Today’s news is all about the proposed budget and the proposed extension of the school year for next year, both of which will be discussed if not decided at today’s monthly Board meeting. Which is more important? My usual take is the thing that’s happening now (the budget) is often more important than the thing happening then (the longer day), but others may see it differently. And of course, they’re inter-related issues.
CPS chief offers grade school teachers raises for longer day, year Sun Times: Brizard vowed Tuesday to add 90 minutes a day and two weeks a year to the Chicago Public School calendar and offered an 11th-hour plan to get halfway to that goal this coming school year.
CPS begins move to extend school day Tribune: CPS today launched their plans to extend students’ time in the classroom by 90 minutes each and by two weeks each year and set up an advisory committee to figure out how it’ll be done.
School board weighs property taxes, longer day ABC7: Chicago Public Schools officials want students in class longer, including an extra 90 minutes in school each day and two additional weeks to the school year. Teachers who are trying to get back a 4-percent raise are not happy with the proposal.
Chicago Teachers Seek Compromise On Raises Progress IL: In June, the Board voted to rescind 4 percent raises to Chicago Public Schools teachers. As part of its proposal to accept lower raises, the Chicago Teacher’s Union asked the Board to consider the following demands.
CPS budget to be considered Wednesday as teachers union and mayor fight battles Tribune: As the Chicago Board of Education prepares to approve a 2011-12 budget Wednesday, school officials and the teachers union are battling publicly over related issues of withdrawn raises and the mayor’s push for a longer school day.
School budget cuts to hit most troubled students Catalyst: Advocates and teachers don’t know of specific plans for serving these young people, but the suspicion is that CPS may turn to private contractors. The recent trend has been to send these students to less expensive private therapeutic day schools or charter alternative schools.
Amid Labor Strife, CPS Sets Longer School Day CNC: Legislation signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in May gives CPS the power to unilaterally implement a longer school day and year, but states the district must bargain the impact, including how much teachers would be compensated.
Longer Days, Longer Year Ahead WBEZ: Chicago Public School officials on Tuesday announced plans to extend the school day by an additional 90 minutes and two weeks, doing say one day after contract talks with the teachers union fell apart.
Chicago schools: 90 more minutes a day, 2 extra weeks WBEZ: That’s what Chicago Public Schools says the city’s new school calendar will look like beginning in the fall of 2012. Schools will be required to spend part of their extra time on reading, math and science, but they’ll also be able to add recess, …
Chicago schools plan longer day SSNS: While some teachers have reacted favorably to the idea, CTU President Karen Lewis told the Chicago Tribune her organization will not participate on the committee.
Illinois likely site of next fight over public employee benefits via IEA: Unionized public employees are once again clashing with state leaders who want to roll back benefits and weaken collective bargaining to shore up a government budget.
Teen questioned after shooting of 1-year-old on South Side SouthtownStar: The baby’s mother is a Chicago Public Schools senior, a neighbor said. The teen lives with her sister, two brothers, their parents and the infant in a garden apartment of a home on the 8300 block of South Muskegon Avenue.
Academy for Urban School Leadership gets new board chairman Tribune: The Academy for Urban School Leadership, which manages teacher training academies in Chicago and oversees efforts to turn around several low-performing schools in Chicago, has announced a new board chairman to replace David Vitale.