This article in the Atlantic references several studies - especially a plan currently in front of the Boston school board to extend the school day
"The idea that the typical American school day is too short is far from a new idea in education circles. But it's certainly gaining popularity, backed by recent studies that have found improvements in student performance when kids spend more time in school. However, ongoing tensions remain over whether American schools need longer days—or, rather, strategies for being more productive with the time already allocated. As with many debates about education, the answer probably falls somewhere between those two extremes."
What about Cape Elizabeth? Should we have longer school days? Longer school years? Classes in the summer?
Last summer we implemented a new summer program, Open Doors
I emailed a question to Michael Moore ,School Board Finance chair, about the cost of this summer program trial.
"Open Doors Studio summer program
I take it from the PDF presentation that it was a 4-week summer program, 3 days per week, with approx. 100 students.
Can you give me (or show me where to find) a breakdown of the program costs in sufficient detail to enable me to extrapolate what the cost would be to expand the program?"
"The Superintendent will provide an update on the Open Studios summer program in the upcoming budget. If the program is expanded, the cost impact would be provided. The cost for the Open Doors Studio program last summer was ~$20,000."
Perhaps we should get an estimate to expand this program to all students from 5th grade to 10th grade?