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MA Budget & Policy Center publishes new report on expanded learning time, cites BELL as model

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BOSTON - November 12, 2014 - Today the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center published a report exploring how time has been used effectively to increase student achievement, strengthen their social skills and self-confidence, and improve their health and wellbeing. In Beyond the Bell: Options for Increased Learning Time, three approaches are discussed: extending the length of the school day, providing after school services, and delivering summer learning opportunities. The report cites BELL's after school and summer programs in case studies about effective expanded learning initiatives in Boston and beyond.

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About the Roadmap for Expanding Opportunity: Evidence on What Works in Education
The promise of a high-quality education leading to opportunity and shared prosperity for all children is a deeply held value in Massachusetts. Despite a record of prominent successes, however, our Commonwealth has struggled to provide students from all backgrounds the supports necessary for long-term life success. To confront this challenge, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy are undertaking this shared research project: the Roadmap for Expanding Opportunity: Evidence on What Works in Education.

This series of reports builds on progress initiated with the Education Reform Act of 1993, addressing critical areas in which progress has stalled. Ultimately, this project will provide a roadmap for bringing education reform into the 21st century. Reports will examine promising evidence-based strategies for supporting all children in achieving college, career, and life success. In particular, analyses will be grounded in a recognition that learning must extend beyond traditional school structures and offerings.

Reports will offer strategies for adapting a broad evidence base to local contexts, including cost analyses to assess the level of resources required to support district and statewide innovation. Ultimately, these briefs are designed to provide education leaders and practitioners with building blocks for driving future educational reforms across the Commonwealth.

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