September 20, 2011
The Chicago Public Schools today went live with a new website designed to engage Chicagoans in the ongoing conversation around a longer school day to increase instructional time for students in the classroom. The website will serve as a resource for information on the Longer School Day Pioneer Program and allow Chicagoans to provide feedback on the longer school day as CPS moves toward district-wide implementation in the 2012/2013 school year. Chicagoans can access this site by clicking on www.cps.edu/longerday.
“We built this page as a resource for parents, teachers and all Chicagoans who want to learn more about our efforts to provide an additional 90 minutes of instruction to our kids this year through the Longer School Day Pioneer Program,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “We also intend for it to serve as a source of discussion and dialogue among Chicagoans so we can gather their input as we work with schools on structuring the longer school day city-wide next school year.”
The site includes a link to an Idea Scale page that will allow Chicagoans to submit their ideas around implementation of a longer school day. Idea Scale was used this summer by CPS to get feedback from Chicagoans about its FY 2012 budget. CEO Brizard is also inviting Chicagoans to email him at email@example.com with questions they have about the Longer School Day Pioneer Program.
The site also includes a “fact check” page to address issues surrounding the Pioneer Program and waiver process, as well as a page detailing numerous studies in support of a longer school day as a means to improve student academic performance.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.