Why some Chicago kindergarteners only attend half-day of school

June 20, 2011

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Some Chicago kindergarteners may only be in school for half a school day.

Updated at: 1:01 pm on 6/20/2011

Members of the Chicago Board of Education are considering a longer school day for the 2011-2012 school year. That would be a big move, especially for schools without full-day kindergarten programs. Other big cities like Los Angeles and New York City offer full-day kindergarten to all students, but Chicago kindergarteners spend varying amounts of time in the classroom. The majority of schools offer full-day kindergarten but others follow half-day programs.

Catalyst Chicago’s Rebecca Harris examines the discrepancy and the effects in the latest edition of the magazine Catalyst In Depth.