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Sen. Kamala Harris introduces bill to move school hours to later in the day

(CNN) — U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris introduced legislation on Wednesday to extend the school day to 6 p.m.

Harris says the idea is to align the school day with the traditional work day to reduce the burden of childcare on working families.

The Family Friendly Schools Act would extend the school day three hours – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – during the school year.

Senator Harris is also calling for $1.3 billion annually to allow more children access to summer programming as well.

Most public schools are open for instructional time for 160-180 days out of the year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

This leaves parents to figure out how to care for children on afternoons, weekends and holidays.

For working and low-income families, paying for childcare presents a challenge.

One conservative blogger, Matt Walsh, warned the plan was an attempt by democrats to “replace the family with the state.”

The senate bill has a number of co-sponsors and also has support from the American Federation of Teachers.

The bill would not require teachers to work longer hours without additional pay.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.