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Dallas Graduation Rates Raise Eyebrows

The internal audit unit of the Dallas Independent School District has expanded the scope of an investigation into the district's rapid increase in graduation rates amid charges that the district violated state law by giving diplomas to students who were chronically absent.


New Law Encourages Year-Round Expanded Learning in California

California's governor approve new standards for expanded learning programs and reprioritizes funding to provide incentives for before and after school programs to go year round.


Elementary Schools Use Extra Learning Time for STEM Education

With the Next Generation Science Standards being put into place, the Noyce Foundation and National Center on Time and Learning award grants to five expanded learning and expeditionary learning schools to enhance STEM education through partnerships with museums and local science organizations.


Americans Lukewarm on Longer School Day, Poll Finds

Americans and public school parents would rather shorten summer vacation and have longer breaks throughout the school year than increase the number of days students attend school or the length of the school day, the poll finds.


Extended Learning Time Highlighted in Draft Changes to SIG Program

Extended learning time is given a stronger focus in the new School Improvement Grant draft regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Education.


Vote on Charging Students for Summer School Delayed by R.I. State Board

Rhode Island's Council on Elementary and Secondary Education has postponed a decision on whether school districts can charge for summer school.


Connecticut School Gets Attendance Bump From Longer Days

Attendance and test scores increase at a Connecticut elementary school now in its third year of an extended school day.


Quebec Elementary School Just Says 'Non' to Homework

An elementary school in Quebec joins the movement toward eliminating or reducing the amount of homework teachers are allowed to assign to students.


Free, Full-Day Kindergarten Begins for Minnesota Children

Minnesota offers free, full-day kindergarten for the first time to help close the opportunity gap.


New York Takes First Step Toward Universal Pre-K

A massive universal, full-day prekindergarten program begins in New York state with the first of five annual grants of $340 million.


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