Recently Sen. Kamala Harris announced a new bill that will end school at 6PM instead of the usuak=l 2.50PM or 3.PM. The purpose of the bill is to help working parents who may need a little more time during the day before picking up the kids after school.
According to CBS news The “Family Friendly Schools Act” would align the school day with the workday, creating in-school activities that would extend from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” Harris said in a press release, “So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But, this does not have to be the case.”
“My bill provides an innovative solution that will help reduce the burden of childcare on working families. It is time we modernize the school schedule to better meet the needs of our students and their families,”
“The Family Friendly Schools Act will create a first-of-its-kind pilot program to give schools resources to stay open during the entire workday throughout the school year,” according to the press release. The bill also proposes a more than $1 billion investment in summer learning programs. The proposal will not force teachers to work longer hours or for less pay.
The bill would enable 500 schools to become “Family Friendly Schools” that would align the school day with the workday, and it would provide more funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to expand access to summer learning opportunities.
In addition to the extended school day, the bill also proposes schools are only closed on federal holidays, weekends and emergencies — and if schools are closed for parent-teacher conferences, professional developments and other reasons, free “enrichment activities” will be offered.
There is a lot to unpack with the bill, as a matter of fact, many of the moms in the Facebook groups I am a part of were more concerned about the teachers who are currently overworked and underpaid.
Personally I think districts should have the option to implement a long day because I know first hand how costly daycare can be. On the other hand, I am concerned about our educators who express concerns about stressful days and lack of adequate compensation.
Let me know below what you think about this bill and if you are an educator how would this affect you personally?