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.
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.
The president of the Chicago Teachers Union continued to criticize Mayor Emanuel's approach to implementing a longer school day at Chicago's public schools.Speaking Thursday on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight, Lewis said an advisory committee formed to make recommendations about the specific shape
The Chicago Teachers Union is rejecting a proposal to immediately lengthen Chicago’s school day.Chicago Public Schools wanted 90 more minutes of class for elementary schools this year, an idea schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard floated on TV this week.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a plan to give teachers a small raise in exchange for extending the school day.Emanuel's schools chief, Jean Claude Brizard, this week said he's willing to give teachers a two percent raise, in exchange for 90 extra minutes in kindergarten through eighth grades.
The President of the Chicago Board of Education called teachers "the most important part of our educational system", but insisted that the district can't afford to provide a four percent pay increase to teachers and other school union members during the next school year.The Chicago Teachers Union wa
Chicago’s new Board of Education will convene for the first time Wednesday to address a hot topic: whether the district can afford $100 million in raises scheduled for unionized employees.Less than four years ago, it was Chicago Public Schools that pushed the Chicago Teachers Union for an agreement