In this week’s ELT Soup:

TSC Signatory and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune this week outlining necessary steps to provide a strong education for all students in the city. He explains that one of the important changes has been the Full School Day initiative where Chicago Public Schools expanded learning time for all students.

Governor Hickenlooper signed the Future School Finance Act this week, which calls for an overhaul of school financing. The bill includes a $100 million innovation fund, which prioritizes ELT. Before the reforms take place, the public must vote to fund the changes. That issue will be on the ballot this November. Read more on our blog.

Delavan-Darien School District in Wyoming is considering an ELT plan for all schools in the district that would, over the course of the 180-day school year, add up to 90 additional hours for the elementary school, 42 more hours for the middle school and 45 more hours for the high school. The school board is discussing the proposal next Tuesday, May 28th.

Edutopia highlighted Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Boston, Massachusetts in their “Schools that Work” section. Edutopia created a captivating video about how longer school days are improving academics, and supplements the video with an article from Amrita Sahni, Director of Instruction at Edwards Middle School outlining the six factors that have led to ELT implementation success at their school!