Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe Magazine had a great cover story about Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation Extended Learning Time (ELT) program, which is designed to allow public schools that opt in to receive state funds for the development and implementation of plans to lengthen their school days. The article details the promise and problems associated with such a radical innovation in the education reform movement and interviews administrators, teachers, and students for their perspectives on ELT.
Following up on the article, Chris Gabrieli participated in a chat on Boston.com to further discuss the issues surrounding the ELT initiative in Massachusetts, which enjoys the strong support of one-time primary rival Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Ted Kennedy, who is chairman of the Senate’s education committee. It was Gabrieli’s Massachusetts 2020 that spearheaded the legislation to create the ELT pilot program, which is now expanding to include even more schools, thanks to increased funding.
It’s inspiring, as a life-long resident of Massachusetts, to have our commonwealth take the lead on yet another major issue and to serve again as a potential model for the nation. I encourage you all to read the article and the transcript.