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Turning Back the Clock: The Inequitable Impact of Shortening California’s School Year

Turning Back the Clock: The Inequitable Impact of Shortening California’s School Year

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California’s education system has long failed to meet the needs of the low-income students and students of color who are now a vast majority of our state’s student population. To close persistent achievement gaps, we must dramatically improve the learning outcomes of our highest-need students by leveraging proven strategies such as increasing the amount of time students spend in school.

Yet, for the last two years, California’s policymakers have made the inequitable decision to systematically reduce the amount of instructional time that school districts are required to provide. Given that California has some of the widest achievement gaps and lowest student performance in the nation, reducing learning time in our schools should not be an option.

Publication date: 
October 31 2011
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Turning Back the Clock Brief_English_Oct 2011.pdf421.41 KB
Turning Back the Clock Brief_Spanish_Oct 2011.pdf172.79 KB
Turning Back the Clock Letter_English_Oct 2011.pdf79.62 KB
Turning Back the Clock Letter _Spanish_Oct 2011.pdf94.08 KB