(KOVR/CNN/Gray News) – California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate, said she wants to align school hours with parents’ workdays.
Most schools dismiss around 3 p.m., just two hours short of the standard full-time workday.
Harris’ legislation, called the Family Friendly Schools Act, would create school activities from at least 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Harris introduced the bill Wednesday.
“The Family Friendly Schools Act will create a first-of-its-kind pilot program to give schools resources to stay open during the entire work day throughout the school year and to invest over $1 billion in enriching summer learning programs – all without forcing teachers to work longer hours or for less pay,” Harris said in a press release.
The bill would award “five-year grants of up to $5 million total to school districts to transform elementary schools serving a high number of low-income families into Family Friendly Schools,” which could use the grant money to develop programs for students until 6 p.m. every weekday.
The legislation would also require the Department of Education to publish and distribute a report on what participants learned from the pilot program at the end of the five-year grant period.