Charge tuition on a sliding scale just as the free and reduced lunch program works. Nothing in our constitution guarantees a free education, and it's time parents share this responsibility instead of hitting everyone with tax increases. I don't want to deny ANYONE an education that cannot afford it, but there are MANY, MANY families who can pay something or most of lthe cost of educationg their children.
From 8-5:00, 6 days a week, we can have our school day. It's an alternating schedule; every day there is 180 minutes each for two of the main subjects daily- one at the beginning, one at the end of the day. In between, there is an hour of lunch, specials classes, enrichment, study help, etc.
I support a longer school day. School should be in session until 5pm so class times can be longer and even if school 'ends' at 3pm students would then be expected to use that extra 2 hours to do their homework. Teachers would be in their class to assist or prepare the next day's work, etc. Majority of people work 8-5 why not teachers?
I think it’s great that CPS is doing a pilot program for the Long School Day to see how schools can best use the additional time during the school day.
Consider scaling back on sports programs. Are we concerned with education or athletics? There are plenty of community programs that offer sports, recreation, and athletic programs for children and teens. How much money is spent on sports programs that can be used to enrich educational programs? Just a thought!
Instead of a longer school day, which would make after- school extra curricular activities virtually impossible, how about a longer school year? Or a combination of the two.
I really think the longer school day would really benefit the children in the Chicago Public Schools, but the approach needs to be centered and geared towards the children. I don't believe additional classes or courses need to be added to the school day, but I feel some courses should be extended to lengthen the school day to meet the new hours.
What I mean by really benefiting the children in schools is targeting areas that we know need to be targeted. Reading, Writing, Math and Science are those critical areas, specifically targeting Reading (comprehension/critical thinking) and Writing.
Charge every parent $5-$10 month for school. Every property owner is charged regardless of having a child or not.
CPS could charge a fee to view CPS Board Meeting from Home and also charge a fee for listiening to the audio live by call thru your home telephone. The fee could be automatically charged to your phone bill.
I agree that CPS schools should have a longer day - anywhere from 75 to 90 minutes more makes sense and keeps us in line with most suburban public schools. I also think school should start one week earlier. Most summer camps and programs end three weeks before CPS schools start. I do not think school should end any later than it currently does. As it is, with it ending in the middle of June, most camp programs and summer jobs start the first day of the next week. If CPS goes longer, kids that want to compete with suburban kids for summer jobs or want to attend summer camps that are not strictly for Chicago students will be out of luck. That makes no sense. CPS could also have less days off during the year. Look at November and February, teacher institute days, etc.
I understand your desire to lengthen the school day by 90 minutes to improve student education. If this is truly the case, why do you want to use 45 minutes of that time for recess?
A longer school day is clearly better for students. Teachers and CPS need to work together to make this happen (whether teachers get pay increases or not). And, parents should be wholeheartedly advocating for their children's education.