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.

steven December 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yes "g", people like you always forget that private schools weed out students by having them take entrance exams- especially at the high school level. Public schools don't have this advantage; public schools take all students, even all the special needs students that need all types of help and are placed in mainstream classrooms due to a federal law introduced in the 70s. Also, very poor students in towns like Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and New London do so poorly because they are poor into unstable socio-economic situations which impact them far more than being in a school 6 hours a day for 180 days a year. The overwhelming majority of public schools in Connecticut have results that are equal to or better than those of Connecticut's Catholic or private schools. Let's see how well Catholic and private schools would do if they were dealt the same card as the public schools.


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