March 2014 Archives

A new report from the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education envisions a future where high-achieving students and students in low-income schools spend more hours learning.

New research suggests that parental help with homework may be doing more academic harm than good.

The financial return on investment of learning a second language for English-speaking Americans appears to be surprisingly small, some economists say.

Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray said he wants to allocate funds in the new budget plan to help the city's lowest-performing schools extend their school day.

The Wallace Foundation is providing $5.35 million to develop and pilot after-school arts programs for urban, low-income tweens.

Public high schools in Portland are revising their schedules after the Oregon education agency ruled they are failing to meet the state's requirement for at least 130 instructional hours per course.

There's little evidence to support parents' complaints that schools are dumping an unreasonable amount of homework on students, a new report from the Brookings Institution concludes.

Generation Schools Network recently released a report showing how it adds a month to the public school year without increasing the work year for teachers.

The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would eliminate the state requirement that school districts teach for 180 days. However, it retains a mandate on the number of hours for instruction per year.

The Republican governor wants to create a competitive-grant competition for promising initiatives to extend the school day and year in New Jersey.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to double the number of middle school students in after-school programs over the next year.

In Finland, a 1st grader spends 4.5 hours a day in school, 1.5 hours of which are devoted to "unstructured outdoor play."


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