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By a narrow margin of 51 percent, teachers at Nash voted in favor of a longer school day Sept. 13.
Students at Nash will start the new schedule Sept. 26, which means the school stands to gain $150,000 in discretionary funds. Teachers will receive $1,250 bonuses, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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A reader sent the following letter in support of longer school days:
The debate about longer school days already had me sick to my stomach. Rather than focusing on what’s best for our children, we’re talking about salaries, benefits and hours for adults. Now I am hearing West Side students who make it to college struggle once they get there. That’s even more reason why we need to lengthen the CPS school day and school year immediately.
Nearly half of CPS students will not graduate high school, never mind attend college. There are almost 300 failing schools in the city where students score well below average on state exams in reading, math and science year after year. Yet many West Side students are released early in the afternoon, even before 2pm, and spend the rest of the day on the streets. Increasing instructional time will keep our children safe and focused on academics.
If our children are going to have a chance to succeed in college, we need to prepare them better in elementary and high school. One way to make sure they’re better prepared is keeping them in the classroom longer every day and every year.
– Kevin A. Gage Sr.