D. An Act to Accelerate Student Success Through Expanded Learning Time (S. 252)

This bill would amend the Chapter 70 law and include Expanded Learning Time as a new funding definition. The current schedule of 180 six-and-a-half hour days does not meet the needs of all students, particularly those in high-poverty communities. In 2013, ELT schools with greater than 50% low-income students were twice as likely to be high-growth in math and two-and-a-half times as likely to be high growth in English, as compared to low-income schools with a regular schedule, meaning students at ELT schools are closing achievement gaps at much higher rates than their peers and are also often receiving a wide array of enrichment opportunities as part of their new school day, including arts, apprenticeships, sports, and technology.