“It’s difficult for Chicago teachers to impart the knowledge and skills their students require when our children spend less time in the classroom than just about anywhere else in the nation.” – Mayor Rahm Emanuel, campaign Education Address, Dec. 10, 2010
The Longer School Day Pioneer Program is built on a simple fact – Chicago Public School students spend 15% less time in the classroom than the average American public school student. We have the shortest school day of all major American urban school districts. While the ultimate goal is to have a longer day in every school in CPS, we’ve invited all schools to voluntarily participate in lengthening the school day by January of 2012.
A longer school day is a richer school day … one that provides for 90 additional minutes of instruction. That means more time for reading, math and science -- and also for enrichment programs like art, music and physical education, which are proven to boost student achievement. And it provides time for a longer lunch and a real recess.
What Chicagoans are Saying
- Latest News clips
- (Coming later) Quotes from opinion leaders, parents, principals
- Why We Need A Longer Day
- What A Longer Day Will Look Like
- Resources for Principals and Teachers
- How Waiver Votes are Conducted
- The Future of the Longer Day