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We are happy to see increased graduation rates for CPS. It proves that diatribes against teachers and the labeling of our public schools as failing is not only mean-spirited but inaccurate. We only wish that CPS had applied the same approach to the scores of schools they just closed. If the mayor is suggesting that the longer day is working, then why would we close schools at the inception of this reform instead of waiting for those improvements to take hold? In addition, we fear that CPS is on the verge of announcing massive budget cuts that could undermine the progress we are making. It is imperative that the mayor and the school district demand additional revenue from TIF districts, from banks that have toxic swops with the school board, and from the state to increase its commitment to providing the schools Chicago students deserve.