How to end the fight over learning time
| Nov 16, 2010
In his article from The Washington Post online, Jay Mathews discusses the argument between using funding for after-school programs or a longer school day. Currently, the two sides are fighting over $1.25 billion in federal funds that has previously been reserved for after-school programs. The Obama administration has said that school districts can choose whether they want to use some of that money to increase the length of school days.
Mathews says there is research that supports both sides of the argument. He concludes his piece by suggesting that both sides find a way to divide the money, and the rule would be that the money can only go to programs with skilled staff and sensible rules that have proven to be successful. Read the full article here.