Today's news includes a Tribune story about Track E schools that have already started ramping up, a slew of articles about the longer day (including one from the Sun Times about what the Pioneer school experience was last year), several updates on the strike talks -- I mean contract negotiations -- and a strange item about a CPS biometrics contract (sounds very high-tech, I'm assuming it's something only used at Clark Street). My strike prediction: Not going to happen (August 24 deadline, says Catalyst). My longer day assessment: Not a dramatic difference.
Amid strike threat, school to start for some CPS students Tribune: Students in 243 Chicago public schools, roughly a third of the district, return to the classroom Monday at a time of transformation and uncertainty. For many parents, teachers and administrators, the usual stress that accompanies the start of a new school year ...
‘Pioneer Schools’ give a peek at what CPS’s longer school day will look like Sun Times: On Monday, when the bell rings in Chicago’s year-round public schools to launch the new year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for a longer day becomes a reality. The Sun-Times looked at 13 participating elementary schools to get an idea of what the typical school can expect.
Chicago's longer school day -- Facts, figures and a Q & A Tribune: Part of my Q-and-A with Chicago Public Schools officials prior to writing Friday's column involved simply putting the numbers together with which to start the conversation.
Doing the math on the 'miracle' of Chicago's longer school day Tribune (Zorn): After hiring (actually rehiring) 477 teachers for an estimated $150 million to $180 million and adding an additional 512 teachers at all levels with $130 million in discretionary funds earmarked by CPS to enhance the longer school day, Chicago still anticipates starting the year with 173 fewer teachers than last year -- a staffing decrease of less than 1 percent that's tied to an anticipated lower enrollment.
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CPS Can't Afford a Longer Day ChicagoNow: It's no secret that Chicago Public Schools, the third largest district in the nation, is one of the lowest performing in academic achievement. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and others believe that a longer school day will improve academic outcomes—even though ...
Union chief: Teachers should prepare for strike Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis rattled the bargaining sabers Thursday, saying so many big issues remain on the negotiating table that teachers need to be prepared for a September strike.
With school year approaching, strike still a possibility Catalyst: If the union wants to declare a strike before the start of the regular-track school year, it would have to do so on or before Aug. 24. State law requires a 10-day notice. Lewis says there’s several outstanding issues that the union is not willing to concede, but that they haven’t been discussed for a while. Among them, compensation and step and lane salary increases, which are based on experience and education.
Duncan says CPS-union deal 'huge step' ABC7: Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls the interim deal between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union on a longer school day a huge step in the right direction.
Accurate Biometrics Awarded the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Fingerprinting ... Virtual-Strategy Magazine: Accurate Biometrics, today, announced it was awarded the Fingerprinting Services contract for the Chicago Public Schools, for a two year term, with an option to renew for one additional year. This will be the fourth consecutive award to Accurate Biometrics.