If you haven't heard the latest news from some of the US politicians, here it is: there is now a proposal for schools to have a 10-hour school day. The proposal comes from Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate from California. It's called the "Family Friendly Schools Act".

This proposal would have schools open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. In addition to that, the schools would only be closed for weekends, federal holidays, and emergencies. Below are some of the proposal's "Family Friendly School" highlights:

  • Schools would be open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM throughout the school year, and only be closed for federal holidays, weekends, and/or emergencies.
  • Schools won't close for parent teacher conferences, staff development days, or any other days unless they offer "full-day enrichment activities free of charge for students".
  • Schools won't increase the amount of hours that faculty and staff have to work, unless they choose to volunteer extra hours, and are paid for the extra time and work they put in.

And these are just a few of the highlights of this bill. The idea is to make schedules easier on families.

I don't know about you guys, but a 10-hour school day seems a bit rough to me. My mom was a teacher my whole life, and she spent lots of extra hours getting ready for her job. And that was when it was only a regular day, WITH days off other than weekends and holidays.

We want to hear from other East Texans, though. What is your take on the extended school days? Are you for or against it? Sound off in the comment section below!

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