Your weekly feed of reasons why TSC signatories decided to be, well, TSC signatories! (All emphasis added.)

It is imperative that people in low income areas have the necessary intellectual nourishment; the time it takes to digest and an interactive community of learners that provide a whole day and evening time for learning. What they have now and projected increase in furlough hours will not create the citizens our democracy requires – from any economic bracket!

-Carol Burke, parent and teacher, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

I support expanding learning time to allow for a more in-depth focus on core subjects, while also allowing for creativity and collaboration.

-Kaitlyn Delaney, pre-service teacher, Students for Education Reform, Sarasota, FL

Having been a teacher and founded an afterschool program model focused simultaneously on the empowerment of girls and their reading development, I believe we must be creative about developing strategies to engage students in learning beyond the traditional school day. Not only do students need extra time for skill development, but they also need increased opportunities to make learning authentic and valuable to them as young people.

-Elizabeth Devlin, Founder and Director, PageTurners, Easton, MD