround plans CPS has made for its schools, and a new recess guide. At least some parents are joining teachers in expressing concerns about the funding and implementation of the longer school day next year -- a much more difficult group to deal with than teachers.
Longer School Day Has Cost CPS Nearly $10 Million CNC: Many parents and community members said they fear that a longer school day would not be adequately financed next year, forcing schools to do more with even less. ALSO Longer School Day cpsobsessed
CPS community group for Bronzeville rejects district's plan for school closings and turnaround Tribune: Chicago Public Schools'official community group for Bronzeville has decided against supporting the school district's proposal to close and "turnaround" failing schools in the area.
CPS developing recess guide Tribune: With many schools implementing recess for the first time in more than three decades next fall, Chicago Public Schools is developing a resource guide for principals.
Education group to call 50,000 Chicagoans tonight WBEZ: If you live on Chicago’s South or West Sides, you could be getting a phone call tonight from an education activist group.
Univ. of Ark. banners to be displayed in Chicago Public Schools KATV: At the request of Chicago's mayor, the University of Arkansas is helping to get Chicago school children to think about their college aspirations.
Project Outreach Links High School and College Students ChicagoTalks: The first part is a pen pal program where students already enrolled in a college or university volunteer to be matched up with a student from Benito Juarez.
IL lawmakers set to push for school vouchers, again Statehouse News: Lawmakers are set to push for school vouchers this spring following the massive school reform package that moved through the Legislature last year.
Internet blackouts leave users grasping for answers Medill Reports: Thanks to blackouts, Chicagoans are in the loop Librarians link Internet users to options beyond Wikipedia
Another fly in the school lunch program: abuse Chicago Reporter: Just because a family isn't receiving food stamps or public aid doesn't mean they aren't poor... The article leaves out another beneficiary of the free-lunch program: agri-business.