Emanuel Scales Back Longer School Day ? CBS ChicagoEmanuel said, even scaling back to 7-hour days for elementary schools, CPS will be providing a great deal more classroom time for students, given that the district also lengthened the school year by 10 days starting next school year.
“We are gonna go from 170 days to 180 days; from 5 hours and 45 minutes to 7 hours. That comes to 40 additional days of instruction,” he said.
At the Disney Magnet School on Tuesday, the mayor said: “The [extra] time is not the goal. The time is an opportunity to be maximized for our kids with better instruction.”
The longer elementary school day will include 52 more minutes of instructional time per day, with a total time of six hours in class, and 45 minutes for recess and lunch. High school students will receive 46 more minutes of instructional time per day, the Mayor’s office said.
Chicago Wants Longer School Day; Foes Want Details : NPRMost kids in Chicago's public schools spend just five hours and 45 minutes in school a day. It's one of the shortest school days in the country.
That's why more than half of the city's public elementary schools have no recess. At those that do, it's shockingly short.
"We have a 10-minute recess and a 10-minute lunch at our school," says Wendy Katten, mother of a third-grader at Burley Elementary School in Chicago. "It's not sufficient."
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