Kamala Harris introduces bill to extend school days until 6 p.m.

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(WIFR) -- Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a bill Wednesday that would extend school hours from at least 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Under the proposed "Family Friendly Schools Act," public elementary schools would stay open until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The proposal attempts to align the children's traditional school day with their parents' work hours, according to a news release from Harris' office.

“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” said Harris per the news release. “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."

The bill would also award five-year grants of up to $5 million to school districts that serve a high number of low-income families to provide “academic, athletic, or enrichment opportunities.”

The bill also calls to invest more than $1 billion in enriching summer learning programs, without forcing teachers to work longer hours or for less pay.

In addition to Harris, the bill is sponsored by Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Michael Bennet of Colorado.