Rahm Emanuel Pledges That Chicago's School Days Will Get Longer
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Emanuel said he feels so strongly about longer school days that he would like the new legislation to be passed for this coming school year. Currently, a typical school day for CPS lasts from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. "Every year for the last nine years, pay has been increased by 4 percent. Instructional time: zero. Those are facts. Which is why we have the shortest school day and shortest school year of any major city," said Emanuel to the Sun-Times.
Liz Brown, the spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union, doesn't agree with Emanuel's figures. The union issued a fact-sheet that noted how the school day was extended 15 minutes after contract talks in 2004. It also mentioned that the 4 percent pay raises are from seven years ago, not nine. While the state House of Representatives prepares to vote on the legislation—which the State senate passed 59-0 this week—Emanuel said via the Chicago Tribune that there needs to be more discussion about how much teachers will get paid and what new things children will learn.