Do you believe kids these days need Longer School Days and a Longer School Calendar to keep up with other parts of the world in the Academic Area?
school days and school years under legislation the Assembly Education
Committee is scheduled to take up today.
The bill (A1391) would create a three-year pilot program. Up to 25
districts could take part after applying to the state commissioner of
education. Corporations would foot the bill for the extra time, then be
reimbursed with tax credits from the state.
"I'm just hoping that we can get these kids that may be struggling an
opportunity to have more time in that classroom with their teachers, to
get whatever they're learning across," said Assemblyman Charles Mainor
(D-Hudson), a sponsor along with Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson.
Each district would have to specify the number of hours their school
days would increase and the number of days the school year would be
lengthened, and show that a majority of the districts' staff and parents
support the proposed change. The commissioner would select which
After the pilot program’s third year, the commissioner would submit a
report to the governor and the legislature evaluating the program’s
effectiveness and recommend whether to continue the program and expand
it to other districts.
Companies that fund the program would be eligible for tax credits,
capped at $24 million for the program’s first year, $48 million for the
second and $72 million for the third.
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