For the first time in the U.S., more district schools than charter schools are expanding the school day or year, according to a recentreport. But the national trend does not appear to be catching on in California.
Bit by bit, CPS has chipped away at efforts to create a non-traditional school calendar that aimed to make better use of time to improve academics. The last nail in the coffin came earlier this year, when the Board of Education quietly approved a new calendar that will have students once again return to school after Labor Day.
Los Angeles Unified’s board members approved a 180-day school year for 2014-15, postponing for at least a year member Mónica García’s proposal to extend the school year to 200 days in the nation’s second-largest school district.