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10 Hour School Day

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Last Updated: 31 October 2020

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Today, Senator Kamala Harris introduced a bill that would extend US public school days to 6 pm. Harris, along with her five Democratic co-sponsors, believe the bill would help ease the burden on parents, who struggle to find childcare between 3 pm and 6 pm. In those hours, which typically fall between the ends of school day and parents ' work hours, parents have to scramble for babysitter, for transportation to and from after-school programs, or are forced to leave work themselves. And this burden falls most heavily on women, as the Atlantic points out. So the bill, if pass, would likely benefit many parents, easing both the logistical and financial burdens of after-school care. But how about teachers, who need time in afternoons to plan and grade, and students, who are accustomed to having those hours to do extracurricularsor simply something other than sitting still and being quiet? Experts that Quartz spoke with agreed that the Harris ' plan is good in theory, but whether it would actually work depends on the specifics of rollout. The Harris ' plan wouldnt affect the number of hours individual teachers workthats strictly limited by their contracts. Indeed, bill stipulates that teachers and other school staff wont have to work extra hours unless they want to, in which case they would be compensated at the same rate as their regular day. Lots of schools already do thisit, it just hasnt been require. The way schools usually do it, it not the same adults in building all the time. Other people come in and handle extended parts of the day, says Tim Daly, co-founder of EdNavigator, nonprofit focus on balancing education and the needs of families. And students wouldnt necessarily be trapped in classrooms for that extra time. My guess is that schools wouldnt use this for instructional time, Daly say. They could decide that instructional day end at 3: 15 pm, but time until 6 pm could be devoted to non-academic endeavors, something more akin to an after-school program. Schools could also make this post-instructional time optional for families with kids who already participate in other enrichment programs. The Bill addresses the issue of after-school programming, calling for schools to leverage community resources, such as nonprofit or government programs for children or interested stakeholders in the community, to provide academic, athletic, or enrichment activities during additional school hours. So Harris' proposal wouldn't necessarily change much for students or for individual teachers. But for school districts, what this idea does amount to is a lot more money. Though the bill calls for five-year grants of up to $5 million, as well as $1. 3 billion for summer programming, That's not the same as a long-term plan to keep schools fund for those extra hours. We all know how legislative funding disappears. [If that happen,] Then those kids are left high and dry, said Maria Ferguson, executive director for the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University.

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