School Board: Add 36 Minutes To High School Day, Cut Homeroom

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago School Board is advising that school should be in session for 36 more minutes for high school students when the longer school day takes effect systemwide.

The board recommended in new guidelines Thursday that the high school day should be extended by next fall.

The board also suggests gaining an additional 10 minutes of instructional time, for a total of 46 additional minutes, by eliminating homeroom periods and allowing students a four-minute entry period at the beginning of each day, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The Chicago Teachers Union told the newspaper it was not notified of the new guidelines until hearing about them in the news. The union says the guidelines will certainly be a point of contention in upcoming contract negotiations.

Currently, the school day is longer at 13 elementary schools. They were given financial incentives, including a teacher raise, in exchange for extending the day.

Specifically, each school was promised an extra $150,000 in funding from the Chicago Public Schools. Teachers at the schools are receiving $1,250 bonuses and the 2 percent raises.

The union had sought an injunction to block the longer day from taking effect this year. Teachers Union president Karen Lewis argued that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard violated the union’s contract by allowing some schools to break ranks with the union and extend the day on their own.

But the union abandoned its push for a court injunction, after the city agreed not to lengthen the day at any additional schools this year.
But the CPS system plans to lengthen the day for all schools for the 2012-2013 school year.

  • tom sharp

    Being familiar with the high school day, I can tell you that the “No HomeRoom” rule will best serve those who wish to inflate their attendance figures for the state. Taxpayers beware!

  • Chivi

    Are you kidding!! You are dishing out all that money for 36 more minutes? I would put anonymous spies in the classroom. You would not believe how much time SOME teachers waste in teaching and how much time they actually teach. I know it is impossible to put cameras in all the classrooms but if you could have a trustworthy person in the class (student) to evaluate the class would be very beneficial. Teachers should not worry if they have nothing to worry about. My relative is a CPS teacher. I would never ever let her teach my children. I pay taxes and have sent my children to a private school. This is the trust I have in the CPS.

  • Wolf

    What a totally dysfunctional and bloated operation the School Systems are in this country wherever one looks its massively bloated public sector operations costing 50% more than necessary and delivering under performance at an ever increasing rate…it is clear that this educational system is operationally and functionally bankrupt but then what do you expect from a 17th Century System in the 21st Century…

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