We do some digging and learn what's going on in two swing states: Wisconsin and Colorado. We'll also have an extended conversation with former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. Then we talk to Davy Rothbart of Found magazine.
Chicago Public Schools has reached a tentative contract agreement with its second largest union.The school system announced early Monday that it's negotiated a three-year contract with the Service Employees International Union Local 73.
The head of Chicago Public Schools is hoping Illinois can also get a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. On Thursday President Barack Obama freed 10 states from this education law, including Indiana.CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the law is too rigid."
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 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.