• NPR’s All Things Considered last Sunday highlighted the serious setbacks children face when they lack summer educational opportunities, particularly students from areas of concentrated poverty. In the segment, Jennifer Davis, President and Co-Founder of the National Center on Time & Learning and TCS signatory, spoke to the many ways schools around the country are offsetting the summer slide through ELT. Listen here.
  • Five elementary schools in Florida’s Manatee School District will have an extra hour of reading during the 2013-14 school year – an effort by the Florida Department of Education to help students bring up their reading scores and prepare for the next grade level.
  • Fall River in Massachusetts has been featured countless times in the media recently for their work on expanding school days to provide a stronger, more well-rounded education for their students. In an op-ed this week, TSC Co-Chair Chris Gabrieli calls Fall River a national model that other districts can learn from and be inspired by.
  • Last year eight schools in the D.C. public school system experimented with a longer school day. Recent test scores showed that students at seven of the schools posted gains both in reading and math with four schools showing double digit growth. This week, the Washington Post Editorial Board expressed their hope that these results will help spur the expansion of expanded learning time in more D.C. schools.
  • What will 300 extra hours mean for New York schools? For one, it means the equivalent of about 50 extra school days. The Rochester Central School District, the state’s only participating district in the Time for Innovation Matters in Education (TIME) Collaborative, answered questions on what the additional time will mean for New York students and teachers. Check it out here.
  • On Tuesday, federal health officials reported a decline in obesity rates among children from low-income families. Much work is still needed, but this opinion piece mentions how some states have mandated more school time for physical activity (among other initiatives) to combat the epidemic.
  • Matthew M. Chingos, a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, offered some advice to schools looking to lengthen the school year but struggling with how to finance it. One potential strategy he offered is increasing class sizes. What do you think? Write us below!