Harris has purposed a 10-hour school day for our future generations.
What We Know:
If you’re a working parent with a child in school, you understand that making ends meet often means multiple jobs, long days, and stressful scheduling. My Family Friendly Schools Act ensures that children have access to after-school care while their parents work.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2019
- It’s called the Family Friendly Schools Act, Harris continued that it would create a “pilot program to give schools funds to stay open during the entire workday throughout the school year, as well as to invest over $1 billion to boost summer learning programs.”
- Harris saw this act as a way to help parents who struggle with their busy schedule of work and taking care of their kids, according to the Daily Wire. This plan includes gives funding to schools that help children with low-income families. Each school receives $5 million dollars over five years. At the end of the five years, the Education Department would publish a report documenting the benefits of the policy. During the first year, schools would be required to analyze what timing works best for people in the community.
- President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten praised the bill by saying “By investing in before, and after school programming, summer enrichment and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, this legislation addresses a chronic and long-neglected problem: too many working parents can’t access affordable care for their kids during the workday,”
This bill was also supported by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).