Two new studies are flashing warning signs about the move to extend the school day, says Jodi Grant, executive director of the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, for the Washington Post. The Department of Education has made extended learning time a centerpiece of its reform efforts. This could have been a breakthrough moment for our nation’s education system, encouraging community partnerships to expand learning in ways that help students succeed and bring new resources into our schools. As decades of research on afterschool and summer learning programs show, community partners and innovative teaching approaches can help engage and excite students in learning,...

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