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Chicago mayor announces extended days for city schools

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 16:03 PM

Not only are students and teachers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) preparing for the transition to the Common Core State Standards, but longer school days as well.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined Jean-Claude Brizard, the CPS' chief executive officer, at Disney II Magnet Elementary School to announce changes to the district's school days. Beginning in the next academic year, elementary schools will hold classes over the course of a seven-hour day, while high schools will stay in session for an additional half hour.

As a result, the city that currently has the nation's shortest school day will now be better equipped to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive throughout their academic and professional careers.

"By having the shortest school day and shortest school year of any major city, we shortchanged Chicago’s children," Emanuel said. "By adopting a longer day and a longer year, we are working to shape the future of our children for the better and give them an education that matches up with their potential."

With a longer school day will come many benefits for CPS students, including an additional 207 hours of classroom time each academic year.