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I agree with many posts that extending the school day and the number of minutes is not necessarily the answer.  The reality is that improving the QUALITY of the school day should be at the ... Posted on: Friday, November 04, 2011

I am new here as I have been off email for quite a while so if I am redundant, or step on toes previously discussed, I apologize. First of all I want to say that I agree with much of what ... Posted on: Friday, November 04, 2011

The global age has ushered in a period of potential democracy, but we are still seeing the same, top-driven decision making processes. In the case of schools, those making the decisions have ... Posted on: Tuesday, November 01, 2011

A longer school day is a much needed in Chicago.  As a special education teacher I find it difficult to accomplish the goals I set every day to meet the needs of my students.  When a longer ... Posted on: Sunday, October 30, 2011

Currently, the school district is so focused on "data" in the form of test scores and numbers, it is destroying our ability to create a consistent and high level of instruction.  ... Posted on: Saturday, October 29, 2011

I agree that the students need more time in school.  I would like to see a day that goes from 8:30-3:30 and includes a 45 minute lunch in the middle of the day as well as one 20 min. break and ... Posted on: Saturday, October 29, 2011

What problems are we addressing by extending the school day? Failure rates? Low attendance? Gangs? We can certainly extended the school day, reduce class size, keep art and music... many of the ... Posted on: Friday, October 28, 2011

I believe the question may not be framed correctly; at least not from the perspective I have gained from teaching over the last seven years at HIgh Schools such as Fenger, Orr and Bowen. I have ... Posted on: Friday, October 28, 2011

I believe that the extra time should be spent effectively, and not just tacked onto the regular school day for the sake of having more time.  Along with more rigorous instruction in the ... Posted on: Friday, October 28, 2011

 In early grades, learning basic skills (i.e. letter names, number order, etc.)  is a pefunctory, necessry task.  Software producers have become excellent at creating interesting, fun ... Posted on: Friday, October 28, 2011
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