August 29, 2012
CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today held a roundtable discussion with Track E principals from across the District to hear firsthand the impact the Full School Day has had on students and their school communities. Since reaching a landmark agreement with the CTU on the full day in July, which included the addition of 477 new teaching positions, more than 140,000 kids who started school in August have been in the classroom benefiting from more quality time with their teachers. More than 250,000 CPS students will begin the Full School Day with the start of Track R schools on September 4.
“The message I heard from principals is that the Full School Day is finally giving students and teachers the quality school day they deserve,” said CEO Brizard. “The positive impact the Full School Day is having on our kids is just beginning, and we must be committed to doing everything possible to ensure all students remain in the classroom without any disruptions to their learning.”
The roundtable discussion took place in the library of Milton Brunson Elementary, located in the City’s Austin community, to talk about the positive impact the Full School Day has had on their students. With the additional, quality time added to the day, students at Brunson Elementary School are receiving a daily average of:
- 30 more minutes in reading
- 15 more minutes in science
- 10 more minutes in enrichment
- 25 minutes of recess (previously students did not have time for recess)
Additionally, all elementary students across the District now have a full lunch and recess, giving them the time they need to reboot and return to the classroom refreshed and ready to learn. Earlier this month, CEO Brizard joined the Brunson Elementary principal and school community to cut the ribbon of their brand-new playground. The playground was built to help facilitate first-time recess for all students, which is a key component of the Full School Day.
Principals that participated in the roundtable included:
- Lee Jackson, Crown Elementary
- Femi Worrill-Spearman, Al Raby High School
- Krish Mohip, Walsh Elementary
- Michael Heidkamp, Greene Elementary
- Carol Wilson, Brunson Elementary
- Lauren Albani, Lafayette Elementary
- Gregory Mason, Murray Language Academy
- Michael Beyer, Morrill Elementary
- Marian Strok, Evergreen Middle School
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.