A panel of K-12 education experts gathered this week to discuss the benefits and challenges of extending the school day or year, at a time when budget cuts are shortening instructional time at some schools. The Cincinnati school district has seen success with its "Fifth Quarter," which convenes in June and provides basic academics and enrichment activities. However, panelists noted a need for professional development for teachers, as well as data on such programs to determine whether they are making an impact on student learning.

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