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Should The School Day Be Longer? Kamala Harris Thinks So

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in Iowa.
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A new bill proposed by Senator Kamala Harris is looking to extend the school day in an effort to accommodate working parents. 

The idea is to offer schools a five year grant of up to $5 million to extend the school day. The money would be used for recreational activities and enrichment programs. Harris has said that this is a necessary measure to close the gap between the adult work day and children’s school days. This would give lower income kids access to the same type of enrichment activities that wealthier parents pay for out-of-pocket. 

Critics have pushed back, saying that more institutional, organized activities for kids are not the solution. We discuss the proposal. 

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Kara Voght, reporter covering national politics with Mother Jones; she tweets @karavoght