On Nov. 6, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced a new bill, the Family Friendly Schools Act, to make school days longer by a total of three hours.
Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said the Family Friendly Schools Act would “align the school day with the work day to better support working families.”
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” said Sen. Harris, in a press release. “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.”
Harris wants to start the school day by at least 8 a.m. and end it at 6 p.m. in order to, among other things, align with working parents’ schedules more sufficiently.