This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post on June 27, 2013. Access the entire article here.
As state legislators and school boards complete their sessions and schools break for the summer, we are reminded of the tremendous momentum over this past year to expand and strengthen learning time in schools.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Unified School Board unanimously passed a resolution calling for the superintendent to plan to dramatically increase instructional time to improve student success for Los Angeles’s students. Last month, the Iowa legislature approved a bill to fund a pilot project to plan for expanded learning time in three school districts.The month before that, New York City announced that it would be trying out a significantly longer school day — two-and-a-half hours longer — in 20 city schools. The Portland, Maine school committee also issued a report calling for the exploration of expanded learning time for the 2014-2015 school year.