Leaked Report, Longer Day ISATs

Who leaked (more of) the fact-finders report, CPS or CTU?  How did the extended day schools do on the ISATs?  These are some of the main issues addressed in today's education news.  But the real question isn't what's in the nonbinding report but how it will affect the negotiations.  And well, about the ISATs, the less said the better, right?CONTRACT REPORT

The 26-day sprint Tribune (editorial):  This report is DOA. Irrelevant. Useless. Benn, who was supposed to base his recommendations on the district's fiscal reality, isn't living on the same planet as the rest of us.The arbitrator's report is DOA. Make sure the start of school isn't too.

Arbitrator: Give Chicago teachers 35.7% raise over four years Sun Times:  An arbitrator recommends Chicago Public Schools raise teachers’ pay by 14.5 percent, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at a news conference Monday.

Arbitrator's report will help CTU bring back issues they wanted to discuss at negotiations Tribune: The arbitrator is recommending that raises based on experience and educational levels, which the district wants to eliminate, remain — bringing the high end of the first-year raise to nearly 20 percent, Lewis said. After the contract's first year, the arbitrator suggests only cost-of-living increases, Lewis said.

Union president says fact finder recommends Chicago teachers’ pay be bumped nearly 15 percent AP: Lewis declined to release the report. But she said a key finding supports what teachers have been complaining about throughout an acrimonious negotiating process that led them last month to overwhelmingly authorize a strike.

CTU, CPS spar over fact-finder, teacher raises Catalyst:  Though Lewis disputed a published report that said the union had already decided to reject the proposed settlement, she left the door open for that—a move that would put the union a step closer to a possible strike—by saying that teachers are fighting for more than money.

Mediator: Chicago teachers deserve raise WBEZ:  Independent mediator Edwin Benn says teachers deserve a 14.85 percent raise because the mandate for a longer day means they could be working 19.4 percent more time.

Arbitrator in teacher talks knows his way around the hot seat Sun Times:  The 63-year-old Glencoe attorney chastised city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson in May for urging that some Chicago firefighters in the Fire Prevention Bureau be fired or suspended as a result of a mileage padding scandal.


Emanuel wants team to figure out why some grade schools did better in test scores Sun Times: The 0.9 percentage-point gain in elementary school scores included mixed results for Emanuel’s signature push for a longer school day. But he isn’t looking at that way. Instead, he wants to find out why the best-performing schools rose to the head of the class, then follow that recipe at schools that came up short.

Test scores barely inch up Catalyst: Only two of five schools that piloted a longer day starting last September posted increases in test scores. One school, already high-performing, remained about the same; another high-performing school posted a small dip in scores. Meanwhile, one low-achieving school posted a decrease in test scores.

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  • Please look at the prelim neighborhood ISAT scores without the ELL scores in them. (ISBE makes this easy to do.)They are higher than the charter schools who do not accept bilingual students or provide these programs. Then give that to Rahm so he can see the charters are not as great as the rich are telling him. Then Rahm should allow the neighborhod schools, who accept and keep ALL students, to be models fo the charter schools!

  • Alexander,

    What gives you the impression that the CTU leaked anything from the fact-finders report? All the media coverage I've seen clearly indicates that the Union simply confirmed, when asked by the media, what CPS had already leaked.

  • CPS leaked the report!

  • Sun-Times:
    Three of the five longer-day “Pioneer Schools” actually posted worse gains than the system. Two went down; one (Skinner North) showed no change in its 100 percent passing rate but dropped 10.5 percentage points in its “exceeding state standards” rate. Two went up – including Fiske Elementary, where the passing rate jumped a massive 11.8 percentage points. Of the 12 schools that started a longer day by January, half had better gains than the system and half had worse.”

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I would not expect any pay off on a longer school day right away, and it will have probably no or little impact at all on higher performing students. I have spent some time looking at data for the Houston school district in relation to its population of students with disabilities. You will all recall that Advance Illinois and Stand for Children repeatedly referenced HISD's longer school day and linked it to improved outcomes. My conclusion based on what I have seen in Houston is that for the lowest performing students just making the day longer has no clear pay off.

