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I’ve been thinking a lot about the arts lately. We are in the final stages of preparing a report on the arts in expanded-time schools and, as I spend these weeks visiting and writing about schools with strong arts programs, I’ve come away with a new appreciation of just how much impact arts education can have on children’s lives.

This post was written by Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, and Chris Gabrieli, Chair of the National Center on Time and Learning. They co-chair the Time to Succeed Coalition. This article is cross-posted on the Huffington Post.

Imagine waking up in the morning and taking a horse and buggy to the office. Or doing your work with a quill and ink by candlelight. It’s unimaginable. Yet every day we ask millions of children to make do in an education system designed for life in the 1800s.

This is a guest post from NCTL's Director of Communications & External Affairs and the National Director of the Time to Succeed Coalition, Blair Brown.

Over the past several months, I’ve had the exciting and unique opportunity to be at the center of building the Time to Succeed Coalition (TSC). Over the coming months, you can expect to see a lot of TSC as we continue to build the ELT movement...

This is a guest post from NCTL's Director of Communications & External Affairs, Blair Brown
 
So often when you work in public policy, you hear about what can’t be done.  It’s easy to get caught up in the barriers, how hard something will be, and who will be against it, rather than the opportunities of change, and what is in fact possible. 

This op-ed by Thomas Rains Jr., Policy Director of A+ Education Partnership, was originally posted on al.com May 1, 2012. 

While the rest of the world is moving toward a longer school year and pushing to compete in the global economy, Alabama is considering a bill that would do just the opposite.
 
The Flexible School Calendar Act (HB 360) would decrease student achievement and increase the achievement gap.

This is a guest post by Kyle Linhares, Policy Associate for NCTL.

Last Wednesday, Senators Bingaman, Sanders, and Kirk hosted a bipartisan policy briefing on the use of ELT to improve student outcomes. By helping schools increase the length of the school day or year and partner with community-based organizations to develop creative approaches to education services, expanded learning time represents...

To my mind, there were three striking things about the recent announcement that middle school students in Prince George’s County, Maryland—a large school district in suburban Washington, DC—will be going to school for an additional 40 minutes per day starting next school year. 

This is a guest post from NCTL's Manager of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative, Emily Raine.
 
Over the past five weeks, 75 teachers and administrators from schools across Massachusetts have come together for four full days to talk, think, dream - even argue a bit - about expanding learning time.  
 

This is a guest post by Michael Pernick, Program Associate for NCTL.

Last week, the Governor of Oregon signed HB 4014 into law. HB 4014 dealt with many important education issues including laws pertaining to school boards, kindergarten, teacher evaluation, and assessments. 

In the budget recently released by the House Ways and Means Committee, the House proposed to level-fund the MA Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative at $13.9 million for fiscal year 2013. We know that the fiscal climate remains difficult and we are grateful for this show of support for the ELT Initiative and 19 expanded-time schools in nine communities across the state.

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