Community group has a rally for "better school day"
Community organizations planned to rally in support of Chicago Teachers Union's call for a "better school day" Thursday afternoon.
This week, CTU president Karen Lewis said she'd like Chicago Public Schools to pursue a school day filled with music, art and physical education rather than the longer school day pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. CTU says they don't necessarily oppose a lengthened school day, but they want teachers to be compensated for the extra time and want to make sure those extra minutes are not filled with test prep.
Jitu Brown, an education organizer with the Kenwood group, said the protest will include other community organizations, parents, clergy and CTU members.
Last week, various faith leaders on the West Side and South staged press conferences in support of a longer school day.
"When you're saying we should have a longer school day, are you saying we should have more of the same because that's left our students unprepared," Brown said. "We want to make sure that the (Chicago Public Schools) CEO institutes not just a longer school but a better school day."