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.

John Loeser December 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Let's do everything necessary to take every child to the absolute limits of their abilities.
Connecticut15 December 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Will additional classes be added with more teachers or will more time be added to classes? When will the students have time to do their homework - as it is, it is extremely difficult to complete it now. How will this affect how colleges see the students' limited time for all those activities that colleges require of students for their assessment among their competitors through the college application process. Maybe this should be a solution for certain underperforming school systems.
Connecticut15 December 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Right now teacher contracts limit the number of students they may teach. So, how does this policy affect those teachers and the students, the towns/cities and their overall costs. Isn't student accomplishment more about what the student and family put forward in their efforts? Assuming that a learning environment is respectful, earnest and fair, students do not learn without applying themselves during AND after school to their studies. Without that, more class time with the same problems and throwing more money at it are ineffective.


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