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Here's what Noble and UP kids are like after 6 hours of school:
Top 20 2012 Chicago HS growth to ACT, ranked:
1 NORTHSIDE PREP 7.2
2 NOBLE ST CHTR-PRITZKER 6.7
In any systems analysis there is a law of diminishing returns. Kids get bored, antsy, frustrated etc. after a certain amount of time. Is there a study that shows that 6.5 hours is better than 6?...
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In the News: Teachers keep striking; Rahm goes to court
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is threatening to go to court today to end the Chicago teachers strike after union delegates decided to extend the walkout at least two more days while they review a tentative deal.
The teachers’ strike interrupted classes for a second week on Monday, days after teachers’ union leaders and public schools officials reached a tentative agreement that won only modest support among the union’s members during a weekend meeting. (The New York Times)
A statement from the Mayor's office said the strike is illegal because the union is striking over issues that are not strikable under state law and because it "endangers the health and safety" of children. (WBEZ)
Within an hour after CTU’s House of Delegates refused to vote to suspend the weeklong teachers’ strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying he has told city lawyers to ask a judge to force teachers to go back to work. (Catalyst)
With Chicago Teachers Union delegates voting to stay on strike at least through Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Sunday accused the union of using children as “pawns’’ and vowed to seek a court order to halt the walkout. (Sun-Times)
Parents of Chicago Public Schools students have mixed reactions to a continuing strike in the nation's third-largest district. (AP/Sacramento Bee)
“We are still on strike,” teachers and their union president cried Saturday at a massive Chicago Teachers Union rally in Union Park, as negotiators hammered out the language of a possible contract a few miles away in the Loop.
NBC Chicago is reporting that union infighting lead teachers back to the picket line because one faction saw the tentative agreement as a "back room deal."
The city’s robust community-organizing movement has been a potent sister act for the CTU, writes Laura Washington in today's Sun-Times.
IN THE STATE
Lake Forest High School students are being told to report to school Monday morning despite an ongoing strike that has 150 teachers on a picket line. (ABC7News)
IN THE NATION
Tucson schools overhaul a program to help struggling Hispanic students. (The New York Times)