Better-performing schools and parents who are focused on sending their kids to college are asking new questions about longer school days, as you can see from these three stories from WBEZ and the Sun Times. These issues and constituencies come on top of the issues already raised by CTU -- what will the response be from CPS?
Brizard fields questions about paid protesters, longer school day, school closings WBEZ: During February's installment of Schools on the Line, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about the longer school day, paid protesters, and just when school might begin next fall.
Issue of social class tinges question over what to do with more class time WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools is setting guidelines for a longer high school day for the 2012-13 year. CPS maintains that the district falls behind nationally in instructional hours. And that’s coupled with underperforming schools. Meanwhile, Chicago parents, students and the teachers union are all asking tough questions about what to do with 40 more minutes of school each day.
Some CPS parents worry longer day will hurt special college prep courses Sun Times: More than 2,000 parents and supporters of Northside College Prep have signed an online petition asking that the state’s highest-scoring public high school be exempted from a longer school day this fall.