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Parents air concerns on longer school day

Parents in meetings on the West and North Sides this week discussing the proposal for an extended school day expressed a range of concerns far beyond the “for-or-against” terms in which the issue has been framed by Mayor Emanuel and the media.

Both groups released surveys – one large, one small, neither scientific but both gauging the views of parents who are particularly active in their children’s schools.   How the longer day will be implemented and how it will be funded are major concerns.

But how long it should be is also an open question for parents.  The Raise Your Hand Coalition surveyed 1200 parents in 230 schools and found broad support for a longer school day – but little support for making it as long as Emanuel has proposed.

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Art in Ravenswood, Little Village

Two neighborhoods highlight their art communities this weekend.

The Little Village Arts Festival starts Friday (opening night event at Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Cristiana, 5 to 0 p.m.) with exhibits by over 70 artists in neighborhood galleries, performances, and family activities Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m., sponsored by the Little Village arts coalition-cum-gallery space Villarte.

And the Ravenswood Art Walk showcases 150 local artists in 60 studios and galleries and features The Blago Project in the old office of the Friends of Rod Blagojevich, 4147 N. Ravenswood, featured in federal wiretaps.  Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; pick up a map at the Ravenswood Center, 4256 N. Ravenswood.  Opening reception Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Ravenswood Billiard Factory, 4043 N. Ravenswood ($35 admission).

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