    When I directly confronted these organizations on these claims as they related to HISD's population of children with disablities at the SB7 hearings on December 16, 2010 Aurora Illinois they refused to respond. I have a video recording of this as evidence too.

    Currently the Houston public school district is under the Texas Education Agency's intervention status for its failures with its students with disabilities. Students in Texas take the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) . Students are tested in grades 3-9 in reading. The TAKS modified is also given to some students with disabilities, this is an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards and is designed for students receiving special education services who meet participation requirements for TAKS–M and for whom TAKS is not appropriate.

    The Houston public schools are far smaller than CPS, in 2009 it had 199,524 students compared to CPS which had 404,589. Overall 13.3% of CPS students are formally identified as disabled, in Houston only 8.3% are so identified.

    In Houston only 24.6% of students with disabilities in the testing grades are given the TAKS, the rest are give the alternative assessment or other partial forms of the test. In Chicago only 0.9% of students with disabilities in the testing grades are not tested at all and only 2,220 of 27,431 are given the alternative assessment, which comes to only 8.09%. Therefore about 91% CPS students with disabilities are given the standard assessment and have their scores reported under ISAT or PASE score totals.

    So given these different participation standards it is not at all surprising that Houston looks much, much better than CPS on the percentage of students with disabilities achieving state standards. In Houston 79% of 3rd grade students with disabilities are reading at or above state standards, whereas in Chicago 22.7 % are reading at state standards. This is not surprising is it given the participation rate difference. In Houston the high school test in reading is given in 9th grade and by then only 59% of the small number of Houston's disabled students who are given the standard TAKS are meeting state standards in reading. In Chicago we test reading at grade 11 and by then only 7.8% of CPS's disabled students tested are reading at state standards. But even given the massive difference in the percentage of students given the standard tests we can see something very similar over time in Houston and in Chicago. In both school districts there is large decline as students with disabilities advance in grades in those who are able to read at or above state standards, in fact the percentage of decline in Houston is actually higher than in Chicago.

    There is one more disturbing statistic about Houston, historically only 49% of students with IEPs graduate.. According to the Texas Education Agency between 29% and 28% of students with disabilities formally drop out. It is therefore interesting that Houston in the last few days cites on its website a decline in its drop out rate but there is no discussion of the rate for students with IEPs. At any rate HISD was named among just four national finalists for the highly coveted Broad Prize for Urban Education.

    CPS on its report card indicates that about 60.3% of students with disabilities graduate. Special education with the longer school day in Houston looks just as problematic as it does in Chicago with a 30% shorter school day. Ultimately I think the length of the school day makes little difference if effective special education services are not being provided to these students.

    Rod Estvan

  • CPS served 17,255 homeless students, a 10.7% increase | Chicago Coalition for the Homeless http://ow.ly/civuC

  • 17,225 homeless children? 10.7% increase in child homelessness under the Emanuel administration? That’s only 4% of the 25% he doesn’t want to ‘throw money’ at! Emanuel will need another 83,922 homeless children in order to meet his benchmark!

    How many of those kids are the children of teachers that Emanuel recently tossed on the streets?

  • Where's Brizard on this? He told us our raises are in the hands of the fact-finder.

  • Very true! This is an excerpt from a letter that was sent to all teachers on July 5th from Brizard:

    It’s very important that everyone is informed of the facts surrounding proposals that have been made at the bargaining table. First, CTU is asking for this authorization to strike based upon CPS’s initial salary offer which was made in response to CTU’s demand from CPS for a 24% increase on July 1, 2012 and a 5% increase on July 1, 2013 (which equates to an increase between 27% and 39% with steps included). With a projected $3 billion deficit over the next three years, we cannot afford a 30% raise, but teachers deserve a raise and will receive one that is fair. How much that raise should be is in the hands of an independent fact finder. Asking CTU members to authorize a strike–an authorization they will not be able to take back–before that process is complete and a recommendation is made is premature, disrespectful of the process, and does not allow teachers to make an informed decision when voting.

