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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.

Rob Gianazza December 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
At what cost to the local communities and the rest of the state's residents? Has Mr. Malloy ever read a bargaining unit contract for education? The unions will go to arbitration over minutes. This is not just teachers, it also includes para-professionals, custodians, nurses, secretaries and yes, even administrators. What will be the repercussions on transportation contracts? What about lost revenues for daycare and after school care facilities? Don't get me wrong, expanding the educational opportunities for our students will be a great achievement, but at what cost? Just another example of not thinking it all the way through. An idea is only good if you can practically implement it. Go back, figure out the logistics, and then re-propose it.

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