Whether it’s a school board considering changing the school schedule or school districts that have already announced expanded schedules starting in the 2013-14 school year, May proved chalk full of new cities joining (or considering joining) the expanded learning time movement. Check out the city and state hyperlinks below to learn more about what district and school leaders are considering.
- Orange County, California: Negotiations between Capistrano Unified School District officials and teachers began this month, and Superintendent Joseph Farley said both sides have a shared goal of reducing class sizes and lengthening the school year.
- Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland School Board unanimously agreed to what city and union officials are hailing as a groundbreaking teacher contract for Ohio. The school day will be expanded by 40 minutes next school year, and teachers will be compensated for working the new schedule.
- Manassas, Virginia: Thanks to adjustments in the Manassas City Public Schools division calendar, Manassas will expand the school day for their elementary schools by 30 minutes and will expand the middle and high school schedules as well.
- Delavan-Darien, Wisconsin: The Delavan-Darien School District Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Robert Crist’s recommendation that every student should have expanded learning time starting in the 2013-14 school year. The district’s new schedule will add 30 minutes onto the elementary school schedules with new additional time for middle and high school students as well.