Mayor Walsh Wants 2015 To Be Year Of Education

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Kids may be out of school for the holidays, but here in Boston they will soon have more school. 40 minutes more each day, to be exact, which adds up to an extra month worth of teaching in the course of a school year.

That is the result of a plan by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the Boston School Committee and the head of the Boston Teacher's Union.

For years, lengthening the school day has been a goal in Boston, which has one of the shortest school days of any major urban school district. Education advocates have said a longer day is one of the keys to improving schools. If the plan is approved by members of the teachers union, it will finally happen in 60 of the city's elementary and middle schools.

We talked about the plan with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh earlier Monday in his city hall office.


Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston. He tweets @marty_walsh.


WBUR: Mayor Walsh Announces Proposal To Extend School Day For 60 Boston Schools

  • "The agreement would affect 60 schools, or nearly 23,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade students. It also would double the amount of time teachers have for planning and development."

This segment aired on December 29, 2014.


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