Today's education news includes more on longer school days, teacher pensions, a call from the Tribune editorial page for Arne (and others, too, right?) to pay back the $50,000, speeding cameras get green light, and proposals to slow down the closing process. Plus violence in Englewood and junk food in schools. Oh, and Quinn and Brizard toured Chicago Ag HS.
Longer school day not so easy Southtown Star: That's probably a given if the CPS plan is to be accepted by the Chicago Teachers' Union, which isn't likely to agree to have some members working a longer day than others.
Pension changes likely to mean frugal teacher contracts State Journal Register: Cullerton said current pension funding is unfair because Chicagoans pay the cost of their teachers’ pensions via their local property taxes and then pay again, through state income and sales taxes, for the pensions of downstate and suburban teachers.
Sick, sick, sick Tribune: More than 300 CPS principals and administrators each grabbed more than $100,000, cashing out unused sick days and vacation days, from 2006 to 2011, the BGA reported.
Quinn green-lights speed-camera plan for Chicago Tribune: Gov. Pat Quinn gave Mayor Rahm Emanuel something he wanted Monday: the power to use cameras across nearly half of Chicago to nab speeding drivers and fine them as much as $100.
Chicago lawmakers file bills to rein in school closings, class sizes Catalyst: State Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago), chair of the task force, has proposed HB 4487, which would bring all closings, consolidations and phase-outs on facilities to a screeching halt through the 2012-2013 school year. Another bill, posted for a hearing in Springfield this week, was filed by state Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) and seeks to force CPS officials to “testify every year before the General Assembly” concerning the district’s budget request for the following fiscal year, including “plans to build or repair schools and to close or consolidate schools.”
Violence Weighs Heavily in Englewood CNC: Even as violent crime has declined across much of the city, Englewood remains a battlefield. The Seventh Police District, which patrols most of Englewood, led the city in homicides last year with 60.
Chicago's Youth Violence Epidemic: A Victim of Success? ChicagoMag: Chicago's youth violence numbers remain terrible, both in comparison to broader homicide trends and in comparison to our peer cities.
Junk foods widely available at elementary schools AP: Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests.