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School Hours Across CPS – New Lane Tech AC Hours: Early!!

So I’ve heard from a parent who’s child will be starting in the new Lane Tech Academic Center about the program hours:

Yesterday I received a call from the Lane Tech AC administrator to tell me that the hours of the AC had been set. School will start at 7:15 and end at 2:15. At first I thought I had misheard her, and said :7:50? She said no 7:15. She then explained that the early hours were the only way that the school could offer transportation to the AC. She also said the  early hours are allowing the school to extend the day and include one more class in the curriculum. That’s all well and good, but these hours mean that the kids need to be at school by 7 am! And if you work (like I do) – what do you do with a 12/13 yr old    who is out of school at 2:15?!

So the GOOD news is that Lane AC will be a 7 hour day, which is longer than typical CPS 7th-8th grade.  The bad news is that these kids have to get up so insanely early!  Of course CPS needs to be efficient with its busses (although I cringe when I see giant busses pull up en masse in front of my son’s school with about 6 students max, per bus.)

Would this early start time be a deal breaker for you?  I remember an ex-babysitter we used who went to Whitney Young telling me that she had to get really early to bus it down there and in my mind I crossed if off my mental list of high school possibilities (yeah right… obviously wouldn’t turn it down if it happened, but still!)

Schools that start at 9am but don’t have pre-care are also a drag for working parents.

The reader who wrote in wondered if parents have any control over the hours.  I don’t think I’ve heard of a school changing their hours and I suspect it would be a major undertaking with the support of everyone in the world needed.  Probably easier in a neighborhood school where there is no bussing.

Opinions?

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May 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm 33 comments

Lane Tech meeting Thurs March 17 5:30pm

A parent from Lane emailed me about a meeting at Lane this Thursday to discuss the proposed academic center (that may be a “done deal” in CPS but still needs a forum for input — sounds a bit like a dysfunctional relationship, but hey.) 

Join CPS Representatives to discuss the proposed addition of a 7th and 8th grade Academic Center program at Lane Tech High School.

Thursday March 17, 5:30 pm
(I cannot discern the actual location of the meeting inside the monster building.  If anyone knows, please post.)

There’s no info on the Lane Tech site, but a flyer was given to current parents.

If (as people report) kids who already tested for an Academic Center this year will be eligible, CPS needs to get this thing approved and offered up as an option.  It’s similar to a few years ago when Coonley RGC was offered up at the last minute.  I’m pretty sure that all happened AFTER initial first round offers were accepted.  So the next couple weeks seem critical in determining whether this Lane AC is going to open or not. 

I may try to get there, but it’s a little difficult given my Loop work and the meeting start time.  (I always say I’m going to “get places” and never do, don’t I?  I swear I have good intentions.  I need an intern who I can send to meetings…)

Here’s an article about the 3/17 meeting:
Looks like Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, the Trib education reporter is following this story, which is nice.  From her article:

Lane Tech has sought an academic center for two years, but this is the first time it’s proceeded this far. Lane Tech Principal Antoinette LoBosco said the community has gathered 3,000 petitions online in support of the program.

CPS officials will present plans for the program at Thursday’s hearing, along with explaining what adding the academic center would do to the number of spots available for students applying to Lane Tech’s freshman class in future years. If approved, the program hopes to start with 90 seventh-graders in the fall, then add eighth grade the subsequent year.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/ct-met-lane-tech-0315-20110314,0,1315207.story

March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm 124 comments


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