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Mayoral Frontrunner Emanuel Wants Longer School Day in Chicago

By Christina A. Samuels — February 04, 2011 1 min read

After a brief bit of unpleasantness where he was knocked off the ballot and then placed back on by an appeals court, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has returned to his position atop the crowded field of Chicago mayoral candidates. A January poll shows Emanuel with a comfortable 2-1 lead over his closest opponent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

So what does Rahm think about education? According to a recent Q-and-A sponsored by several city advocacy groups, he says he wants to see a system-wide after school program, doubling the number of slots in the city’s urban teacher residency program, and a longer school day and year.

Nothing too controversial. Emanuel has also said he’s against the idea of rolling back mayoral control over the 435,00-student district, which the Chicago teachers’ union is advocating.

You can read Braun’s plans for revamping Chicago education here, along with links to education interviews with the other candidates.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.