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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 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.

Len Destin December 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Oh, to be young again -- this sounds like a pretty good deal as long as you don't have to exercise right after breakfast. Will there be bacon? ;-) "Students begin their day at 7:30 a.m. with a free breakfast and an exercise program and then engage in a science, math, or literacy activity for 40 minutes — all before the usual start of the day at about 9 a.m"
Paul Alexander December 04, 2012 at 12:29 PM
As state sponsored secondary school policies, curriculum and schedules become more bizzaro, more parents will choose alternatives to the failing traditional secondary school model. Like all entrenched government protected monopolies, the public school Educrats and Unions will fight the trend change. They will lose. Secondary education is becoming more decentralized. Home school and online options will kill the traditional “institutional” model. It’s about time.
Paul Alexander December 04, 2012 at 12:42 PM
...and as the most effective secondary school teachers, especially those with an entrepreneurial streak in them, see the trend changing THEY will be amongst the first to bail on the traditional system as they take advantage of the tremendous BUSINESS and compensation opportunities in the new world of decentralized secondary education. The overall quality of teachers in the "traditional" secondary schools will then decline...more parents will yank their kids as a result...it will create a rapid downward spiral in the quality of traditional public secondary education...and the beast that the unions created over the past 50 years will finally die. You kid's children will laugh when you tell them how you were educated/indoctrinated.

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