Statement From Chris Gabrieli On Los Angeles Unified School District Board Of Education Resolution
Chris Gabrieli, co-founder and chairman of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), issued the following statement today regarding the resolution passed last night by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, Beyond 180 - Increasing Instructional Time to Improve Student Success
“We applaud the resolution passed by the LAUSD School Board to dramatically increase instructional time to improve student success for Los Angeles’s students. Through this resolution, Board President Garcìa and the Board are recognizing that this is a critical and necessary step forward for Los Angeles’s schools to ensure their students receive an education that prepares them for success in college, the workplace, and our complex global economy.
Increasing instructional time is rapidly becoming a key education reform strategy across the nation and NCTL has identified more than 1,000 schools with redesigned and expanded school calendars across 36 states. California is currently home to nearly 100 of these schools and we eagerly welcome Los Angeles to the movement of communities that are embracing expanded learning time to improve their schools and provide their students with strong, well-rounded educations. As districts like Los Angeles embrace expanding learning time, we are seeing national support as well. Three-quarters of respondents from a nationwide February poll – including 80 percent of parents with children enrolled in public schools – agreed that more time in school will better prepare students for success in college and the workforce.
This is a positive step forward for Los Angeles students, teachers, and community members and we need more districts to follow their lead. We look forward to supporting Los Angeles school leaders they explore expanding learning time in the months ahead.”