Pilot Program Increases Class Time in Five States

THE NEW 300: A new pilot program by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center on Time and Learning, and the Ford Foundation will add up to 300 more hours in the 2013-2014 school year for 20,000 students in 40 schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee. Proponents hope that the additional school time can be used for one-on-one tutoring and arts programming; opponents say that more time does not mean better time. No word yet on whether the extra hours will be added at the end of the day or if more school days will be added to the year. Student reactions are not surprisingly lackluster. One student interviewed by the Associated Press said of the latter option, "That's a 'no way' for me. (Summer is) for sleepovers, staying up late and sleeping in."

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