On Monday 100,000 students started school as Chicago Public Schools moves toward a year-round schedule for all its schools.
“Ultimately, we want all our schools to become year-round and we welcome more schools to do so,” Ron Huberman, chief executive officer for CPS, told the Defender. “We do not mandate that schools operate year round. It is voluntary and up to the principals, parents and community.”
Year-round public schools are classified as Track E schools and students who attend these schools generally have better attendance and perform better on standardize tests, Huberman added.
“We will continue to push for more Track E schools,” explained Huberman. “Track E schools offer a safer environment and reduces the amount of time teachers have to spend reviewing work with students to get them caught up after the summer break.”