When Rahm Emanuel became mayor of Chicago, he had one big idea to reform the schools and increase student achievement: a longer school day. His model, writes Mike Klonsky, was Houston. Rahm claimed that students in Houston got a total of three more years of instruction because of the longer school day.


But what’s this?,  asks Mike. The wealthy suburban districts outside Chicago are shortening their school day.


“The plan aims to reduce stress and let students get more sleep for the students who attend schools in six suburbs. The plan also proposes to ease up on the amount of homework.
“We’ve come to the decision that our kids are more than a standardized test score. We want them to be well rounded global citizens who can contribute in a meaningful way,” said District 214 Superintendent David Schuler. — ABC7 News”


Maybe Rahm’s model should be the suburbs, not Houston.