Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically. Adding more education time can only benefit students in the United States. Five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year.
People that agree with this proposal state that American kids loose too much knowledge during the summer time. Supporters say a longer school year would give more poor children access to school provided healthy meals. This proposal does not favor parents because they would have to fill the gaps with after school programs, day care, babysitters and camps.
“It makes sense that more time is going to equate to more learning, but then you have to equate that to more professional development for teachers – will that get more bang for the buck?” said Patte Barth, the center’s director.
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