Families in the highest income quartile spend 9 times more on educational opportunities outside the school day than families in the lowest income quartile
More learning time allows schools to broaden the curriculum to include such courses as arts, robotics, drama, creative writing, forensics, and music. Students have the opportunity to develop deeper learning skills such as teamwork, public speaking, and creative problem solving, which are vital for success in the 21st Century economy. With more time, schools can also bring partners in to the school to supplement and enhance the educational programming. Partners at expanded learning time schools often include community-based organizations, local businesses, colleges and universities, and arts and cultural institutions.