Class Struggle: longer school days

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 11/12/2010

How to end a dispiriting fight over learning time

Here in Washington, well-meaning advocates of afterschool programs are fighting with well-meaning advocates of longer school days over a big pot of federal money. It distresses me, but does not surprise me, to discover that their arguments have more to do about clout in Congress than the well-being of the school children they say they are trying to help. I have a solution. But first, let's examine the dispute.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Trends | Tags:  afterschool programs, each praises studies showing the best of their programs succeed, each trashes the other's research, longer school days, two sides in increased learning time debate fight over $1.25 billion in federal funds, why not agree to fund just those high quality programs?