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In the News: More schools extend their calendars
According to the National Center on Time and Learning, a nonprofit research group in Boston, about 170 schools — more than 140 of them charter schools — across the country have extended their calendars in recent years to 190 days or longer.
Increasing time in school is one of the best ways to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor students, education advocates say. (The New York Times)
A plan Mayor Emanuel unveiled Friday will allow 5,000 more Chicago toddlers access to early childhood education programs by the 2015-16 school year — and the quality of existing programs will be upgraded. In a press release announcing the expansion, Emanuel claimed that Chicago students who attend “high-quality” early childhood programs are 29 percent more likely to graduate from high school. (Sun-Times)
The city will spend up to $10 million on the preschool programs, which will be available to parochial and charter schools and neighborhood organizations. (Tribune)
IN THE NATION
For the sixth consecutive year, the District of Columbia has fallen short of meeting federal special education goals, the worst record of any state in the country, according to the latest annual state ratings from the U.S. Department of Education. (Education Week)