I haven't had time to check it out but you can find a new cover package from Catalyst about the importance of instructional time:
"Compared to national averages, the Chicago Public
Schools school year is 10 days shorter and the school day 45 minutes
shorter. Research shows low-income students stand to gain the most from
extra learning time, and district and state officials are planning bids
to win federal funds to pay for it."
It's that last part -- how to pay for it -- that's most interesting, given Chicago's current budget woes and long running reluctance to spend more on a longer day or year. How can federal funding pay for such a big and long-running budget item? I guess I'll have to read to find out. Or maybe you can tell me what they say.
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