Making Expanded Learning Time Financially Feasible

By Nora Fleming — November 03, 2011 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The After School Corporation has just released a fiscal map and report to alert those interested in expanded learning time—or adding time to the school day, week, or year to help close the achievement gap between students—of the variety of funding streams available to support efforts to lengthen the school calendar.

According to the report, there are about 29 federal funding streams alone that can be used for expanded learning, in addition to a number of other public sources to tap. While the funding sources vary from public to private, so too does the distribution of those funds (one-time grants, renewable sources, etc.), and so do the recipients (states, districts, schools, intermediary organizations, community-based organizations).

TASC, based in New York City, uses examples from its own expanded learning elementary and middle schools to show how blended funding and community partnerships can make expanded learning financially feasible for districts if implemented thoughtfully. TASC’s model, using a combination of funding, providers, and resources, can cost $1,600 per student for an added 1,600 hours a year, it reports.

“This landscape creates both a diverse pool of funding sources and a complicated set of conditions for those who must develop ELT budgets,” the report says. "[In New York], school leaders and their community partners decide how to braid these myriad of funds together to create a seamless, community-responsive educational experience for students.”

TASC is currently working on a pilot project for expanded learning high schools, which will incorporate best practices from its existing ELT schools with new ideas for how added time can help older students specifically.

Also on the ELT front, the Wallace Foundation released a report today summarizing the major themes and discussions from its conference in May, “Reimagining the School Day: A Forum on More Time for Learning.” (Education Week gets funding from the Wallace Foundation to cover expanded and extended learning, as well as other topics.)

Some of these themes include exploring the definition of what “quality” time added or spent means for students, the impact the lack of sufficient time for learning can have, and what policies could help or hinder the push for added learning time as a reform strategy in today’s schools.

“Can we envision a system that is founded on high-quality opportunities for children? One that supports and tracks learning as it flows in and out of school that has classroom teachers and outside educators sharing goals, and accountability, for student learning?” the report asks, in light of the conference discussions.

The report also profiles several programs represented at the conference: the Knowledge Is Power Program charter schools, Cincinnati’s Fifth Quarter Program, TASC, School of One, and Building Better Educated Leaders for Life, or BELL.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Beyond School blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class
Teaching Profession Live Online Discussion What Have We Learned From Teachers During the Pandemic?
University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Lora Bartlett and her colleagues spent months studying how the pandemic affected classroom teachers. We will discuss the takeaways from her research not only for teachers, but also for

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Schools Get the Brunt of Latest COVID Wave in South Carolina
In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter.
4 min read
Two Camden Elementary School students in masks listen as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about steps the school is taking to fight COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Camden, S.C. McMaster has adamantly and repeatedly come out against requiring masks in schools even as the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state has risen since early June. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
Education More States Are Requiring Schools to Teach Native American History and Culture
Advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd.
3 min read
A dancer participates in an intertribal dance at Schemitzun on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Mashantucket, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Connecticut and a handful of other states have recently decided to mandate students be taught about Native American culture and history. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Education Judge's Temporary Order Allows Iowa Schools to Mandate Masks
A federal judge ordered the state to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn.
4 min read
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters following a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds lashed out at President Joe Biden Thursday after he ordered his education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19. Reynolds, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that prohibits school officials from requiring masks, raising concerns as delta variant virus cases climb across the state and schools resume classes soon. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Education Hurricane Ida Deals New Blow to Louisiana Schools Struggling to Reopen
The opening of the school year offered teachers a chance to fully assess the pandemic's effects, only to have students forced out again.
8 min read
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021. Louisiana students, who were back in class after a year and a half of COVID-19 disruptions kept many of them at home, are now missing school again after Hurricane Ida. A quarter-million public school students statewide have no school to report to, though top educators are promising a return is, at most, weeks away, not months.
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021.
John Locher/AP