Longer School Day in Chicago Wins

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was all smiles on Friday as she described how she reached out to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a big meeting.

"I texted him," she said.

Eight hours of negotiations later, bingo! A deal to halt the legal battle between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools over adding 90 minutes of classroom time at 13 elementary schools.

We give enormous credit to Lewis and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard for ending this ugly battle. And nice assist, Mayor.

The bottom line here is that hundreds of kids at those 13 Chicago elementary schools will gain the benefits of the longer day. The teachers and those schools will keep their bonuses. Dozens of charter schools can still take advantage of a CPS offer to expand their class time.

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