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Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news:

A new report from Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education offers a vision for Massachusetts education in the next 20 years, with recommendations for future funding of ELT. Read about expanded learning time on pg. 90, with a highlighted case study of Orchard Gardens School.

In his annual “State of the District” address this month, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced his proposal to fund a longer school day in the 40 lowest-performing schools.  He has budgeted for the expanded school day from a new fund set aside for the district’s neediest students in fiscal year 2015. Read more in Education Week.

Rochester City School District (NY) Superintendent Bolgen Vargas presented a city school budget proposal which includes more pre-K and arts programs as well as expanded learning time. The superintendent’s budget proposal includes nearly $6 million for longer school days at several elementary schools, and proposed a citywide marching band and a full-time music teacher in every elementary school. Read more highlights of the superintendent’s proposed budget here.