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 Tennessee.

Sean M December 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The problem is not length of school time, it is the government run schools in the first place. You have school systems predominantly run by Superintendents who have formal education but limited if any real world experience. Then you have teacher's union bosses making multi-six figures off the backs of the teachers and their job is to keep Democrats in office. As we saw in Wisconsin, when government workers do not have to join a union, most do not The government run schools are a complete disaster in teaching kids the skills they need to succeed in the real world. The solution is to give the $ to the parents and have schools compete. This will take a huge cash cow from Democrats and union bosses, which will of course not be allowed.


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