Senator Kamala Harris unveiled a bill to lengthen the school day to 6 PM on Wednesday, October 6, 2019.
Leftist outlet Mother Jones argued that this will “modernize” school hours by extending them to better match the working hours of average American adults.
Although most school days end around 3 p.m., many parents don’t get off work until later. On top of that, schools shut down for a number of reasons during the school year. These days off along with summer vacation, “leaves working parents scrambling for day-long care.”
Harris wants to solve this problem by increasing the length of the average school day, starting with a pilot program that “gives money to 500 schools that serve a high proportion of low-income families to develop a school schedule that better matches the work schedule.”
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” Harris claimed.
“So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedule is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But, this does not have to be the case,” the California Senator continued.
Mother Jones reported:
Each recipient school would receive up to $5 million dollars over five years to keep their doors open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with no closures except for weekends, federal holidays, and emergencies. Professional development, parent-teacher conferences, and the like would have to happen, at minimum, alongside a full day of enrichment activities. At the end of the five years, the Education Department would publish a report documenting the best practices, as well as changes in parental employment, student performance, and teacher retention rates to be used to inform a future broader program
Harris’s proposal does not contain much in specifics for how these extended hours will work and simply calls for “high-quality, culturally relevant, linguistically accessible, developmentally appropriate academic, athletic, or enrichment opportunities for students.”
Mother Jones added:
The bill would also require the school to find a private or non-federal public funding source, such as state grants or philanthropy organizations, to match 10 percent of the federal grant money, a stipulation intended to help the programs remain sustainable after the initial grant money has run out. The matches can be money or an in-kind contribution
A number of Senators such as Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and Kirsten Gillibrand have co-sponsored this bill.
The outlet reported that of her fellow 2020 competitors such as Senators Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren—only Bennet “has signed on.”
Public schools are already notorious for spreading political correctness and indoctrinating children into accepting leftist viewpoints.
By extending school hours, this will allow for zealous public administrators to continue to exert influence over children and have public schools act as de facto surrogate parents.
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