Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest school district, is discussing extending its academic year by 20 days, a $300 million proposal that would give Los Angeles the longest school year, at 200 days, of any large urban district in the nation.
Extending class time and the length of the school year is gaining increasing attention as educators seek new ways to improve student performance, and any extension would put Los Angeles at the forefront of the national effort. The potential benefits of a longer school year were outlined in the 1983 A Nation at Risk report, which ushered in the modern era of education reform. The report recommended that schools move to between 200 and 220 school days, but no state has come close to that number. Most, like LAUSD, offer a 180-day instructional year.