September 9, 2011
This morning, 70 percent of teachers at William H. Brown Elementary School at 54 N Hermitage Avenue on the Near West Side voted to approve a waiver to the Collective Bargain Agreement between the Chicago Public Schools and CTU that would add 90 minutes of instructional time to their school day. Passage of waivers require 50% + 1 of all voting teachers. The approved waiver will extend their school day beginning September 26, 2011.
Statement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and CPS Board President David Vitale:
We praise the teachers at Brown Elementary and principal Sadler for their tireless dedication to our children’s future by supporting a longer school day. Now known as the William H. Brown School of Technology, the school has taken enormous strides forward in the past few years and was even featured in a recent Apple iPad commercial for their innovative use of technology. Their commitment to a longer day is another leap forward for the school, one that will help our children to receive the world class education they deserve in every community. Our children continue to lag behind their peers across the nation despite the hard work of teachers. Teachers at Brown today are embracing a longer day as a means to help close these gaps and boost their students’ academic success in the classroom. We hope that more parents, teachers and principals will continue to discuss how a longer day can help schools make the most of every school day.”
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.