While former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has thrown some veiled criticism at successor Rahm Emanuel in the past, the man who led the city for 22 years is coming down hard on the new mayor’s longer school day initiative, the Huffington Post reports.

“At first I thought [a longer school day] was [the answer], but I don’t think so,” former Mayor Daley said in an interview Monday night on ABC Chicago. “To me, to take a fourth-grader or a sixth-grader or a high school student, and say you’re going to stay more than six hours — we need quality instructions.”

Expanding time spent in the classroom has been one of Emanuel’s major initiatives since taking office nearly a year ago, along with hacking away at the city’s budget

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