Kamala Harris Hopes To Extend The School Day To Benefit Working Parents

November 7, 2019
Kamala Harris has proposed extending the school day.

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has plans to introduce a bill that would allow school hours to be extended until 6 p.m.

The bill, if passed, would provide after school activities for elementary school children whose parents may not be able to pick them up from school due to a conflicting work schedule.

The “Family Friendly Schools Act” would run as a 5-year pilot program for 500 elementary schools and extend $5 million in funding towards the extended activities and cirriculum. 

“The misalignment between school and work schedules puts working families through unnecessary financial stress ― a burden we know is disproportionately shouldered by Black and Latinx families and families with low incomes,” Catherine Brown, an education expert at liberal think tank Center for American Progress, said in a release.

Most schools around the country close at or around 3 p.m.

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