Heads of CPS, Teachers Union Debate

September 14, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — The two sides waging a public tug of war over the future of Chicago Public Schoolsplayfully sparred Tuesday night in a live debate over contentious issues including a longer school day and teacher pay and evaluations.  But CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis also found common ground on what it takes to improve the city’s sagging neighborhood schools and expand education options for all students in the city.  Speaking in front of an audience of about 700 people, many of whom were teachers and union supporters, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, Brizard deflected criticism that his administration was trying to bypass the union in its effort to lengthen the CPS school day by 90 minutes.

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