A few arguments against this idea can include the fact that the Department of Education is a federal agency, and educational decisions such as length of the school day are decided at the state level, as are most educational decisions. Secondly, to lengthen the school day is expensive, and the states are the ones who would have to pay. Given the recession and crashing state budgets around the country, this is hardly feasible. Thirdly, there is little research to suggest that the primary reason for failing schools is not enough seat time for students. I could argue that we need more resources in order to do a better job with the time we have. Lastly, with athletics at the high school level, extending the school day also extends those athletic contests later into the evening, which takes a toll on those students who choose to participate.