View Full Version : Local News Third of CPS schools roll out longer days

08-14-2012, 09:59 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-cps-first-day0814-20120814,0,383940.story) by Joel Hood and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:

Students were back at their desks in more than a third of Chicago's public schools Monday, taking on additional classes scheduled to fill the longer school day that created so much tension in teacher contract talks over the summer.

At Lindblom Math and Science Academy in the city's Englewood neighborhood, where Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard rang the ceremonial first bell, students saw their school day increase by 41 minutes four days a week, pushing back the end of the school day to 3:44 p.m.

At Walsh Elementary in Pilsen, returning students accustomed to last year's 9 a.m. start time had to be in class by 7:45 a.m.

"I'm kind of mad because I have to go to sleep early," said Walsh fifth-grader Anastasia Ramirez, who was in bed by 8:30 p.m. Sunday. "But when I come to school, I get to learn more. I like learning."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to lengthen the school day for Chicago's public school students was long on ambition but short on details, giving principals wide latitude over how to use the extra time. As a result, schedules for teachers and students vary widely across the district, catering to the needs of students in each community.

The longer day "means more (Advanced Placement biology), more support for students who need it," Brizard told students who packed Lindblom's auditorium Monday. "For elementary schools, it'll mean more recess, more math, more social studies."

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