Kamala Harris introduces bill to extend school day until 6 p.m. with after-school programs




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  • 2019-11-07 19:00:59Z
  • By USA TODAY
Kamala Harris introduces bill to extend school day until 6 p.m. with after-school programs
Kamala Harris introduces bill to extend school day until 6 p.m. with after-school programs  

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a Democratic presidential candidate, proposed a bill that would extend school hours from at least 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Family Friendly Schools Act would alter the traditional school day to align with parents' work hours, according to a news release Harris' office released Tuesday.

"My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours," Harris said in a statement. "So I know firsthand that for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship."

The bill would award grants to schools serving low-income families to provide "academic, athletic or enrichment opportunities" with "community partners."

It would prohibit schools from closing during staff development days, unless a comparable "enrichment activity" was provided free.

The bill would not mandate teachers, school administrators and staff to work additional hours. Additional hours would be "compensated fairly."

The proposal was met with a mixed response: Some praised the policy for offering after-school programs "that already exist in schools with affluent PTAs," as New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg tweeted Tuesday.

Others on Twitter criticized it as a stopgap to a larger problem of workers having to extend their workdays and called for more accommodations for workers with children.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kamala Harris: Bill may extend school day until 6 p.m. with programs

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