More HISD teachers could be getting jobs back

August 9, 2011 5:33:39 AM PDT
Hundreds of HISD teachers have been re-hired since those massive layoffs last spring. Now, even more educators could be getting their jobs back thanks to a better than expected budget outlook.

More than 300 teachers have been re-hired so far. And this Thursday the board is set to vote on a plan to return $18.5 million to campuses this coming school year. The plan would give principals the power to decide how to spend the money.

And as back to school time gets closer, some educators are pushing the idea of a longer school day. The theory is that having students in school for a longer period of time will put them on the same academic level as the rest of the world. There's also arguments that keeping kids in school will keep them safer and out of trouble.

The longer day concept is already under serious consideration in Chicago public schools.