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  •  Why are they increasing hours anyway? (0+ / 0-)

    "And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space" Khalil Gibran

    by bcdelta on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 01:20:15 PM PDT

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    •  Because they want to (7+ / 0-)

      They decided on their own that it would be good for kids to have more time in school.

      They also decided that they didn't want to spend any money to accomplish this.

      Now. A reasonable person might want that. And then the way you'd go about it would be to sit down with the teachers and say, "We really want to improve the school outcomes. We are thinking that a longer day would help. What do you think, and given how little money we have to work with, where should we spend the money we have and how might we accomplish this?"

      If your boss came to you and said, "We decided we want you all to work a 20% more hours for no extra pay, starting in two months," I think you can expect a uniformly bad reaction.

      On the other hand, a truly strapped business might find creative ways to sell something like that, by offering stock options or other future rewards if a short-term initiative works out, by increasing flexibility or other benefits, etc. A school system could do that too - if they had come to the table in good faith instead of wanting to bash some heads.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 01:44:58 PM PDT

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      •  How about a fact based comment (0+ / 0-)

        Chicago has among the shortest school day in the country and the shortest school year in the country.  That is why the children should be in class longer......

        •  How about an honest discussion between (0+ / 0-)

          two parties from a position of mutual respect? That doesn't have to be hard.

          In California we're at 175 days and they're threatening us with 160 to make the budget work. My district goes 180 because the teachers think it's important and valuable. Not because some asshole said, "do it or else."

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:18:34 AM PDT

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