For Salem (Mass.) schools, more time an important step

Monday, July 1, 2013

The value of expanded learning time has been a hot topic of conversation over recent months in our community, with some schools considering expanding their calendar and the School Committee considering a change to the calendar at Saltonstall School, a long-standing extended-year school.

As a parent with kids soon to enter the Salem public schools, I am deeply concerned about the state of the city’s school system — particularly the three Salem schools that have received the lowest possible rating from the state.

As an educator, I strongly believe that there is much more we can and should do to improve our schools. Expanded time, when used wisely, holds the promise of closing the educational achievement gap and making school a richer, more engaging experience for all students. I know because I have seen the benefits of more time firsthand in the schools where I’ve worked.

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