Longer School Days and Years Catching On in Public K-12

The number of public schools adding time to the school day or year has doubled in the past two years, according to a new study, and, for the first time, traditional schools that have lengthened the day or year outnumber charter schools.

Bipartisan Proposal Seeks to Save Federal After-School Program

In an effort to save the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, which funds after-school programs, a group of U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Federal After-School Program Not Restored in Bipartisan ESEA Bill

After-school advocates are not surprised that the bipartisan agreement on reauthorizing ESEA eliminates the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, but say they anticipate amendments to restore it.

New York State Legislature Boosts After-School Funding

New York State legislators increased funding for the state's after-school program despite Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to reduce its budget.

Seeking the Right Balance of Quality and Quantity in Expanded Learning Time

Getting the most out of longer school days and years means getting the best quality instruction, according to a new report from the National Center on Time and Learning.

Low-Performing Wash. School Jumps to Top 50 Percent With Longer Days, Year

A Washington State elementary school that made dramatic learning gains and credited its success in part to a federal school improvement grant that enabled it to expand the school day and year is trying to keep the momentum going now that the money has run out.

Federal After-School Fund Is Not Effective, Argues Researcher

The federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program should be eliminated, says a Brookings Institution researcher, because the after-school programs it funds have not succeeded at improving academic outcomes for low-income students.

After-School Nonprofits at Risk From Poor Money-Management Skills, Study Finds

Nonprofits organizations providing after-school programs risk having to shut down because they lack basic financial management skills.

Parents Want Good Eating and Exercise in After-School Programs, Says Survey

Parents overwhelmingly report that their children's after-school programs provide healthy snacks and opportunities for physical activity, but results of a survey also find a lot of variability in quantity and quality of health and wellness after school.

Survey: Students in Calif. Career Pathway Programs on Track for Higher Grad Rates

A high school career pathway program called Linked Learning shows promise for boosting grades and reducing dropout rates but needs more work to improve standardized test scores and teacher training.

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