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$75,000 grants mean longer days at 36 CPS charter schools

List of the 36 charter schools:

ACE Tech - (HS)

ASPIRA Early College - (HS)

ASPIRA Haugan - (ES)

ASPIRA Mirta Ramirez - (HS)


Chicago Talent Development - (HS)

CICS Bucktown - (ES)

CICS Loomis - (ES)

CICS Washington Park - (ES)

CICS West Belden - (ES)


Erie - (ES)

Legacy - (ES)

Perspectives HS of Technology - (HS)

Perspectives Joslin - (HS)

Perspectives Leadership Academy - (HS)

Perspectives Math & Science Academy - (HS)

Perspectives Middle Academy - (HS)

Prologue Early College - (HS)

Prologue Joshua Johnston - (HS)

Providence Englewood - (ES)

Shabazz DuSable - (HS)

Shabazz Elementary - (ES)

Shabazz Sizemore - (ES)

U of C Donoghue - (ES)

UNO 51st & Homan (NEW) - (ES)

UNO Casas - (ES)

UNO Fuentes - (ES)

UNO Gage Park - (ES)

UNO Marquez - (ES)

UNO Paz - (ES)

UNO St. Marks (NEW) - (ES)

UNO Tamayo - (ES)

UNO Torres - (ES)

UNO Zizumbo - (ES)

Youth Connection Charter School - (HS)

Updated: December 22, 2011 8:16AM

Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday it will give $75,000 grants to 36 charter schools so they can lengthen their school days in January and be studied before all traditional CPS schools switch to a longer day in the fall of 2012.

The announcement comes after CPS agreed Nov. 4 to stop asking schools represented by the Chicago Teachers Union to join the longer-school-day pilot program.

About 17,000 students from 21 elementary schools and 15 high schools will be affected.

Students will move to a 390-minute instructional day, which is “the national average for large school districts and does not include recess or lunch,” CPS spokesman Ana Vargas said. The current state standard is 300 instructional minutes per day, she said.

The grants will provide a total of $2.7 million to 36 of the 42 charter schools that are not currently providing 390 minutes of instruction, Vargas said.

The other six schools did not apply for the money because of concerns they could not implement the longer days by January. About 50 other charter schools were not eligible because they already offered school days closer to the national average.

In addition, each teacher at the 36 schools will be granted an $800 stipend. The total stipend amount was not available Sunday.

Thirteen traditional CPS schools already have or will go to the longer day for the 2011-2012 school year and received the same teacher stipends and grant money.

The remaining traditional CPS schools will continue to have 300 minutes of instruction until the 2012-2013 school year, when all CPS schools will be required to go to the 390-minute day.

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is not surprised by the move.

“It doesn’t affect us at all what they do at charter schools,” Lewis said. “Charters have their own way of doing things. I hope they study it well and provide us with information that would be helpful.”

Each school can spend the $75,000 as they wish. The money can go toward books, technology, curriculum or additional help, but it can’t be used to give raises to existing teachers, Vargas said.

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