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December 10, 2015

ESSA Maintains Funds for After-School, Summer Learning

Though cuts to after-school, summer, and extended learning time programs seemed likely at one point, the newly approved Every Student Succeeds Act actually includes a definition of expanded learning time for the first time.

December 03, 2015

Some Stats on Extended-Learning Time From the GAO

Schools with the longest hours tend to be charters and to serve a larger percentage of low-income, black, and Hispanic students than schools overall, according to a new report from the U. S. Government Accountability Office.

September 23, 2014

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.

May 12, 2014

New York City Teachers' Contract Embeds Professional Development in School Day

The new agreement between the city and its largest teachers union sets aside 150 minutes a week for professional development and communicating with parents.

March 12, 2014

Wisconsin Senate OKs Bill Allowing Shorter School Year

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.

March 07, 2014

Gov. Christie Pitches $5 Million Fund to Pilot Longer School Day and Year

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

February 19, 2014

Michigan Measure Seeks to Encourage Year-Round Schedule for Schools

A Michigan bill would encourage schools to move toward year-long schedules to reduce summer learning loss.

February 07, 2014

Utah Bill Would Give Teachers More Time for Professional Development

A piece of Utah legislation would allow districts to use up to eight class days for professional development.

January 24, 2014

Georgia Governor Hopes Budget Plan Will Help Restore Lost School Days

In his State of the State, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he hopes to help districts restore the school days they cut during economic crisis as a way to save money.

January 15, 2014

Gov. Christie Proposes Longer School Day and Year for New Jersey

During his State of the State address, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed increasing the school day and school year for the state's students as a way to improve learning outcomes.

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