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

TSC Signatory and expanded learning time champion Cory Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate this week by New Jersey voters. Senator-elect Booker participated in the launch call for the Time to Succeed Coalition. Hear him speak powerfully about the impact of more and better learning time here.

New York’s expanded learning time initiative is moving forward with requests for proposals due to the New York State Education Department due later this month. New York emerged as the country’s leader on ELT when their FY13-14 state budget included a $20 million competitive grant program for schools to expand learning time.

Meanwhile, Colorado is poised to give New York a run for its money if its ballot initiative – which would raise revenue to fund education and restructure school financing – passes. One provision of the law is a $100 million innovation fund (out of a $950 million overall package), which would put a priority on initiatives focused on expanded student learning. Colorado voters cast their ballots on the initiative, called Amendment 66, in November.