SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California Senator and Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Kamala Harris has introduced a bill that aims to help working parents by aligning school hours with the normal workday.

Right now, most schools dismiss around 3 p.m., two hours short of the usual standard full-time workday, leaving many parents in a bind.

The legislation, called the “Family Friendly Schools Act,” would create school activities from at least 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sen. Harris introduced the bill on Wednesday.

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However, the bill doesn’t aim to make teachers work longer hours. Instead, the law would award five-year grants of up to $5 million to schools so they can develop programs that can keep kids busy until 6 p.m. every weekday.

The bill would also push schools to either stay open for parent-teacher conferences and other professional development days or offer full-day “enrichment” activities for students, free of charge.

Schools serving a high number of low-income families are the target of the bill.

Sen. Harris’ push comes amid other attempts to transform school hours. In Harris’ own home state, legislation was recently signed into law that requires schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Comments (5)
  1. Babe says:

    I think its rediculous to keep kids in school that long. Parents should make arrangements for their kids after the kids are released to go home. We have had no problems with after school for generations why change now.

  2. Terrence Clark says:

    they gone make it an eight hour shift watch hahaha

  3. Beth says:

    Most schools already have after school care for those who need it. This sounds like more government control and interference. There are other after school choices; YMCA, Pacific Camps, etc. This doesn’t seem necessary.

  4. Beth says:

    If it doesn’t lengthen teachers work day then who is supervising?

  5. katrenco says:

    So, in addition to teaching the “three R’s” and instilling “right from wrong morals” that parents don’t have the time or inclination for, our teachers will now have to provide free daycare for those same too-busy, working parents? And all of this on salaries already too small and already lacking adequate parental support? Who do we think is going to be willing to become a teacher and what will we do when we don’t have enough quality people to fill those positions? This woman is a total idiot!

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