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March 22, 2017

Expert Urges Caution Before School Districts Implement Four-Day Weeks

The founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothell says four-day school weeks may be harming students, particularly those from low-income families.

March 13, 2017

Proposed School Schedule Change in Colorado District Draws Opposition

The proposal on the table in the Cherry Creek school district would have elementary school students start class earlier while high school students would begin later, setting up a conflict that dogs many such proposals around the country.

March 09, 2017

Are Four-Day School Weeks the Way of the Future?

As more school districts consider going to a four-day week, we talk to a superintendent who's been working under that schedule for the last seven years about the pros and cons.

March 03, 2017

New Research Brief Supports Recess for All Elementary School Students

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz evaluated the Playworks recess model and called on states and districts around the country to implement some of the program's policies.

November 04, 2016

Should School Schedules Shift to 9-to-5?

A new study by the Center for American Progress finds that typical school schedules place hardships on working parents by averaging 29 days off a year excluding summer recess.

September 26, 2016

National Nonprofit Wants to Teach All Elementary Students to Play

The national nonprofit Playworks recently announced a major expansion that would bring the organization's program, with its emphasis the importance of recess and playground lessons in cooperation and teamwork, to more elementary schools around the country.

September 13, 2016

A Texas School District Plans to Mandate Daily Recess for Elementary Students

An administrator with the Austin Independent School District said providing 30 minutes of daily recess is a part of educating the whole child.

September 02, 2016

Md. Governor's Post-Labor Day School Start Mandate Sends Districts Scrambling

Starting in the 2017-18 school year, Maryland schools won't be allowed to open before Labor Day and must close no later than June 15.

August 17, 2016

Why Don't More School Libraries Help Students Through Extended Hours?

Keeping school libraries open after the final bell would help students who lack Internet access, but a leading expert says there are several barriers that prevent schools from offering this service.

July 08, 2016

New Rhode Island Law Mandates Daily School Recess, Calls It a Student's Right

The law passed after parent groups lobbied for it and will require schools to provide 20 consecutive minutes of recess daily for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

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