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January 7, 2013

Some locals support extending school time


Sharon Spring: “What else are they going to do to teachers? Doing more with less resources, laying off teachers, trying to merge schools...I am not surprised.”

Amy Menard: “Agree 100% — these kids need to have more than 3.5 actual teaching hours per day and definitely could benefit from a longer school year.... poor teachers, boo hoo.”

Alex Berkman: “I often wonder how longer times in school will help students learn more ... Many students don’t learn now; how will longer school time help you learn more?”

Bethany Soucy: “I am about half way through reading (the commission’s report), and I think it is well thought out, with data and statistics. There are some excellent ideas, but if done, they need to be done correctly with proper funding. I personally am not a fan of extending the school day or year. Commission Member Karen Hawley Miles noted in her co-authored report for the Center for American Progress, Taking Stock of the Fiscal Costs of Expanded Learning Time, “As with simply adding more dollars to schools, adding time makes little sense unless it is part of an overall strategy for improving student performance.” In a comprehensive study done by the Center for American Progress of cities that lengthened the school day or year, the cost to implement expanded learning time varied significantly between districts because some districts established side contracts to shift teacher’s schedules, and some districts paid teachers more to teach longer.”

Amanda Trow-Racine: “Yes ... excellent idea... but you are in for a big union fight.”

Ann Jason Whalen: “If my kids were still in school, no way would I let this happen...home school for sure.”

Jim Jock: “Great idea, but schools are already broke. Where will the money to pay for it come from?”

Suzanne Andrews: “I don’t see how you can make the day any longer and accomplish anything of worth. The schools and the students that would benefit from the extra time are the ones whose students don’t attend as it is now or have family situations where school is not important because of more pressing issues at home or it’s just not important to them. State governments are laying off teachers left and right and requiring they become not only teachers but surrogate parents, police officers, social workers and bodyguards. They aren’t going to be able to find the money that is not only needed to pay for these extra programs, but will also be needed to fund the training for them, and the daily running of the building for things like electric, fuel, etc.”

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