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

Fresno Unified (CA) Superintendent Michael Hanson is proposing to expand the school day by 30 minutes at up to 20 schools next year with another 20 schools joining them the following school year. The superintendent said his goal is to give students, particularly elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods, more time to learn. His proposal is under discussion with key community leaders including the teachers’ union.

Longer school days have been a hot topic in this year’s Boston’s mayoral campaign. A local television station takes a look at the success of one way to expand learning time – school partnerships with Citizen Schools.

Lamont Sadler, a first-year student in college, penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News about his experiences in middle and high school. Lamont attended charter middle and high schools in New York both run by Uncommon Schools that used expanded time as a foundation of their school model.