Some char­ter schools in the Kansas City area have fig­ured out an equa­tion for high­er aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment. Longer school days and a longer school year can, in fact, boost aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment. Can Kansas City afford not to fol­low their lead? In a dis­trict where 72% of its stu­dents can’t read at grade lev­el, what have we got to lose? But remem­ber, more time doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly equal bet­ter stu­dents unless, as Kansas City Star reporter Eric Adler cau­tions in his col­umn, the chil­dren receive qual­i­ty instruc­tion in a safe and car­ing class­room.

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