A proposal from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, one of several Democrats vying for the party's presidential nomination, would keep schools open until 6 p.m.
Harris' Family Friendly Schools Act aims to better align school hours with the hours parents work.
Under her plan, schools would open by 8 a.m. When classes end for the day, students would be able to take part in extracurricular activities on campus until 6 p.m.
Schools would still be closed on weekends and holidays, as well as during emergency situations, according to TV station KTUL.
Teachers wouldn't be required to stay until 6 p.m., although they would have the option of doing so and would be paid extra for helping with extracurricular activities.
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours," Harris said in a written statement. "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.”
The proposal would start small, working with 500 schools in low-income areas, eventually growing over time.