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Recently a story came to my attention that, for some reason, struck me as from the realm of the imaginary. A school leader, in this case Superintendent William Habermehl of Orange County, California, stood up during his annual state of education address and called for a school year that was at least 15 days longer.

This is a guest post from Puja Thakkar, a Program Associate for NCTL's State & District Engagement and School Transformation team.

Have you ever wondered what tacos and school turnaround have in common?  Last month, state and district leaders from 26 districts across the country came together in Washington, DC to find out.    

From President Obama to business leaders to educators, there has been a steady drumbeat of support for the idea that our nation needs to re-commit to improving and expanding science education. 

This is a guest post by Lisa Pryor, NCTL’s Senior Advisor for State & District Engagement.

Maximizing learning time was a big topic at the School Turnaround Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of the Great City Schools a couple weeks ago. 

This is a guest post by NCTL's Director of Communications & External Affairs, Blair Brown.

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at an ELT convening hosted by the UCLA IDEA Center with 14 community groups from across the country last week. 

This is a guest post by Roy Chan, NCTL's Manager of Effective Practices.

As momentum for expanding the school schedule spreads across the country, there are two common questions we hear from schools and districts: ‘how will this benefit our children?’ and ‘how much is this going to cost?’ 

Rachel Douglas Swanson, a teaches at LEARN Charter School in South Chicago and a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow, posted the following on the Huffington Post, February 15, 2012.

This is a guest post by David Goldberg, NCTL's Director of Federal Policy and National Partnerships.  

Recently, expanded learning time has been a high profile topic here in Washington, D.C. 

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the Askwith Forum at Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is impossible for public figures not to have detractors, but it is difficult to read his speech without coming away impressed at the secretary’s boldness of vision.

This is a guest post by Lisa Pryor, NCTL’s Senior Advisor for State & District Engagement.

Kids love them. But as an adult, sometimes weather can just get the best of us. 

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