  • Rahm said: I want a longer school day.
    Teachers said: We want a better school day.
    Parents (taxpayers) asked: How are you going to pay for it?
    Rahm said: I want a longer school day.
    Rahm thought: SB7 is the key!
    Teachers thought: (98%) we don't think so.
    Brizard said: Trust the process
    Members said: You trust the process
    Fact finder found: increase the work day means you pay

    Moral of the story: out-of-town millionaire reformers may make the policy but don't make the change. Rahm, you said it: public sector employees work for the public, you dear sir, work for us.

    Now is the time for an elected school board. Haven't we had enough?

  • Mayor: Chicago can’t afford to give teachers 18.2 percent pay raise - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/ciPWd

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    If Chicago can't afford the longer day - because that's what this is ultimately about - then the mayor needs to let it go.

    "Benn pinned the blame of the current impasse squarely on Emanuel. He said the mayor 'caused this problem by lengthening the school day and year to the extent' the system did in the midst of a budget crisis."

    The mayor can choose to balance the budget and pay teachers fairly, or he can try to force teachers to work more for free. And that latter simply will not happen.

    He also needs to let go of this "shortest day" business. The high school day is currently a touch under 7 hours. The elementary school day - with lunch in the middle of the day - would come to 6.5 hours, the national average.

  • No, what the mayor can't afford is untaught children, a population that is educationally behind the rest of the country. And we all have to put skin in the game . . . not expect teachers to underwrite the education of Chicago's children. If that means higher taxes, so be it.

  • With a projected $3 billion deficit over the next three years, we cannot afford a 30% raise, but teachers deserve a raise and will receive one that is fair. How much that raise should be is in the hands of an independent fact finder.

  • I am looking forward to reading the fact finders report.
    From the reaction of today’s Tribune it must be a dozy.
    Here is my cynical take on the situation so far:
    Mayoral candidate Emanuel looks around for campaign
    promises which , to him, are popular, winnable, and quick.
    He settles on “ The Children” as one of its keystones .
    In less than two years he could save them by extending
    the school day and year. Use various methods, like charters
    to privatize the school system. And got SB7 passed to bury
    the CTU.
    I wonder how he feels now? The 75% strike vote was easily met.
    The fact finders report has evidently bit him in the ass. Charter schools
    are not the silver bullet or the Salk vaccine of public education.
    And some streets in Chicago are war zones. It seems he is up against
    some unforeseen problems.
    A smart politician would, by now, see the handwriting on the wall
    and try to salvage some sort of victory by compromise. When the UPC
    ran the union things were predictable. Those days are gone .
    The CTU leadership got 10.000 teachers to rally and march
    after school on a Wednesday in May. He better wake up

  • Sadly, I think Emanuel will just play dirty, not wake up.

  • 74. cpsobsessed | July 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    For parents who want to learn more & ask questions to CPS about the budget, we’ve set up a Tele-Town Hall tomorrow. Details below:
    Who's sponsoring this (seen on CPSObsessed.com):

    WHAT: CPS Budget Tele-Town Hall, an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn more about CPS’s proposed budget for next year, hearing directly from CPS officials.

    WHEN: 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Wednesday July 18.

    HOW: To join the call, dial (888) 886-6603, then 19457, and then the “#” symbol toll-free from any phone.

  • Does this mean for those of us who return back to work on the 6th of August we will get our 15% pay raise for working the longer school day?
    Or do we work the regular hours until further notice?
    Rahm & Co. over played their hand.
    Bet they are sorry they kept Track E!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    your salary, sick days and medical stay the same as they did under the old contract. there is no raise. the longer school day schedule will be in effect.

  • Tell Penny, Viatale and Beinen to pay their fair share!


  • Analysis: Emanuel learning a lesson from teachers in union contract flap - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/cjqSX

  • Let the classroom teachers run a 15 minute recess and reduce the day by 15 minutes. Heard that there are schools that proposed this, but CEO rejected it. There is a reason CPS called it LSD in the beginning. Y'all on somethin'.

    And as for Brizard from Broad--shut that down. Broadies are bad news. What a waste of a rich man's money--but then, I guess you can be so rich that you don't even feel waste.

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