In this week’s ELT Soup:

Two struggling elementary schools in New Bedford, Massachusetts are expanding the school day for students in a preview of changes that could appear across the district. The longer schedule lengthens the school day for students by a half hour Monday through Thursday.

Mondays in Fairfax County have long meant half days for elementary school students and their teachers. But some parents in the area are raising concerns that the short schedule on Mondays are both lost learning opportunities and problematic for working families. Fairfax County School Board is revisiting what the school week might look like, for students, parents and teachers, if they would to implement changes to that over next few years.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, an ELT supporter, spent time this week learning about summer programs offered to children in the Oakridge Neighborhood to curb summer learning loss. At the Oakridge program, day camps for student’s ages 5 to 12 focus on reading, math, science and technology, all led by certified teachers.

A new poll released Monday by the American Federation of Teachers found that most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy. Of respondents, 58 percent said they did not approve of officials lengthening the school day. This surprised Senior Researcher at the National Center on Time & Learning because their own survey conducted earlier this year, found the public overwhelmingly supportive of a longer day and year. A full 75 percent of all respondents—and 80 percent of parents with children in public schools thought more time in school would better prepare students for their future.