10/28/2011 02:02 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2011

Charters Line Up For Extended School Day Cash

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that most charter schools eligible for the financial incentives to lengthen the day by 90 minutes have quickly signaled that they are ready to jump on board. But the location of his announcement--a school with a longer school day and a poor academic track record--shows the complications of the issue."I am proud that charter schools have stepped up," the mayor said, making the announcement in the auditorium at Chicago International Charter School-Washington Park. Of the 41 charter elementary schools that can apply, 32 are planning to, he said. The schools will get the same amount that regular public schools have been offered: $800 for each teacher and $75,000 for each school that starts in January.

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