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Longer School Days for Some CPS Students

15 schools will extend day by 90 minutes



    Ron Huberman On Longer School Days

    Extended school days for some CPS students. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010)

    Students at 15 Chicago Public Schools could be staying put in class a little longer this school year.

    Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday morning unveiled his new "Additional Learning Opportunities" pilot program to change up what is now one of the shortest school-days in the country, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The plan would add an hour-and-a-half to the day, and would be used to teach more math and reading classes. Students would also be treated to a short break for a snack and recess.

    One controversial aspect of the extended learning is the plan to use more online courses and non-teachers. 

    The Chicago Teachers Union says it's a move to undermine their contract with the district.

    The program is expected to cost more than $10 million and will mostly be paid with federal stimulus money. If the program is successful, it could be expanded to all CPS schools.