In this week’s ELT Soup:

  • The Colorado state legislature passed the Future School Finance Act last week, which calls for an overhaul of school financing. Governor Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill later this month; the bill will then be voted on by the public this fall. The bill includes a $100 million innovation fund which prioritizes ELT.
  • In Portland, Oregon, a parents’ coalition is working to restore the instructional hours for high school students. Read more on our blog here.
  • New York has three districts that have made moves to expand learning time. In Rochester City School District, ten schools are expected to implement ELT this upcoming fall. In New York City, the Department of Education will be extending the Middle School Quality Initiative to expand the school day for 20 schools in collaboration with TASC and Harvard University’s EdLabs. Syracuse City School District has also been approved as an Innovation Zone, providing schools with more flexibility around the school calendar.
  • Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) wrote an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle that outlines what is necessary for Texas schools to succeed and includes expanding learning time.