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Research Report

Not Getting Our Money’s Worth

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This report spotlights the many reasons why six-hour school days and nine-month school years were better suited to the nation’s agrarian past than to the 21st century’s demands and opportunities. U.S. schools are losing an estimated $21 billion each year because of summer learning loss among children from lower-income families. The report advocates adding more and higher quality learning time, with an emphasis on improved curriculum, more effective teaching, more enrichment activities, and better accountability.


Clifford, K., Christeson, B., O’Connor, J. (2015) Not Getting Our Money’s Worth: An Outdated School Schedule Is Costing New York $2.3 Billion a Year. Washington, D.C.: ReadyNation.