I bet you could get much better results if you took the 20 middle schools the city is going extend the school day at and instead lowered class size to the low 20's or high teens.
In fact, I know you could get better results.
But for some reason, education reformers refuse to sell class size reforms and instead go with the extended school day and extended school year reforms.
Even though lowering class size is a proven reform and extending the school day is not.
My brain tells me that education reformers don't really care about improving performance so much, or helping kids, because if they did, they would choose the reform proven to work over the one that sometimes does and sometimes doesn't.
My brain also tells me that there is another agenda behind the extended school day and extended school year movement:
They want to socialize the kids to expect longer work days with no vacation, garbage pay and, as the Daily News put the extra work the middle school kids will be doing as part of the extended school day program, "toil" when they become working adults in our neo-feudal economy.