Speaking of our schools becoming civil justice centers.
This is Senator Harris’s aim with her proposed legislation. The Family Friendly Schools Act would award five-year grants of up to $5 million to 500 U.S. school districts with the purpose of building a new school day around an 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday school week.
The bill would also limit the amount of days schools can close without offering free, full-day enrichment activities for students — again, to better align with the limited number of days that parents can take off from work. On average, schools shut down for 29 days during the school year and close for the entire summer. Meanwhile, 39 percent of all workers, and 80 percent of low-wage workers, don’t get any paid vacation time at all.
The grants would primarily serve low-income elementary schools, where there is likely a high percentage of working parents.
“The misalignment between school and work schedules puts working families through unnecessary financial stress — a burden we know is disproportionately shouldered by Black and Latinx families and families with low incomes,” Catherine Brown, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said about the bill. “Senator Harris’ proposal would better support families in arranging child care and their work schedules, enabling more parents — largely mothers — to work, advancing educational equity and providing a needed boost to our economy.”
You’ll notice that the entire purpose is not to actually educate more. I support year-round school as a means to provide more education, but that’s not what this is. This is a proposal to provide welfare through our school systems so that we don’t have to call it welfare.