September 14, 2011
News reports have stated that the CTU has issued a proposal for a longer school day. This is a win-win for Chicago’s students and their future. A longer school day in Chicago is no longer a question of if, but when and how. We hope the CTU will begin to work with us in a collaborative way to structure the longer day and that CTU President Karen Lewis will reconsider her decision not to serve on our Longer School Day Advisory Committee. This advisory committee was created to engage all stakeholders in building the structure for a longer day to help our children succeed by including more time for literacy, math, science and enrichment programs like art, music and P.E. It includes a diverse cross section of organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, faith leaders and other stakeholders who want to be part of the discussion in planning this historic change in our system so that our students graduate college and career ready. We hope that Ms. Lewis will participate in this committee and join us in this process to help every child in every community get the world-class education they deserve.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.