Longer School Days for Some CPS Students

15 schools will extend day by 90 minutes

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.

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