CPS Students Get Free CTA Rides to School

Move meant to encourage students to attend first day of classes

By Al Romero
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:45 AM CDT
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Emanuel Continues Push for Longer CPS Day

While meeting with his Mayoral Youth Advisory Council, made up of 16- to 23-year-old youths from communities across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quickly directed the conversation toward longer school days.

Emanuel Continues Push for Longer CPS Day

While meeting with his Mayoral Youth Advisory Council, made up of 16- to 23-year-old youths from communities across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quickly directed the conversation toward longer school days.
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The Chicago Transit Authority is offering free rides Tuesday to Chicago Public Schools students and their parents who take them to and from the first day of school.

Students and parents who want to take advantage of the free rides have until 8 p.m., when reduced fares for students typically end on a school night.

The free rides were meant to help get more children to their first day of classes.

"Everyone should be a partner in the effort to get our kids in the classroom on the first day of school," said schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. "Instruction begins on day one and providing students with a free ride can help a child come to school ready to learn."

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