Since Governor Chris Christie’s remarks on Tuesday in his State of the State address proposing to expand learning time in New Jersey schools, a statewide discussion has broken out. We are happy to see the enthusiasm and energy about creating more opportunities for all students. Here are some recent thoughts in favor of expanding school days and school years:

  • “You cannot just tack on an hour to the day and expect you’ll have an educational impact,” says Jennifer Davis, a TSC Signatory and co-founder and president of the National Center on Time & Learning. “What we recommend and hope schools and districts do is be thoughtful, and in the redesign of schedules ensure that every minute counts.”

While this is just one side of this debate, it is exciting to see people engaged in the conversation about expanded learning time.