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In an effort to improve student learning, schools and districts across the country are adding time to the school day and year — and trying to use the time that already exists more effectively. To tell this story, seven nonprofit news organizations — Chalkbeat‘s bureaus in Colorado, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee; Catalyst Chicago; the Philadelphia Public School Notebook; and EdSource in California — are pooling their coverage. The collaborative effort is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation, which has made More and Better Learning Time a priority in its philanthropy.

Read more about the news organizations:

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most. The network has bureaus in New York, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. Chalkbeat was created as a merger of GothamSchools and EdNews Colorado, independent news nonprofits now known as Chalkbeat New York and Chalkbeat Colorado. Our mission is to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families by providing deep, local coverage of education policy and practice.

Catalyst Chicago is an independent, non-profit news organization that serves as a watchdog and resource for urban school improvement.

EdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so in three ways: providing timely, useful information to policymakers; advancing awareness among the larger public on complex education issues; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes.

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is an independent, nonprofit news service serving thousands of supporters of the Philadelphia public schools. The Notebook serves as an information source and voice for parents, students, teachers, and other members of the community who are working for quality and equality in Philadelphia’s public schools.