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Taking Stock of the Fiscal Costs of Expanded Learning Time

With increasing demands for improved student performance, many education policymakers are considering reforms that would expand learning time for all students. In fact, there are now numerous examples of individual schools that have implemented some form of expanded learning. This paper discusses the key questions that policymakers at the district level must consider when deciding to expand the length of the school day.

The key questions around expanding learning times include:

  • What are the cost components of different proposals?
  • What is the price tag associated with different proposals?
  • How do the costs compare with other reforms?
  • How can districts cover the costs?

This paper offers a framework for policymakers and practitioners to identify the key cost components involved in expanding the school day, costs out core design elements, and compare these costs against other reform initiatives, and explores investment in expanded learning time in the context of existing funding sources and other trade-offs and strategies that must be considered at the same time.

Taking Stock of the Fiscal Costs of Expanded Learning Time (PDF)

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