The national attention and momentum for expanded learning time continued to build this week as the news coverage spanned coast to coast.
CBS Evening News highlighted an ELT school in Massachusetts, the Matthew J. Kuss Middle School. The piece features interviews with Fall River Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, a TSC Signatory, and Kuss teachers. In 2004, the Kuss was the first school in Massachusetts to be deemed “chronically under-performing”. In 2006, the school was one of the first ten pioneering schools to participate in Massachusetts’ statewide Expanded Learning Time Initiative, and it has emerged as a model turnaround school. You can find out more and watch the CBS story here.
The National Center on Time & Learning released a case study on Tumbleweed Elementary School in Palmdale, California, the second in a series on schools leveraging federal School Improvement Grants to spark change and innovation. The profile highlights the dramatic gains in student performance since the school expanded learning time and takes readers inside the school’s turnaround.
The editorial page in Minnesota’s Post-Bulletin made a strong case for why they support expanding learning time in Minnesota schools this week. The newspaper looked at the current planning in Rochester, NY, for expanded learning time and pushed Minnesota leaders to begin exploring expanding learning time.
Michigan State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Chair of the House Education Committee, wrote an op-ed for The Detroit News about the impact Detroit’s Education Achievement Authority has already had on the bottom five percent of lowest achieving schools. One of the reforms included in the bill is an expanded school day and/or year, and with that and other reforms in place, twenty percent of students have already shown a year’s growth in math and reading since September.
TSC National Director Blair Brown released a statement in support of Oklahoma Senate Bill 268, which passed the state Senate this week. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Gary Stanislawski, would allow schools to add five days to the school year. The legislation now moves to the House for debate.