With the mess surrounding the state's takeover of the HISD board, few would dispute that Houston’s public school system needs to change. Robert Sanborn, president of Children at Risk, a nonprofit advocacy organization, says it’s important to give our children a head start. “One of the solutions for Houston is more high-quality, academically based education programs,” he says, explaining that more than 80 percent of the district’s students are considered low-income. He strongly believes that HISD not only should have longer school days, but also should increase the number of those school days to 200 or more, easing the childcare burden of working families and improving education in the process. “The United States has one of the shortest school years in the developed world,” Sanborn says. “When kids have more academic time, they do better.” 

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