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A Majority Disagree over Rahm’s Methods Marie Janzen

Whether you agree or disagree with Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to lengthen the school day, most people disagree with his methods of getting it enacted.

“I agree with longer school days for certain ages who need may need more discipline or guidance, but I don’t think conventional teaching is what’s needed. I don’t agree with how he’s handling the situation. He wants school reform, but he’s not interested in addressing the schools as a whole,” said Marco Briceno, a 25 year old warehouse worker from Wheeling, IL.
Emanuel has been going school by school offering teachers a 2% pay increase for a 90-minute longer school day, along with an extra bonus in exchange for bypassing union contracts.

“Ok, I don’t agree with his methods at all. Unions are there for a reason. Why do we need to lengthen school days anyways? I went to school from 8am-2pm back in the day and I turned out fine,” said Chris Sommers, a 31 year old police officer from Rogers Park. School reform is a campaign promise that Rahm Emanuel is planning to keep, but the way he’s doing it is not the most favored. “Well it is true that Chicago has had the shortest school day of any major city. Maybe the extra time could possibly give teachers enough time to take a more hands on learning approach to keep kids interested and motivated. Rahm should be trying to sell the proposal instead of bribing teachers, I bet it would be more widely accepted then,” said Tony Reyes, a 19 year old sophomore majoring in accounting. Thirteen schools have agreed to lengthen their school days and some people could care less about Rahm’s methods and more about teachers, students, and parents. “Teachers being happy should be the biggest issue. I’m more for teachers than someone forcing something on them. Rahm’s methods are unconventional, but if the people directly being

impacted by the change are happy, what are we to say?” said Mary Simon, an 18 year old freshman, who’s undecided. The controversial proposal has been mainly between the Chicago Teacher’s Union and Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Public Schools, but some people are thinking more about the people rather than the politics of the matter. “As long as parents and teachers are in agreement and utilize that time in the right way, I don’t really care about how Rahm Emanuel is doing things. If it’s more efficient and parents and teachers are happy then that’s all that matters to me,” said Deanna Adams, a 45 year old instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College originally from Texas.
Although a majority of people disagree with his methods, there are aspects to his offer that are appealing to some.

“I think 2% is not much and longer school days aren’t healthy for younger kids. Bonuses are good, but this general idea is bad to me. It’s good he’s offering more money, but in the end it doesn’t have the biggest impact for teachers,” said Amalia Daniels, a 39 year old mental health counselor from Rogers Park.