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More School Days, Longer Hours for Some CT Students

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


Students in five 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.

Linda C December 04, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Longer Hours? Not to be used for curriculum, but for eating breakfast, exercise, dancing and beginning the day with positive energy! Sounds awesome - Except how will any of those activities increase tests scores? Do you really think an extra 300 hours a year will get our children on par with China's education system or Japan's? Not even close! Are the teachers Donating their time? Who will be paying for the extra cost of the buildings being open, electricity, heat, etc? Why don't we call it what it truly is - FREE DAYCARE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER!!


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