NY Senator Calls for ‘50-Hour Learning Week’

ALBANY (AP) -

A group of New York state senators is pushing for a big investment in after-school programs and all-day kindergarten to create what they’re calling a “50-hour learning week” for students.

The proposal, announced Friday by the Independent Democratic Conference, is intended to create wrap-around programs that combine traditional classroom work with other types of learning opportunities.

The plan includes $550 million for after-school programming, $155 million for the creation of community schools, and $60 million for all-day kindergarten.

Sen. Diane Savino, a member of the five-member IDC, says expanding after-school activities and all-day kindergarten would boost education outcomes, ultimately reducing taxpayer spending on remedial education and crime prevention.