A recap of the week’s expanding learning time news:

ELT goes international! The Basic Education Department in Johannesburg, South Africa announced schools will lengthen the day by an hour to accommodate the teaching of a second language. There’s a pilot program kicking off this year, with implementation taking place in 2015.

As some parents in Boston Public Schools worry about the implications of ELT on family time, Co-Chair Chris Gabrieli tells the Boston Globe that to work best, extra expanded learning time must be universal. Enrichment classes are not simply tacked onto the end of the day but instead integrated into a redesigned school day for the benefit of all students.

In a letter to the editor this week from Gloucester Daily Times, Lisa Fornero, a teacher and parent in a nearby Massachusetts community, found that student learning time will be shortchanged in the upcoming 2013-14 school year. Her mathematical digging reminded us of a video we put together; watch it here.