MANDATORY Extended Learning Time, Duncan’s dream to further the Core agenda.

Districts that have been accepted for the Extended Learning Time Grant. This does not include additional districts that have pulled their applications when their communities protested the mandatory component.

Districts that have been accepted for the Extended Learning Time Grant. This does not include additional districts that have pulled their applications when their communities protested the mandatory component.

A few words on the **EXTENDED LEARNING TIME** that USDOE and Arne Duncan are pushing. He would like schools open 12 months a year, and 18 hours a day, ultimately. The Extended Learning Time Grant is an ease into this.

Sadly, most districts that have applied for this do not seem to realize full participation by every student is mandatory. There is no opt out option. This is why many districts, after strong outcry from parents and community members, have rejected this grant once accepted.

http://nancyebailey.com/2014/12/31/corporations-to-steal-family-time-with-your-children-happy-new-year/

From NYSEDs own website:
Re: Once an ‘Extended “Learning” Time’ grant is accepted, whether it’s optional or mandatory for all affected students in buildings that adopt this.

Q 55. Must a district’s Extended Learning Time model simply be made available to all students or is the participation of all students mandatory?
A: Because extended learning time is implemented through a restructuring of the school day and/or year, it is not possible for students to “opt out.” The extended time simply becomes a part of the standard school calendar.”
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http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/extended-learning-time-grant-program/questions-and-answers.pdf.

Ques # 55, 62, 68, 73, 78, 83, 84, 90, 93, 131, 155, 157, and, 188 all state that it is **mandatory for every student in the building.***

A sample schedule of extended day. Note, homework is not part of this schedule.

A sample schedule of extended day. Note, homework is not part of this schedule.

#82 discusses the districts mandating students to attend during the summer (with no mention of how they will handle lack of air conditioning)

#158 discusses the use of non-certified teachers, (in many schools where ELT is currently up and running, substitute teachers are providing instruction for the additional time.)

#146 and 157 discuss pre-k.

The involved districts can add the time on holidays, weekends, vacations, or summers. It is at their discretion. Also it is the districts discretion whether they want to include pre-k. Kindergarten is already included. It would seem if these babies are included in the average daily attendance, they have to be included in the ELT grant. That would mean its mandatory for 4 year olds going to school for eight hours a day plus bussing. Children of this age group have been proven to reap no benefit from too many hours asked to sit. This is also a health concern.

Q 90. Is participation in ELT programming mandatory for all students in a school or is participation voluntary?
A. Participation is mandatory.

Q 131. What is the minimum percentage of a school’s population that must attend extended learning time?
A. 100%. Because extended learning time is implemented through a restructuring of the school day and/or year, it is not possible to “opt out.” The extended time simply becomes a part of the standard school calendar.

Q 180. Can academic programming be offered only to targeted students? For
instance, could additional academic time be delivered to only those
students who failed to meet proficiency levels on state exams? If no (and
expanded programming must be offered to all students), is it okay if
additional academic time is only delivered to those students who failed to
meet proficiency levels, and all other students are offered enrichment
activities only?
A. Schools must increase learning time for all students by 25%, by providing
instruction or educational programs. Extra-curricular activities outside of core
academics are permitted but must be tied to increased student achievement and
academic performance as justification for inclusion in the ELT program.
And as for enrichment, and trying to include more arts and free time, that is not the goal for this program. This grant is offered in order to increase tests scores and further the cause of a globally competitive workforce. If the school day is merely restructured to lengthen lessons in order to increase tests scores, and the modules are already actually written to service lessons that are supposed to be taught in hour long increments, then it makes no sense to assume these extra hours will be dedicated to homework completion, or especially not the arts and community enrichment. Some districts use the selling point of homework time at school instead of home, but If its truly just a restructured day it is unlikely to see this happening, especially with the colossal amounts of homework and the varying speeds at which kids complete it. NYSED did not seem to plan for these kids coming home at 6:30 and having two hours of homework. Just as they did not plan for those families who do not need the “free daycare” by providing an opt out option.

Q141. The scoring rubric states that extra-curricular activities outside of
core academics, including sports, are permitted but must be tied to increased
student achievement and academic performance. While high-quality
enrichment activities, such as sports, can positively impact student
engagement and achievement, they may not have a direct academic focus.
Are high-quality enrichments that do not directly focus on academic
standards, but can improve academic achievement as a result of
participation, permitted in the ELT program?
A. It is the responsibility of the applicant to thoroughly describe how high-quality
enrichments that do not directly focus on academic standards can improve
academic achievement as a result of participation.
(It sounds like the district would have to prove somehow that art and music would actually “actually improve academic achievement as a result of participation.” How they would ever do that, if it is even possible? )

Q 181. Is it okay if some students served receive enrichment activities (no
core academics) while other students receive core academics and enrichment
activities? Or must all students receive at least core academics during the
extended learning time?
A. Schools must increase learning time for all students by 25%, by providing
instruction or educational programs. Enrichment activities outside of core
academics are permitted but must be tied to increased student achievement and
academic performance as justification for inclusion in the ELT program.

