Happy Friday! It may be easy to get caught up in all the excitement surrounding longer school days in Boston, I know I have, but here is more news from this week.
Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of expanded learning time:
Education Week highlighted a new report from the Center on Education Policy that looks at how schools with Federal Grants are implementing expanded learning. The study looks at 17 low-performing schools with federal SIG grants requiring them to increase learning time, and found that, while there are similarities, especially in the challenges schools face, each is uniquely tailored to meet local needs and resources. The study hopes lawmakers will consider the lessons of the case studies and provide schools local flexibility to meet the broader goals of federal education policy.
Based on the study above, a researcher in Oregon reflected on the practice of longer school days/years in Oregon, with 3 big takeaways she learned. She says, expanding learning time isn’t easy, and it isn’t a stand-alone strategy, but it is essential—especially for high-poverty, low-performing schools.
Longer school days are being discussed in Charlotte County, Florida. Out of the surrounding seven county area, Charlotte County Elementary school days are the shortest at six hours, the longest are 55 minutes longer. One parent, Brian Orme, weighs in on the discussion: “I would have no problem with my son having an extra half hour of instructional whatever, I feel like we’re behind in this county as is.”