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More School Days, Longer Hours for Some Connecticut Students

Connecticut is one of several states testing a program for the next three years.

Students in five states throughout the U.S. -- including Connecticut -- will have longer school days in 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 the 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.

Jason Bagley (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
A few comments left on the Stratford Patch Facebook page: Elizabeth Howard: "Hmmm. Does this mean they will actually get recess everyday now?" Karen Wakeley: "I don't know about the extended hours - I think I'm not in favor of that. However, I am much in favor of extra days. I think that the summer is far too long for many children." Sherri Lynn Higgins: "As a person who works in the school system and a parent, I think it's nuts. When do they expect these kids to do anything other than homework. They need a break as do the teachers." Frank Sweeney: "Longer days are not the answer but a longer school year as good as it may seem will not come cheaply nor without an argument or two." http://www.facebook.com/StratfordPatch
Theresa December 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Adding additional hours to the day is pointless unless it increases the class time for math and science curriculum in both elementary and secondary schools. It is the quality of education not the quantity that matters. Adding 45 minutes to the day and filling it with study halls, electives and extra innings of kickball will do nothing for CMT/CAPT scores.

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