Chicago Teachers Union | CPS Steps Back from Longest School Day | Realschoolreform |

The Chicago Teachers Union bargaining committee today accepted an interim agreement that many thought impossible: The Chicago Public Schools has finally backed off the unworkable seven-hour 40 minute teacher work day and instead will make only modest increases in the length of teacher work days. CPS thus reverses its publicly-announced policy that the CTU has consistently criticized as bad for both students and teachers. CPS will staff the longer student day by hiring nearly 500 new teaching positions, and it has finally agreed to recall rights for teachers. Tenured teachers displaced in 2010, 2011 and 2012 will constitute the pool from which principals must hire the new teachers.