Emanuel wants longer day for charter schools

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his offer of cash in exchange for a longer school day to the city’s 108 charter schools.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his offer of cash in exchange for a longer school day to the city’s 108 charter schools.

Emanuel announced Thursday that he’ll offer $75,000 in grant funding to schools and $800 to teachers who agree to lengthen their school day in January.

He says 32 of 42 elementary charter schools have expressed interest in applying for the grants.

He estimates the grants will cost Chicago Public Schools $5 million if all charter schools agree.

He’s persuaded 13 traditional public schools to waive their union contract and add 90 minutes to their school day this year in exchange for cash.

But a state labor board has voted to block him from negotiating with more schools.

Charter schools are privately owned, and their teachers aren’t unionized.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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