Posts tagged "Chicago teachers union"

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo
Below is something I posted in September 2011. A year later, very few questions on how to make the system better have been answered– today, teachers are concerned about evaluations, with the union being more concerned about keeping the status quo rather than fixing as product that clearly needs fixing. How come the dropout rate... Read more »

Perhaps instruction time is not the problem with the Chicago Public Schools

Perhaps instruction time is not the problem with the Chicago Public Schools
So, maybe I was wrong.  Over the last few weeks I have berated the Chicago Public Schools on its short school day.  CPS students get the least amount of instruction time of Illinois students.  I have called for the Chicago Teachers Union to embrace the need for more instruction time.  And  I have questioned whether... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools’ increase school day by 90 minutes—could result in teachers’ strike

Chicago Public Schools’ increase school day by 90 minutes—could result in teachers’ strike
Yesterday, the Chicago Public Schools announced its plan for a longer school day.  As a CPS school day stands, when compared to public school children in Houston, by the end of high school students in Houston receive a full four more years in the classroom than CPS students.  Under the new plan, the school day,... Read more »
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Why does Mayor Emanuel have to remind CPS students to attend the first day of class? Chicago parents must be more responsible for education

Why does Mayor Emanuel have to remind CPS students to attend the first day of class?  Chicago parents must be more responsible for education
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard are performing the annual Chicago late summer ritual: reminding parents about the first day of classes. I’ve always found it a bit disconcerting that parents and students have to be reminded for a full month to attend classes the Tuesday after Labor Day. Then I found... Read more »

Education Reform in Springfield? The Performance Counts Act will be discussed in the Illinois Senate

Michelle Rhee on the cover of Time When I started as chancellor in 2007, I never had any illusions about how though it would be to turn around a failing system like D.C.’s; the city had gone through seven chancellors in the 10 years before me. While I had to make many structural changes,… I... Read more »