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Why 5 States Are Introducing Longer School Days

November 19, 2013
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Why 5 States Are Introducing Longer School Days
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Schools in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee are redesigning their 2014-2015 schedules to include an extra 300 hours per year. Those hours will be used to provide students (most in high-poverty areas) with extra instruction and enrichment, like letting students experiment with personalized learning technologies or teaching them about world cultures, healthy living, foreign languages, independent study, and art. “We really did this because we really believe that students can benefit from these enrichment activities and the typical school does not accommodate all of that learning,” said one Connecticut superintendent.

 

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