Bringing you the week’s expanding learning time news:
Despite slim savings, more Colorado districts opt for 4-day week
Since the recession hit in 2007, 18 Colorado districts have switched to four-day school weeks — a nearly 30 percent increase. Critics of the four-day week, while acknowledging that even minimal savings can mean a lot to a district, see the practice as adding to an already troubling summer learning loss and flying in the face of trending reform efforts aimed at expanding instructional time. Jennifer Davis, co-founder and president of the National Center on Time & Learning and TSC featured signatory, weighed in by saying, “… the policy decision, at a time when we’re trying to upgrade our education system in America, is in the wrong direction.”
LIFT considers year-round school
The North Carolina legislature authorized nine schools in the Charlotte area to lengthen their school days, but did not authorize any additional funding to pay for the extra costs. Project LIFT, a philanthropic initiative composed of leaders from Charlotte’s largest community and family foundations, have pooled resources—amounting to $55 million—that they would like to use to lengthen the calendar at nine West Charlotte schools. We will keep you updated after the school board votes on the plan in December.
Most Texans say they’d back tax boost to raise teacher pay
Nearly three-quarters of state registered voters would be willing to pay more in taxes to raise teacher pay, according to a poll released Tuesday by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Texas Lyceum leadership group. Additionally, majorities said that in addition to raising teacher salaries, they’d be willing to pay more in taxes for school staff, construction of new schools, additional instruction in art and music and investment in computers and high-tech equipment.