Your weekly feed of reasons why TSC signatories decided to be, well, TSC signatories! (All emphasis added.)

“I support expanded learning time because right now I only get four hours a day with my students, and it is not enough. My students mostly come from homes where they can’t get a lot of academic support (parents don’t speak English or aren’t literate in any language, and work extremely long hours to make ends meet). They need the extra time in school if they are to develop the academic skills and character they need to be successful, productive citizens. This is not to mention that we only have time for one hour of gym, art, science, and technology class each week. Give teachers more time, give students more time, give schools more time – and we’ll give you better results.”

– Anne-Marie Frassica, Teacher, Boston Public Schools

“All children need the opportunity to succeed and in many cases that means a lengthening to the school day. Too many children spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a television or a computer game after school. We as teachers have the opportunity to expose children to rich language, hands on experiments, and creative arts if we are given the time to do so.”

– Virginia Muchie, Teacher, Chicago, Illinois

“With three children, of which one has successfully made it to college, I believe an expanded day and school year will help our students further develop crucial skills that will allow them to become stronger more analytical thinkers.  Teachers will be able to do much more than “teach to the test.” And a variety of extracurricular activities can take place at the schools  so that low-income youth won’t miss out because their parents can’t afford the enrollment fee of an afterschool program.”

– Leslie Fields-Cruz, Parent, Cortland Manor, NY