Longer school days for struggling students, or everyone

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a big fan of extending time in school, National Journal reports. He pushed for it when he headed up the Chicago Public Schools and included it as one of the pluses for states applying for waivers under No Child Left Behind. But extended schools hours can’t just be done willy nilly. As Education Sector analyst Elena Silva noted in a report last year, the best outcomes of extended learning time come from schools that increase the time that a student is “on task”—i.e., actively engaged. That requires lesson planning, up-to-date technology, and dependable funding…

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