eltsoupjanuary2015Happy Friday! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since we posted the news recap. Here is the big news from the past two weeks.

Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of expanded learning time:

Exciting news for Boston Public Schools! Boston Mayor Walsh announced that the city and teachers union have reached an agreement to expand the school day at the city’s elementary, middle and K-8 schools beginning next year. Sixty schools will have an additional forty minutes each school day next year.

A new report by ReadyNation found that American schools waste $21 billion a year due to summer learning loss by sticking with outdated schedules. The report indicates that over time, summer learning loss accounts for as much as two-thirds of the academic achievement gap between low-income students and their wealthier classmates. The business leaders that make up ReadyNation’s membership say the preponderance of research shows that to make sure America has an educated workforce to remain competitive, policymakers need to “invest in more and better learning time for more children,” and communities must “continue to support the funding necessary to wisely ramp up these efforts over time.”

In Rochester, New York, three more schools are considering a longer school day. Having seen improvements in growth scores as well as attendance in School No. 10 and other Rochester expanded-time schools, more schools are thinking about ELT for next school year.