Late last week Mitchell Chester, State Commissioner of Education, notified both the Timilty and the Umana that funding might be pulled from their respective Expanded Learning Time programs. He said maybe it would or maybe it wouldn’t. A final decision, he said, would come in the summer. If the money is pulled, the student and teacher school day would shrink by two hours, forcing some parents to look very quickly for another extended day program.
Memo to Dr. Chester…these are real, live parents who have children in those schools. They work, many in two jobs. They cannot simply change their schedules or their children’s schedules today, let alone in the summertime. They do not have a lot of options. A loss of the two school hours will present a great, great difficulty and hardship to many of them. Again, they do not have many options. Even if a decision were made today–which it is not–parents would be hard pressed to find an alternative after-school program.
The BTU is exploring legal options to challenge the potential loss of the extended day programs because of what would be a late and untimely notice.
Perhaps common sense will prevail.