Additional concerns include:

Meals are to be included, dinner is a goal as the target population here are on free or reduced lunch plans, especially in title one schools.. But this would mean cafeteria and support (janitorial etc) staff would need to be present till five pm or thereabouts. Many bus companies close by 4pm, so schools would potentially have to find new companies or purchase their own busses. School nurses also ideally would not leave before the student body.

This is not unscheduled homework help time. Check the website here : http://www.timeandlearning.org/. See how it is heavily regulated time.

Students who attend after school sports, religious based instruction, scouts, or other activities in the community that generate revenue into the community or advance their social connections, would be unable to attend these programs. Homework will likely still need to be completed after school. Worse yet, family time will be virtually eliminated. None of these details were considered when NYSED designed this, as its primary marketing goal is to increase test scores and keep inner city kids “off the streets” at least until their parents are home after 5 pm. Some schools have opted to end the day before 5pm and instead are beginning classes at 7am. This would mean leaving the home at 6 am for those with a longer commute.

For anyone who is concerned with the motivation behind this grant as it directly tied to test scores, the following is from the grant application. “increased passage and proficiency rates on statewide standardized assessments “as a “key indicator of success.” Schools will be required to track and analyze the performance of their students and factors that
impact performance, including time allotted for teachers to collaborate and plan lessons.
Moreover, extended learning time programs must be able to measure key indicators of success,
such as passage and increased proficiency rates on statewide standardized assessments and increased attendance and promotion rates. Schools must commit to reporting performance data.”
There is so very much wrong with this grant, and many districts are running after it for the money, possibly in the dark as to the true implementation and outcome.

Schools districts have allowed as little parent involvement as possible. The applications for this grant have largely been in private. Parents became involved only after the fact, because they sought out information from the districts when they found out about the applications. Extended learning effects the entire community; students, parents and caregivers, teachers, lunch and nursing staff, bus companies, as well as the community businesses who were making a living a providing after school extra curricular activities.
Why has the process been behind closed doors?

The true meaning of charity is to help, without hurting. This is not charity. Charity would be optional, with this program available for the inner city at risk population. Because it is all about the money and test scores, the program is mandatory for all children in the affected schools, regardless of the fact that the majority do not want or need this service being forced upon them. The ideal act of charity is also selfless. To help others without personal benefit. That is clearly not the case here as the USDOE and NYSED’s Goal is to increase test scores. There are ways to help at risk children that do not effect the rest of the student population. Do not assume all families need this, or want this. Many have family time, after school activities, and downtime they cherish. Stop doing things “for our own good”. Taking children from their parents for more time isn’t for their own good at all. Forcing minors into a day longer than a typical adult paid workday is unfair and unethical. Parents were once again not consulted. While extended school hours could be of benefit in very specific circumstances or inner city neighborhoods, it should ALWAYS be optional. This is NOT.

See one districts statement on this application. Notice the immediate mention of how this benefits only a few, and how it is due to poor common core proficiency.  Note the extremely long days for young children, with NO OPT OUT OPTION.

http://www.kingstoncityschools.org/news.cfm?story=81657&school=0
Please see:

http://mindytison.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/a-brand-new-school-day/.

http://m.auburnpub.com/news/local/port-byron-school-board-discusses-longer-school-day-for-th/article_d28ca062-c00f-59fb-ade5-a45ee3d89038.html?mobile_touch=true

This has been in the works with big money for years.

http://www.fordfoundation.org/newsroom/news-from-ford/698

Please see the Duncan Dream below:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e6wRjxfkAU0.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/28/education-secretary-calls-for-12-hour-school-days-longer-school-years/

http://www.gilbertwatch.com/index.cfm/blog/arne-duncan-us-secretary-of-education-the-school-is-the-center-of-the-community/tag/S.H.I.E.L.D./

Rochester, NY is heavily piling on the hours and days. Parents in schools where this has already begun report their children are exhausted, and they only want to add more hours. Check the schedule. Notice the “college and career ready” catch phrase. http://fingerlakes.twcnews.com/content/news/793633/three-more-rochester-schools-considering-longer-school-day/.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/New-York-City-School-Renewal-Farina-De-Blasio-Longer-School-Day-281320671.html?fb_action_ids=10152800235242071&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B729104070497039%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.recommends%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

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