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Choosing More Time for Students: The What, Why, and How of Expanded Learning

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Center for American Progress

Author(s): Elena Rocha

Funder(s): Center for American Progress

Funder(s): Center for American Progress

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Type: Report


A crescendo of support from education researchers, analysts, reform advocates, and lawmakers about the need for additional learning time for our nation’s under-performing students may well result in the coming months in meaningful reform. In fact, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings believes that the expansion of learning time will be the next major push in school reform. The reason: our nation’s public school students need to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century but they simply cannot in public school systems that remain much the same as they were 50 years ago. The shift in educational rigor that globalization has ushered in is pushing policymakers to embrace systemic change in public education, with particular focus on closing achievement gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers.