On Tuesday, two more Chicago schools approved a longer school day for this year.
By a narrow margin of 51 percent, teachers at Nash Elementary School, 4837 W. Erie St., voted in favor of a longer school day Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, teachers at Disney II Magnet Elementary School, 3815 N. Kedvale Ave., approved a waiver allowing for the additional instruction time by a vote of 20:4.
Both schools will start the new schedule Sept. 26, which means they stand to gain $150,000 in discretionary funds. Teachers at the schools will receive $1,250 bonuses.
Teachers at Disney II, which opened in 2008, already work an extra hour at the end of the day for four days a week. The change will mean an extra 45 minutes of instruction time on Mondays through Thursdays and an additional 90 minutes on Fridays.
In a press release from Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and CPS Board President David Vitale said they were happy the teachers “put our children first” with the vote.
“We’re gratified that the teachers at Disney II Elementary put our children first and voted to lengthen the school day. We commend Principal Bogdana Chkoumbova for her leadership and vision for making Disney II a world class school.
“The support of Disney II proves once again that that strong leadership and great teachers can overcome any obstacle. Our children continue to lag behind their peers across the nation, despite the hard work of teachers. Teachers at Disney II not only sent a message, they took a meaningful, practical step to boost their students’ academic success in the classroom. We hope that more parents, teachers and principals will continue to have meaningful discussions and hold meaningful votes about longer school days.”