Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to charter schools to push his new offer: establish a longer school day and get cash in return.
Emanuel visited one of the city’s 108 charter schools in Washington Park Thursday.
He's offering $75,000 in grant funding to schools and another $800 dollars to teachers who agree to lengthen their school day in January.
After July 1 of next year, Emanuel will have the power to mandate a 90 minute longer school day for all Chicago schools, but it's expected he'll still get a fight.
"We've been cheating our children out of their future year in and year out, and that’s coming to an end in the City of Chicago. And next year we're going to have a new beginning on that," Emanuel said.
Emanuel said 32 of the city's 42 elementary school charters have expressed interest in applying for the grants.