California Sen. Kamala Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate, this week announced a proposal to ease the burden placed on working parents by ensuring their children’s schools are open longer each day and providing programs for kids while their families are still at their jobs. Titled the Family Friendly Schools Act, Harris’ bill would grant up to $5 million in federal dollars to districts encompassing 500 elementary schools as a five-year pilot program in which each school would “restructure and expand the school day” by offering programming and other learning opportunities from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Ends School Lunch-Shaming by Guaranteeing All Students Will Get a Meal The bill would allot $1.3 trillion each year toward “community learning centers” for expanding summer programs. “Our bill does not mandate how schools implement the program so long as they stay open until 6 p.m.,” the Harris spokeswoman says. The results of this program, including feedback from school employees and families and recommendations for expanding such changes to other schools, would be reported after three years and at the conclusion of the grants.
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