Bringing you this weeks expanding learning time news:

NJ Students Could Be Spending More Time In The Classroom

An Assembly committee on Thursday cleared legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson, Charles Mainor and Bonnie Watson Coleman that would create a pilot program to weigh the merits of extending the public school day and year in New Jersey.

The bill (A-1391) would establish a three-year pilot program that would increase the length of the school day and school year in participating public school districts to evaluate the effect on student achievement, and provide tax credits for corporate contributions to fund the program.

Iowa Considers Longer School Year for Some Students

The Iowa Department of Education will likely propose extended school time for some -but not all – school children as it puts together the 2013 education reform package.

Cleveland School Reform Bill Passes Legislature

This week, the Ohio state legislature approved a plan to support school turnaround in Cleveland which will involve expanding learning time. The plan empowers the school district leadership to expand the length of the school day and year. It empowers the union to negotiate for additional pay for that additional time. It also makes year-round schooling an option in Cleveland.

D.C. Schools Win $10 Million in ‘What’s Possible’ Grants to Experiment with Technology, Extended Day

Fifty-nine District public schools, most of them the system’s lowest performers, will use $10 million in grants to experiment with extended days, technology and other initiatives to spur academic achievement, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Thursday. TSC Signatory Kay Henderson, who has pledged to lift the test scores of the system’s 40 lowest performing schools 40 points by 2017 said: “There are so many great ideas we know can work coming out of the schools.”

It’s Time to Rethink Summer Vacation

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said it’s time to have a conversation about moving the district to a longer school day and longer school year.

Chicago Pushes Longer School Days as Key to Achievement: ‘We had to do something’

Emanuel and leaders of the Chicago Public Schools hope more time in the classroom will mean better grades and more high school graduates from the nation’s third-largest school system.

TSC Signatory and co-founder and president of the National Center on Time and Learning, Jennifer Davis commented,“More districts are now looking to break free of the standard school schedule because there are too many students who are not reaching higher academic standards.”