Today’s education news includes BACK TO SCHOOL, contract negotiations/strike possibilities, and bubbling thoughts (hopes?) that Brizard will leave. Let us know how the day goes, one way or the other, what you think will (or should) happen with the strike and the contract, and whether you think Brizard is to blame or not.SCHOOL START
School set to start Tuesday, but ‘there’s so much up in the air’ Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s signature longer school day and year kicks off Tuesday citywide amid the drama of a threatened teacher strike that could halt classes after only four days.
What’s new this school year in CPS Sun Times: What’s new this year at CPS • Longer day: For kids, the elementary school day will be 7 hours vs. 5 hours and 45 minutes last year; the high school day will be a half-hour longer (at 7½ hours) four days a week but nearly 40 minutes shorter one day a week. •
CPS, Teachers Union Strike Talks Continue Over Holiday Weekend Huffington Post: The holiday weekend hasn’t been much of one for Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools officials as their negotiations continue in an effort to reach a teachers strike-averting compromise.
Teachers rally; Lewis calls Emanuel ‘liar and bully’ Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, rallying her troops as a potential teachers strike approaches, called Mayor Rahm Emanuel a “liar and a bully” during a huge rally this Labor Day afternoon at Daley Plaza. Thousands of teachers and public workers gathered in the Loop plaza before marching around City Hall.
Dynamiting the status quo Tribune (editorial): In July, leaders of the cash-starved Chicago Public Schools reluctantly returned $34 million in federal grant money targeted to develop a merit pay system for public school teachers.
Rally brings local groups out for Chicago teachers WBEZ: Parents, teachers and labor groups joined in support of the Chicago Teachers Union in its testy negotiations with Chicago Public Schools.
Lifeline Schools Brace For Teacher Strike AP: District officials said they would chaperone students during the morning in 145 schools, and invited bids from community organizations to provide “positive activities” the rest of the day.
City Colleges reach labor agreement with teachers ahead of schedule WBEZ: Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools continue to be tense.But City College teachers have just agreed to a six-year contract with Mayor Rahm Emanuel long before the deadline.
Emanuel gives Brizard a vote of confidence Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today publicly backed Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, saying he’s doing “a great job.”
Brizard on the ropes? Tribune (editorial): The Tribune on Friday reported a stunner: Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has gotten sharply critical reviews from the Board of Education and could be fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Within hours, Emanuel denied he was about to push his schools CEO out the door.
For the Record: Social Justice High School Catalyst: Though the decision was not unanimous, LSC members said they recommended in the Spring that Kathy Farr be given a contract. CPS officials refused to grant her one. Then, on Aug. 7, Farr said she was told she no longer had a job. CPS officials would not comment on Farr’s removal.