Each month, TSC will send a round-up of the ELT news from the past month. We will highlight states, districts, schools, and communities where expanded learning time is in the news as well as TSC Signatories who are voicing their support for more and better learning time. Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date.
To Increase Learning Time, Some Schools Add Days to Academic Year
New York Times national education reporter Motoko Rich highlights the momentum building across the country for expanding learning time with a visit to Balsz School District #31 in Phoenix, Arizona, led by Superintendent and TSC Signatory Jeff Smith.
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.
N.J. Senate Panel OKs Pilot Program to Create Longer School Day
Under a bill approved September 24th 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!
Texas Senators Examine Longer School Day, Year
Top education leaders in the Texas Senate are examining ways to expand school days and school years to improve classroom learning. Members of the Education Committee heard invited testimony from a school administrator at Houston Independent School District, led by Superintendent and TSC Signatory Terry Grier.
Failing South Boston School Makes a Turnaround
UP Academy, an expanded-time school located in South Boston, MA was featured in the Boston Globe after its 2012 state tests showed some remarkable progress. UP Academy is led by CEO and TSC Signatory Scott Given and is an in-district charter school, an innovation led by Boston Superintendent and TSC Signatory Carol Johnson.
TSC Signatories Speaking Out
A Gold Star for the Chicago Teachers Strike
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, with Chicago Union President Karen Lewis, outlined the tentative agreement made in Chicago including the longer school day and year, the importance of wraparound services, and supports for teachers in the classroom.
Don’t Shy Away from Reforming Chicago Schools
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, reminds us that if we are sincere about our desire to provide every student in every community with a world-class education, we cannot shy away from the reform students both need and deserve, such as expanding learning time.
Noguera: The Origins of My Views on Education
Pedro Noguera, director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, joined Education Week blog, Bridging Differences last week. In his initial post, Dr. Noguera outlines why he believes expanding learning time is an important strategy to ensure that all students receive a well-rounded education.
Chicago Gives Students More Time to Succeed
Peter R. Orszag, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup, 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.
My View: Longer School Days Can Work
On CNN’s School of Thought blog, Co-founder and CEO of Citizen Schools, Eric Schwarz, writes that Citizen Schools is one of many community organizations working on inventive approaches to expanding learning time.