Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 11

  • CTA buying 125 New Buses to Replace the Oldest Vehicles in Its Fleet (Tribune)
  • Police Seeking Driver Who Seriously Injured Pedestrian in Vernon Hills (Tribune)
  • Woman Fights to Recover After an Allegedly Drunk Driver Struck Her Car (Tribune)
  • More Details on How the South Shore Line’s Bikes-on-Trains Pilot Will Work (SBT)
  • After Backlash From Students & Parents, CPS Shelves Plan to Move Back Bell Times (DNA)
  • Temporary Overnight Closures of 2 LSD Lanes for Navy Pier Flyover Work (Sun-Times)
  • Gas Now Averaging $2.78 a Gallon in the Chicago Area, Expected to Fall Further (Tribune)
  • Active Trans Looks at the Proposed TOD Reform Ordinance
  • Beverly & Morgan Park Streets Could Benefit From Road Diets (Main Street Beverly)
  • Prieto Academy Students Spent a Month Studying the Bloomingdale Trail (DNA)
  • Gallery: Construction of the Next Phase of the Riverwalk Extension Is Underway (Curbed)

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  • BlueFairlane

    Here’s a random calculation.

    When I started driving, gas tended to run around a buck a gallon where I lived. The online CPI inflation calculator says that translates to $1.92 today. Gas Buddy says the current price where I tended to buy gas back then is $2.15. So in real dollars, gas is almost as cheap right now as it was 25 years ago.

  • The most frustrating part about this kerfuffle around CPS changing start times is that if you look at the neuroscience, high schools SHOULD be starting at 9 or 9:30 if they want to encourage student success. Teenage brains tend to shift their circadian rhythm and getting to school at 7:30 for them is like getting to work at 4:45 for adults — a road to zombieville.

    But shouts of SPOOOOOOORTS!!! have derailed it again. Put the sports BEFORE school, and the jocks who feel like getting up that early can wake up their bodies and get some running around in before class: ideal!

    But no, the sacred “Sports” timeslot must be maintained at 3:30-6 so the kids can come home, eat dinner, and do the now-standard 3-4 hours of homework before getting up again at the asscrack of morning to drag in and waste hours of potential learning time trying not to fall asleep.

  • rohmen

    The articles have been skimpy on the concerns actually raised by many of the parents, and I’m sure sports/extracurricular is one of them, but I’d imagine another concern came from houses where both (or a single) parent work and have to get kids to school safely before 9 or 9:30, right?? Maybe not as big of a concern for HS, but I’d imagine it was a big factor as to why parents fought on middle and elementary schools roll backs.

  • Most of the late starts were planned to be high schools, which actually helps older kids take their younger siblings to school and still not be late.

    I can only go by what was said in places I could see (parenting groups, facebook groups, comments on CPS announcements), but the complaints seemed to fall into two camps, about equally prevalent, with nobody else but me saying anything good OR bad:
    1- SPOOOOORTS!
    2- My kid needs to start school at 7:30 to teach them a lesson so they’ll grow up to not be lazy.

  • R.A. Stewart

    I *think* I remember, on the WBBM radio coverage when the change was first announced, hearing concerns from some parents about safety–as the later end of the school day would not be long before dark in midwinter, and some of these kids have long bus rides, sometimes to neighborhoods where trouble could well be waiting for them after dark.

    Remembering my own years of having kids of various ages in schools, I can also imagine that it would add to the stress and hassle to have your children starting and ending the school day at two separate times.

  • That’s a hassle that many parents (especially browner and poorer ones) already have to deal with. Somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter to a third of households with kids in CPS have kids at two separate schools, and a staggeringly large portion of those have kids at two separate schools many miles apart. Later starts for high school mean an older sibling can take a younger to school (while the parent takes a third), and still get to their own school on time.

    This change would have meant that white northside parents would have had to enter the same world that is common across the entire school system. So they yelled.

    As far as day length, later starts mean going to school in daylight — and coming home in or just after rush hour, when transit is quite safe because it’s too FULL to be dangerous.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Those are good points. Thanks for bringing them out.

  • And the federal gas tax hasn’t changed in 24 years. So yeah, I believe it.

  • BlueFairlane

    True, and these calculations only emphasize how nuts that really is. Today’s gas tax barely has half the buying power it did when I started driving.

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