An unfair labor practices complaint filed by the Chicago Teachers Union is moving forward. It challenges the district’s school-by-school push for a longer school day.The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board determined late Thursday that a violation of labor laws may have occurred.
The story was a front-page newspaper sensation on September 30, 1927. Chicago school superintendent William McAndrew was on trial.The Board of Education had hired McAndrew in 1924, telling him to clean up the school system. That he had done. Most of his reforms were applauded.
Summer break ended for Chicago’s students but the tension between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union continued. Issues like scrapped teacher raises and the length of the school day contributed to the acrimony.
About 300,000 Chicago kids head back to school today.Some are heading into completely new school buildings or programs.In just 10 months, a shiny metal-and-glass, super-modern school has emerged from vacant industrial land on the Southwest Side. It’s an UNO charter school, where Juan Rangel is
AUDIE CORNISH, host: The new school year starts this week in Chicago. And in a couple of schools, the day will be 90 minutes longer than last year. The new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and his team of school leaders complain that Chicago's public schools have among the shortest school days in the country.