Bringing you the week’s expanding learning time news:

Board OKs Plan for Extended Day at Jefferson-Houston Alexandria’s Jefferson-Houston School will begin a longer school day for students and more professional learning time for teachers in November following a 6-2 vote of approval from the School Board on Thursday night.

N.J. Senate Panel OKs Pilot Program to Create Longer School Day Under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate Education Committee, up to 25 New Jersey school districts would receive a state grant for a three-year pilot program to expand learning time and would finance the program through a corporate tax credit. Live in New Jersey? Write your state senator today urging them to support expanded learning time!

A Gold Star for the Chicago Teachers Strike In an op-ed on Monday in the Wall Street Journal, American Federation of Teachers President and Time to Succeed featured signatory Randi Weingarten, with Chicago Union President Karen Lewis, outlined the tentative agreement made in Chicago last week including the longer school day and year, the importance of wraparound services, and ensuring that teachers have the supports they need in the classroom.

Don’t Shy Away from Reforming Chicago Schools  Mayor of Chicago and Time to Succeed featured signatory Rahm Emanuel, reminded us Monday that we can’t shy away from reforming Chicago schools.

Noguera: The Origins of My Views on Education Pedro Noguera, director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and TSC signatory, joined Education Week blog, Bridging Differences this week. As an strong advocate for expanding learning time, we look forward to his contributions on Bridging Differences.

Chicago Gives Students More Time to Succeed Peter R. Orszag, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup and Time to Succeed signatory, wrote that while the gift of more time may not be immediately felt by the students, students in Chicago will be more productive workers tomorrow because of the increase of time they will spend in the classroom today.

Failing South Boston School Makes a Turnaround Up Academy, an expanded-time school located in South Boston, MA and headed by CEO and TSC signatory Scott Given , released it scores on the 2012 state tests this week and showed some great progress with proficiency rates doubling to 48 percent in Math and proficiency jumping from 32 to 54 percent in ELA.