Lots of news about the longer school day -- a settlement on the premature implementation of the longer day this year, plus questions about the educational value and the costs of a citywide longer day next year. Plus news that the food services chief has conveniently resigned, and a variety of tidbits.
* UPDATED 4:00pm: Here's the PDF of the CPS budget briefing that was presented yesterday, for those of you who are interested. Thanks to the person who sent it in.
Chicago teachers, district settle lawsuit over longer school day pilot Sun Times: CTU officials agreed to drop their suit in exchange for extra payments within the next 30 days of $1,500 for teachers in schools that started a 1 1/2 hour longer day in the fall, and an extra …
Parents tell Chicago Public Schools board 7.5-hour day too long Sun Times: Angry parents Wednesday accused Chicago Public Schools of playing favorites on the longer school day issue and paying staff to hold spaces in a very long ling to ensure pro-longer day speakers would be able to address board members.
Parents seek money for longer day while CPS looks to budget cuts Catalyst: Tim Cawley, the district’s chief administrative officer, said at a School Board meeting that for starters, the district hopes to find “tens of millions of dollars” in savings by buying goods and scheduling workers more efficiently, and cutting down on unnecessary procurement.
Critics ask how CPS can pay for longer school day Tribune: District faces budget deficits that could reach $1 billion by 2014 Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for a longer day for Chicago Public Schools students is a done deal, but that didn't keep critics from speaking out against it at Wednesday's monthly Board of Education meeting.
CPS predicts big deficits; critics question cost of longer school day Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials Wednesday predicted three years of staggering deficits ahead, just as a long line of parents questioned how a deficit-ridden system could afford a 1 1/2 hour longer school day.
Fireworks at School Board Meeting WTTW: A longer school day and extended year is slated to take effect for Chicago Public Schools, despite public outcry and what officials call a staggering budget deficit. Paris Schutz has the details.
Longer school day critics question how CPS can pay for 7 1/2 hour day with projected budget deficit WGN: CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said CPS staffers were not holding places but showed up to answer questions for first-time attendees on the process of speaking before the board.
CPS food service director resigns before planned termination Sun Times: Brizard told board members Wednesday that he received Louise Essian’s letter of resignation Tuesday, one day before Brizard said he planned to ask board members to fire her.
CPS food services director leaves position Tribune: Louise Esaian, the Chicago Public Schools food services director accused of accepting improper gifts from district food vendors, has resigned, CPS officials said Wednesday.
ChicagoNow blogger Dahl regrets Tribune’s errors Time Out Chicago: “[Esaian] was wrong, but the scale was not as damning as she will be remembered with, via a public and journalistic excoriation."
Clemente archery team well ahead of the trend Tribune: The students raised their bows and drew, bringing the strings to the corners of their mouths and holding the strings there as they took steady aim at the yellow-centered targets. There was silence before each archer, members of Roberto Clemente High...
New accountability for Chicago charter schools Catalyst: Now the district will shorten renewals to four, three, two or even one year, depending on a school’s performance, said Chief Portfolio Officer Oliver Sicat. ACE Tech’s charter agreement was renewed for only one year “as a result of the school’s chronic low performance since its inception,” according to a CPS press release.
Teen mom high school is reborn Chicago Journal: Looking for a better way, Chicago Public Schools officials brought Kidd-Stamps on two years ago to make big changes at Simpson, and things have been in flux ever since.
CPS Security Guard Has Gang References on His Facebook Page Fox: A Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said Bedolla is not actually a security guard, but part of the community watch program. He was hired by a security company that has a contract with CPS. The district said in a statement: "The behaviors demonstrated here are not to be tolerated and upon becoming aware of this, the contractor has moved to immediately terminate this individual."