Thursday, September 8, 2011

Englewood school is fourth in Chicago to adopt longer class day - Chicago Sun-Times

Englewood school is fourth in Chicago to adopt longer class day - Chicago Sun-Times
As ministers rallied Thursday at City Hall and Chicago aldermen prepared to join them by approving a resolution in favor of the longer school day, teachers at Benjamin Mays Elementary, 838 W. Marquette, overwhelmingly agreed to work 90 minutes longer, beginning in January.

The 81 percent vote handed another symbolic victory to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his quest to move up the timetable on his signature education initiative — instituting a longer school day and school year

Emanuel lobbied the Illinois General Assembly to approve the longer school day and school year, but he can’t implement it this year without union approval to do so citywide or authorization from teachers to do so at individual schools.

After rescinding a 4 percent pay raise tied to the teachers contract, schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard offered to give 2 percent back, but only to elementary school teachers who agreed to work 90 minutes longer this school year.

The Chicago Teachers Union rejected that offer, but Emanuel, refusingd to take “no” for an answer, has worked with Brizard to rally parents and ministers behind the immediate change while attempting to pick off individual schools one by one.

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