"States and school districts around the country are considering dozens of proposals for extending the school day by several hours to extending the school year by days, weeks or months...
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recently proposed a longer school day and year for low-performing schools. . . .
"Research reveals a complicated relationship between time and learning and suggests that improving the quality of instructional time is at least as important as increasing the quantity of time in school. It also suggests that the addition of high-quality teaching time is of particular benefit to certain groups of students, such as low-income students and others who have little opportunity for learning outside of school?"
I love my summer breaks, but the straight truth of it is that students languish during those summer months, especially in dual-language or mono-language homes (that differ from our main instructional content). The third paragraph is especially key to understanding the relationship with any sort of logistical adjustment to schools. Adding money, time or more computers doesn't solve the problem - but a combination of different factors with higher pay for quality teachers would make a huge difference for low perfoming schools. With all the other reforms the governor has instituted, it would be a good combination to provide an addtional boost to schools in need.