Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news:
Building off of the success of expanding learning time in 100 Florida schools last year, Gov. Rick Scott will now expand 300 of the state’s lowest performing public elementary schools with an additional hour each day to combat low FCAT scores. Last year 73 of the 100 ELT schools had increased reading scores and 70 schools moved off of list of the state’s lowest performing 100 schools altogether. “Done right, the benefits of this program are extensive, and in some cases, dramatic,” Republican state Sen. David Simmons said.
The Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School has been approved to expand the school day to 195 days in 2014-2015. Tolga Hayali, superintendent of the school’s Syracuse and Utica academies has a goal to expand the school year even further. “Our vision is year-round, but our budget now only allows for an additional 15 days,” he said. “Hopefully this will have a great impact on our students.”
Say Yes to Education has partnered with multiple stakeholders to guarantee summer school for all elementary school students in Buffalo. This year, half-day programs running for four weeks will be offered at 26 school sites for all elementary school students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades.