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theschoolboards
09-26-2010, 07:13 PM
An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-charters-time-20100925,0,7304457.story) by Bonnie Miller Rubin:
Charles Fields doesn't mind being in school until 5 p.m. even though he knows most of his peers would regard it as punishment, like detention.

"I like it because I get to learn more," said the eighth-grader, juggling books under his arm. "I'm doing the same math as my cousins and they're in high school."

Charles is not some academic superstar. He describes himself as a "regular kid" who likes barbecue, basketball and just happens to attend KIPP Ascend, a charter school on the city's West Side.

For KIPPsters like Charles, the day starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Class time also includes one Saturday a month and lasts three weeks longer into summer than traditional public schools.

"It's a game changer," said April Goble, executive director of KIPP Chicago, which operates two schools in the city and 99 across the country.

Of the nation's 655 "expanded time" schools, about 75 percent are charters, according to the National Center on Time and Learning, a Boston-based nonprofit, which tracks the trend. Charters enroll only 5 percent of the nation's students, serving a heavily minority and disadvantaged population.

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What do you think - do you favor a longer school day?