(KWWL) – U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris introduced the Family Friendly Schools Act on Wednesday, which would attempt to align the school day with work day hours.
According to a press release on Wednesday, the act would have schools run from 8 am to 6 pm, adding 3 hours to the current school day. The bill would also authorize $1.3 billion annually to allow more children access to summer programming.
To achieve this, the legislation would award five-year grants of up to $5 million to school districts to transform elementary schools serving a high number of low-income families into “Family Friendly Schools.”
If you’re a working parent with a child in school, you understand that making ends meet often means multiple jobs, long days, and stressful scheduling. My Family Friendly Schools Act ensures that children have access to after-school care while their parents work.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2019
In the release, Harris described her personal connection to the issues she is looking to fix:
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours. So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But, this does not have to be the case. My bill provides an innovative solution that will help reduce the burden of child care on working families. It is time we modernize the school schedule to better meet the needs of our students and their families.”
You can read the press release and the full bill here.