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More School Days, Longer Hours for Some CT Students

Connecticut is one of several states testing a program

Students in five states throughout the U.S. – including Connecticut – will have longer school days and in the hopes of increasing learning in public schools. More school days will also be added to students' schedules.  

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Washington D.C. on Monday at the Pew Charitable Trusts for the planned announcement of the program. The three-year pilot program is being funded through a combination of public funds and private funds from Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning. 

According to the Hartford Courant, the program affects only the East Hartford, Meriden and New London school districts. Each district will be able to plan how to add the extra hours to the calendar.

The Associated Press reported that the program will add at least 300 hours of learning to the school calendar. Joining Connecticut in the program will be Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and Tennesse.

Alison December 09, 2012 at 04:25 AM
This is a terrible idea. Kids will be exhausted with longer days, and they will be unable to retain the information they learned. Where is the comon sense here?
Lisa December 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
It only works out to be a little over 1.5 hours extra per day. Our kids spend approximately 6.5 hours at school each day, so their average day would be equivalent to the average work day of 8 hours. I don't think that this is a heavy price to pay for a better education.

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