Washington Teachers' Union pushes back against proposal for longer school days

(WJLA) – The Washington Teachers’ Union is fighting back against D.C. Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s proposal to lengthen days at D.C. schools.

Henderson said lengthening the school day will improve schools and boost student achievement, but the teachers union encouraged members not to support the proposal, according to the Washington Post.

About $5.1 million was set aside for the extra hour of instruction at 42 schools,

Nearly all of those schools voted against making the days longer with the exception of two, Amidon-Bowen Elementary in Southwest and Whittier Education Campus in Brightwood, the Post reports.

Officials estimated at $1.1 million of the budgeted money will be used for longer school days.

Read more at the Washington Post.