At a press conference yesterday morning, Mayor Emanuel announced new plans for a shorter longer school day, and that's the main story in today's news. Smart move? Obvious cave? A little bit of both. My only concern is that it's too soon for compromise, and that there will be calls for further compromises further down the line. So this won't solve much, really. A shorter longer day isn't going to generate more funding for CPS. If anything, it takes some of the pressure off the funding issue. Also: how amazing to see parents arguing against having their kids in school longer. Shows you just how little trust there is in CPS, how easy it is for CTU to win parents over to fighting their fight.
SHORTER LONGER DAY
Teachers union welcomes compromise, but says 7-hour day too long Sun Times: “Once again, CTU has been proven correct. Today, the mayor moved his toe an inch from the line,” union President Karen Lewis said... “Now that the mayor is starting to listen to parents, teachers and research regarding the pitfalls …
Emanuel backs 7-hour school day after parents protest longer plan Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel blinked Tuesday in his signature drive for a longer school day. Instead of requiring elementary schools to shift from the current 5¾-hour day to a 7½-hour day, the mayor backed off and ordered a 7-hour day for elementary schools.
Emanuel Cuts Back Longer School Day Fox: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he is scaling down a proposal to extend the day for elementary school students.
7 Hour Day. So it is written. So it shall be. cpsobsessed: I’m not sure how to react. I am happy it will be less than 7.5 hours which seemed insane. I’m still not getting how he gets off calling it a “Fuller Day” when we’re barely scraping by on the funding.
Rahm Emanuel blinks Tribune (editorial): Getting what you want from governments in Springfield and Chicago loses some oomph if, in some subsequent confrontation, you're the one who has to blink.
Emanuel backtracks on longer school day Catalyst: Emanuel said he never contended that 7.5 hours was a magical number, but that CPS’ current 5 hours and 45 minutes was short-changing children. He refused to acknowledge that he gave in a little to pressure, but insisted that with a 7-hour day he will reach still reach his goal of more classroom time.
Longer school day plan cut by 30 minutes Tribune: Stand for Children, a national group that helped pass the Illinois legislation last year that allowed the mayor to implement a longer day without union approval, said it plans to continue pushing for a 71/2-hour day in elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year.
VIDEO: 7-Hour School Day Announced WTTW: Mayor Emanuel gives some ground on longer school days, after complaints from some teachers and parents that the original proposal was too long. But does today's action settle the dispute over the future of Chicago Public Schools?
Speed cams questioned amid installation of 10,000 speed humps Sun Times: Chicago has installed 10,000 speed humps in streets and alleys and created 450 cul-de-sacs, 400 traffic circles and 250 “bump-out” curbs since 2005 alone — many of them near schools and parks — raising questions about why the city also needs speed cameras.
Ex-Schaumburg Christian teacher pleads guilty to masturbating in class Sun Times: Paul LaDuke, a 75-year-old former teacher at Schaumburg Christian School pleaded guilty Tuesday to masturbating in front of students while teaching a math class.
Report: 4,000 fewer preschool slots in Illinois Catalyst: Access to the state preschool program continued to shrink in fiscal year 2011, putting the state even further off track from its original plans to serve all 3- and 4-year-olds by this year.