Senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow commented recently in an American Family Radio News (One News Now) story to provide perspective on news that some Colorado schools were among the recipients of grant money to provide longer or more days to serve especially low-income students. DeGrow told reporter Bob Kellogg that more than just the amount of time may need to change:
“Students who start off with those obstacles of poverty and less parental involvement in their lives — more time in school certainly could help them overcome that deficit, if they’re in the classroom with a great teacher and in a school with a good culture and high expectations,” the policy analyst submits.
Colorado is one of five states taking part in the three-year pilot program, with nine schools from the metro Denver-Boulder area chosen to participate in the extended learning time. Follow the link to read the story and listen to a 1-minute audio clip.