Teachers Union To Go To Aldermen With Case Against Longer School Day

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union is taking its case against a longer school day directly to the City Council.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, the union plans to lobby aldermen in person to counteract the public relations blitz in favor of a longer school day by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

The Chicago Tribune reports CTU president Karen Lewis issued a letter to aldermen this week, which invited them to attend one of three private meetings that will be held in a downtown motel.

The purpose, Lewis is quoted by the Tribune, is to “share our vision for Chicago’s public school educators and students.”

The meetings also will address school funding, retention of teacher, merit pay and violence in schools, the newspaper reported.

Mayor Emanuel has devoted great attention toward lengthening the school day, and has asked the union to accept the change before the beginning of next school year.

He also offered a 2 percent raise if the union agreed to the longer day.

But the union disagreed, complaining that the extra time teachers are being asked to work is not covered by a mere 2 percent raise. Thus, school officials asked individual schools to break ranks and agree to the longer school day on their own.

As a reward for lengthening their school days, each school was promised an extra $150,000 in funding from the Chicago Public Schools. Teachers at the schools are receiving $1,250 bonuses and the 2 percent raises.

Thirteen schools agreed to the offer.

  • Reality Check

    Get your facts straight. The board of education took away the 2% teacher raises for this year. If the teachers in the schools who are part of the longer school day get the 2% raise as this reports indicates, it is no raise at all. They are simply getting back the money all teachers were originally owed in the contract in the first place. The only thing they are getting is a one-time stipend for the $1,200, which would cover more classroom supplies and materials teacher spend their own money on anyway. When you factor in the extra time there is no pay iincrease at all, especially when many teachers who have their own children will now have to pay for an extra hour or so of daycare every day for their own children due to the longer work day.

  • Rick

    They also AVERAGE $80,000 per year for 9 months work. Who needs a reality check?

    • Middleclass mom

      They also have to pay for CONTINUOUS education for themselves( no reimbursements). they also bring their work home (grading papers, planning out weeks in advance classroom activities and lessons) Teachers have been known to come early, stay late or give up lunch times to tutor. So Rick, I think YOU can benefit from a reality check !

  • Spock

    It seems to me that the teachers and the union are the ONLY ones who are against a longer school day. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

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