Plan to extend school days in Chicago is revised

04/11/2012 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has revised a plan to extend the school day for elementary students to seven-and-a-half hours, instead recommending a seven-hour day -- still more than an hour longer than the current school day. Critics, including many parents, have said the days are too long and have questioned how the plan will be funded. Emanuel said Tuesday that time was not the goal. "Time is merely an opportunity and then how do you use it. I would hope now that we'd stop debating about the time and start having a real discussion," he said.

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