Today's education news focuses on two main issues -- the secrecy surrounding the LSC elections (part of a long tradition) and reactions to the shorter longer school day announced on Tuesday (was it a big win or no?). Oh, and Madeleine Albright visited Lindblom (hi, Molly!).
Public waits for information about candidates running for LSC positions AustinTalks: But the requests were met with miscommunication and delays that appear to be the result of recent Chicago Public Schools' changes leaving employees swamped with requests and no plan to easily make public information available to the public.
Charge CPS obstruction on LSC election info CMW: Citing “privacy” concerns, CPS has required Center Square Journal and Austin Talks to file FOIA requests for lists of candidates, candidate statements and contact information, according to reports. In the past that information was routinely released.
CPS Policies Hinder Promotion of LSC Candidates and Elections Center Square Journal: With Local School Council elections weeks away on April 18 and 19, Chicago Public Schools obstructed their own efforts to promote LSC elections by taking more than a week to make the names of Local School Council candidates available to the press or public, a new low for CPS, according to one of the original authors of the LSC concept.
SHORTER LONGER DAY
School Day Extension Revised To Seven Hours Progress Illinois: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday that the Chicago Public Schools will extend the school day next year from five hours and 45 minutes to seven hours.
Rahm gets his way, parents want a say on longer day Mark Brown: Many of the parents who had been pressing Emanuel to opt for a 6œ-hour day for elementary schools remained unconvinced Tuesday that the mayor had listened to them.This was particularly true of the ones who were blocked from attending the mayor’s news conference at Disney II.
Show Your Support for a Quality School Day Friday RYH: We've gotten over 1,000 signatures in five days. This Friday we are going to be delivering the petition to the Mayor's office at 4pm. Help us by attending and showing your support for a quality day.
Emanuel retreats on 7.5-hour school day WBEZ: Emanuel downplayed the fact he was revising his controversial original proposal. "We are gonna go from 170 days to 180 days, from 5 hours and 45 minutes to 7 hours. That comes to 40 additional days of instruction. That’s 8 weeks more of learning," Emanuel said.
The [Wednesday] Papers Beachwood Reporter: Rahm has shown a penchant for announcing big policy plans before doing his homework.
Rahm backs off 7.5 hour day PURE: Kudos to all the organizers, especially Wendy Kattan and Jonathan Goldman, who have pulled together an impressive, diverse collection of parent and community groups who have had their fill of the arrogant, unresponsive, irresponsible school board and administration.
Baby Steps Toward A Normal Day School Tech Connect: With Rahm, though, the 7.5 hour day was probably just a jonah. He probably only wants a 6.5 hour day and is waiting for more people to squirm before he decides to look like a man of the people. So while we have a bit of a victory here, it will be turned somehow against the teachers because the mayor is not an honest broker. Not in these matters.
Rahm's pirouette Substance: Reporters were invited to join the mayor and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard for some time in a classroom, then a large group representing the diversity of Chicago was assembled around the mayor's portable podium for the speeches to the press, followed by a limited number of questions from reporters.
Albright speaks to local students ABC7: Lindblom has the largest Arabic and Chinese language program in Chicago Public Schools. Some students chosen for this private forum with Secretary Albright appreciated the global focus of the visit and their studies at Lindblom.
CPS gets visits from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and NATO representatives Tribune:Chicago Public Schools students will be getting a crash course in global politics this spring, first when several Nobel Peace Prize laureates visit later this month and then during the NATO Summit in May. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright,...
CPS Food Workers Demand Fresher Food Fox: Does it matter whether Chicago Public Schools serves your child freshly cooked meals, or frozen meals that get heated up?
Repainting the walls Chicago Journal: The Chicago High School for the Arts, which offers its students the opportunity to focus on dance, music, theater and visual arts alongside their regular classes, is moving into Malcolm X College's old building in 2015.
U of C charter students honor Trayvon Martin Catalyst: High school students from the University of Chicago Charter School in Woodlawn marched from their campus to 63rd Street and University Avenue Wednesday morning for an assembly in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a self-described neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.