Mayor Emanuel cuts back longer school day proposal - FOX 32 News Chicago

Mayor Emanuel cuts back longer school day proposal

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he is scaling down a proposal to extend the day for elementary school students.

Emanuel originally proposed a 7 1/2-hour school stay, beginning in the fall. On Tuesday, he said he now favors a 7-hour day.

Despite the change, the school day for most elementary school students will still be longer than the current 5-hour, 45-minute day.

Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard said Emanuel decided to adjust his proposal after discussions with parents, some of whom had been critical of the original plan. The parents contend the 7 1/2-hour day would interfere with after-school activities.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said instead of a longer day, the mayor should push for smaller class sizes and for art and foreign language for all students.

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