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

In Wheaton, IL teachers approved the contract to expand Glen Ellyn School District’s school days by half an hour next year.

Malden’s [Massachusetts] school dropout rate has dropped and the city’s graduation rates have gone up by 2 percent to 80.9 percent. Superintendent of Schools David DeRuosi, Jr. recognizes that the expanded learning time has been a major part in improving student achievement.

It was announced that one of the first 20 schools who will expand their school day by 40 minutes next year is Boston’s Washington Irving Middle School. Irving Principal Arthur Unobskey likes the ELT program saying, “[The program] offers kids enrichment and allows them to dive into a passion more deeply.”