Loving a longer school day

The Denver Post reports on Wheat Ridge elementary school, one of four schools in Colorado experimenting with a longer day this year as part of the TIME Collaborative—an initiative of the National Center on Time & Learning and the Ford Foundation that is challenging schools in five states to expand student learning hours in sustainable ways. Principal Sandy Craig said the goal is to maximize every minute Pennington students spend in school. "We want to level the playing field for our kids," she said. "There's more than just an achievement gap for our kids. There's also an opportunity gap."

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