Once the New York Legislature passes their 2013-2014 budget, upon which an agreement was reached this week, New York will become the second state in the country to have a statewide initiative to expand learning time in school. The budget is set to include a new $20 million line-item for a grant program for schools that increase learning time by 25 percent, a priority of Governor Cuomo’s.

Salem, Massachusetts Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Superintendent Stephen Russell – TSC Signatories – along with 20 other Gateway City leaders signed a letter to Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday urging the Legislature to support increased funding for expanded learning time in Massachusetts schools. Also, on Friday, The Salem News published an opinion article written by a parent with a child in the Salem Public Schools explaining why she supports expanding learning time.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial Board wrote an article urging education leaders and policy makers to learn from the data found in the Mathematica Policy Research Report on KIPP. The article highlights the lessons learned from KIPP both in St. Louis and nationally, which show that longer school days and years, using time well, and an environment focused consistently on good behavior, can close achievement gaps for students, particularly in high-poverty communities.