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April 24, 2017

New Study Casts Doubt on Savings From Four-Day Weeks

An analysis of 16 Oklahoma school districts that started four-day weeks during the 2011-2012 school year found that nine of them spent more money on average following the change.

April 10, 2017

Researcher Calls for Government Mandates on School Start Times

A California state senator has proposed a bill to mandate that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., and a top researcher says similar legislation would be a good idea throughout the country.

March 30, 2017

CDC, SHAPE America Provide Schools Strategies for Successful Recess

The CDC and SHAPE America have produced 19 evidence-based strategies to help schools develop a recess plan that would meet the recommended 20 minutes of daily recess for students.

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.

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