Parents Push Back Against 7.5 Hours

Pushback against the 7.5 hour school day seems to be building, at least in terms of media coverage, along with other followup from Wednesday’s Board meeting and previews of this weekend’s New Schools Expo, now in its 5th year.

Parents cite growing opposition to longer school day Sun Times:  Parents charged Wednesday that the opposition to a 7-1/2 hour school day touted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is strong and growing, with more than 900 parents signing a new online petition against it.

Jody Weis on “The Gang Book” WTTW:  The latest information about Chicago street gangs has been compiled in a new book from the Chicago Crime Commission. We talk to the head of the Commission, former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis.

Ill. Board of Education Seeks More Money Fox:  The Illinois State Board of Education is asking for $265 million more in state funding next year.

New Schools Expo to Feature Charters Fox:  The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldier Field. Phyllis Lockett, president and CEO of new schools for Chicago and Robin Johnson, principal at Learn Romano Butler joined us with more information.

Charter School Tips: Apply Now Fox: Some people think charter schools are the way to go, and some don’t. But in neighborhoods where public schools are underperforming, these free public schools run by privatenon-profit groups may be a viable option for your children to get a better education.

Some CPS Schools Receive $4M in Donation Fox: Students at more than 100 public schools throughout the city will benefit from a donation of about $4 million worth of computers and printers from the government.

CPS Students Get 2,000 Computers, Printers From Feds CBS:  Thanks to the federal government, students at several Chicago Public Schools now have more than 2,000 computers and printers to use in their studies.

Authorities find nothing after bomb threat forces evacuation of South Side high school Tribune:  An Englewood neighborhood public high school was evacuated this morning following a bomb threat, but investigators found nothing and students were expected to be let back in the building, officials said.

Teen charged with biting cop during lunchtime brawl at West Side school Sun Times:  Police say a 17-year-old student bit a Chicago Police officer in the hand three times as the officer tried to arrest her after a large fight during lunch Thursday at a West Side high school.

Jed Hoyer to Speak at The New York Times College Life Fair [press release]: The Times is collaborating on the planning process for the fair with IACAC, as well as TheChicago Public Schools, which plan to bus thousands of high school sophomores and juniors to the event throughout the day.


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