Chicago Public School System is planning an unfunded 7.5 hour school day and a long school year for all CPS students beginning August 2012-13.
As Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis said, "A 7.5 hour school day is a working man's day." Children need to be children.
We believe students thrive with a 6.5 hour instructional day, and after school programs help parents who need childcare. We do not support a mandatory 7.5 hour day of instruction; it's the longest in the U.S. by far! The average school day in Illinois is 6.5 hours.
It is important to note that CPS has said it will provide no new funding for any new programming.
As Diane Ravitch, Professor of Education at New York University, said, "All of this is nuts. There is no evidence that longer school days produce better education, unless children are engaged in wonderful after school activities that give them a chance to sing, dance, inquire, play, and just be children."
Across the city, parents are coming together to voice their opinion against the longer day.
We are very concerned that our children will spend the extra 105 minutes sitting at computers, drilling themselves in math and reading. We are worried that teachers will be laid off and replaced with classroom monitors, who will supervise the children at these computers. Class sizes will skyrocket.
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