Some public schools in Nashville – including charter and enhanced option schools – already have extended learning time. Kids may attend school as late as 5 p.m. in the evening, attend sessions in the summers, or both, depending on the school.
Mayor Karl Dean wants more discussion of such options for all Metro students, and plans to look at the issue over the course of the next year.
“You look at what some of the charter schools are doing with longer school days, Saturdays, in the summer – I think it’s something we need to be thinking about,” Dean said. “It will be something for us to discuss in the next year.”
At Friday’s Nashville Education Summit, Dean included “learning time” among key areas of focus for Nashville public schools. In addition to achievement, school choice and human capital, Dean said expanded learning time needs to be a high priority.
“Time matters when it comes to education. We need to rethink our school days and our school calendars,” Dean said.
As Nashville’s mayor, Dean isn’t in a position to single-handedly change “learning time” for all public school students. But his remarks could signal the beginning of a new initiative that may eventually reach local public schools.