The drumbeat for expanding learning time in school continued to get louder last week as a report released by the New NY Education Reform Commission included as one of its eight recommendations: restructuring the school day and year with academically enriched programming. We congratulate Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chairman Dick Parsons, and the members of the Commission for their thoughtful report and recommendations to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in today’s economy. Read the report here or read the national media coverage here and here.

On the 25-member commission, we are delighted to see four of TSC’s featured signatories including, Geoffrey Canada, Founder & CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone; Thomas Kane, Professor of Education & Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Commissioner John B. King, Jr.; New York State Education Department; and Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.

TSC Co-Chair and president of the Ford Foundation, Luis A. Ubiñas remarked on the report, “This is a huge step for New York and for New York school kids. This is what leadership looks like – breaking the mold and finding new ways of doing things, and when it comes to school day designed for our agrarian past it couldn’t be more welcome. We hope this bold move encourages other states to see the value of reimagining the school day and year so that children have the time they need to succeed in a new century.”

Momentum for expanded learning time continues to build in the New Year and we hope that other states consider similar recommendations. If expanding the school day or year is something that could benefit your community, tell your governor to make expanding learning time a priority for your state!