Catching up on recent education news? Me, too. Some of the bigger stories include the Board's release of its plans for extended high school schedules and a new utilization measure that finds Chicago schools underutilized:
CPS students lose homeroom, gain 36 more minutes of class time Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools students would attend high school an extra 36 minutes a day and homeroom would be a thing of the past under district guidelines issued Thursday for moving those schools to a longer school day next year.
Chicago Public Schools want longer high school day WBEZ: On Thursday CPS released new guidelines for lengthening high school days ahead of the 2012-2013 academic year. They're calling for high schoolers and teachers to be in school for close to 40 more minutes a day.
New look at Chicago school buildings finds half underused Sun Times: Four times more schools are underused than overcrowded under the formula, which includes charter schools. The breakdown: 336 schools underused, including 68 high schools; 77 schools overcrowded, including eight high schools; and 249 schools used “efficiently,” including 59 high schools.
Schools not using space, study finds Tribune: Half of Chicago Public Schools' buildings enroll fewer students than their classroom space allows, according to new district standards released Wednesday. Under the new formula, 268 of the district's 527 elementary schools are underutilized, as are 68...
Officials consider charter school on Ill. navy base WBEZ: The Illinois State Board of Education and a school district in North Chicago say they've gotten three applications to run a charter school on the base.
Race to the Top Results ‘Baffling’ CNC: The money awarded last week will go to individual districts willing to implement reforms more quickly than required by state law and will help establish a public-private initiative aimed at advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula across the state.
State lax in going after educators for alleged cheating, testing violations Tribune: In Chicago Public Schools, teacher Tomorrah Howard resigned before a dismissal hearing as the district investigated cheating allegations on state exams at Daley Elementary Academy in March 2010.