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This just in: Your school year is about to get longer

 
So you’re thrilled to pieces when the final bell rings at 3 p.m., right? Well, don’t through your papers in the air and starting shouting about freedom just yet. Five states announced today that they are going to add at least 300 hours to the school year starting in 2013.

 

Don’t freak—right now, this is just a pilot program in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee that will affect about 20,000 students in 40 schools, the Huffington Post reports. 

 

Officials have yet to decide if increasing the hours spent in class per day or the number of days spent in school per year are the right choices (and such decisions will likely be made on school-by-school and district-by-district basis).

 

Why, oh, why, you ask? Officials say that extending the hours kids spend in class will allow for a more well-rounded education that includes the arts, and will help stop kids from falling behind in critical areas like math, science and reading.

 

What do you think about increasing the school day or lengthening the school year?

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/4/2012 11:35:00 AM

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