| Aug 19, 2011
"I was surprised by the level of incoherence in the system."
—Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, meeting Thursday with the Tribune editorial board
The Chicago Public Schools system has gone through three attempted revolutions in the 16 years...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 6:20 AM
The annual budget for Chicago’s public school system is dense and complex, but one underlying fact stood apart from the rest: Over the last decade, CPS’ student enrollment has steadily declined while costs grew substantially. Why does it...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 4:27 PM
Chicago Public Schools today launched its plan 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.
However, Chicago Teachers Union President...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 6:52 PM
Chicago Public Schools' governing board today unanimously approved a tax increase to support a $5.9 billion budget for next year amid growing concerns about the district's long-term financial health and an escalating public battle with the teachers...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 9:59 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he supported Chicago Public Schools' latest offer to teachers for a 2 percent raise in return for a longer school day.
"We made a serious offer," Emanuel said.
"This is what I call a win-win for the city of Chicago," he...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 1:23 PM
The Chicago Teachers Union has rejected Chicago Public Schools officials' offer of a 2 percent raise for elementary school teachers in exchange for a longer school day starting in January.
“Yes, we fully support a better, smarter school day for our...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 11:06 AM
In a luncheon with civic leaders from the famed City Club today, Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard unveiled the district's plans to adopt a more rigorous curriculum to coincide with a longer school day beginning in the 2012-13 school year....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 12:53 PM
Our Sept. 13 public affairs forum, Chicago Forward: Education, is just around the corner. Dedicated members of Trib Nation will recall we hosted one of these forums a year ago, and I'll include a link to that forum in this post.
This year's Chicago...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 2:54 AM
A majority of Chicago's public school children return to school today, bringing to a close an acrimonious summer filled with budget cuts, union strife and a citywide debate over longer school days.
It's the second "first day" of school this year. On...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 10:28 AM
Students at Woodlawn Community Elementary School begin the day with African drums, a call-and-response ritual and by reciting one of seven virtues that keeps them focused on learning throughout the day.
It’s no wonder then that students at the...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 6:54 PM
After weeks of bitter fighting over the district’s efforts to introduce a longer school day, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union appeared ready to sit down and talk today.
But then, they found something else to argue about —...