Norfolk, VA: Longer School Days Could Produce Academic Progress A quarter of South Hampton Roads schools failed to reach reading, math and graduation targets last year, and local leaders, including Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Samuel King, are looking into how expanding learning time could help its students. State Senator Kenneth Alexander (D-5th District) calls funding for an extended school day a “no brainer”.

The Education Trust Announces 2012 Dispelling the Myth Award Winners Edward W. Brooke Charter School–Roslindale Campus in Boston, MA, was one of three recipients of Education Trust’s 2012 “Dispelling the Myth” Award. The award recognizes schools that successfully serve large populations of low-income students and students of color. Each award recipient has made big gains in student learning and now far exceeds averages in its respective state. With a longer school day and year, Edward Brooke Charter offers continued proof that low-income children can achieve at very high levels when the schools they attend really focuses on the achievement of every child.

Cleveland: Voters Pass 15-Mill Schools Levy  Cleveland voters spoke clearly on Tuesday night by passing a levy to fund the city’s schools. Without the passage, more than 500 teachers would have been laid off and programs cut. Now the district plans to add an hour back to the school day and possibly extend the school year.

Prop 30 Tax Hikes Pass in California The $6 billion-a-year package of tax increases backed by Gov. Jerry Brown passed in California on Tuesday. Proposition 30 will raise the sales tax by a quarter of a cent for the next four years, and increase taxes on those making more than $250,000 for the next seven years. Had this intiative been rejected, California schools risked shortening their already short school year by 15 days.