Should students be in school longer? Five states to add learning time for some schools

Earlier this week, five states announced that they’ll add 300 hours of learning time for some schools starting next year, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The states participating in the effort are Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee. Called the TIME Collaborative, the effort is funded by state and federal funding, as well as the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time and Learning.

“The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools — especially those that serve low-income communities,” the AP story says.

Schools will decide whether to lengthen the day, the year, or both.

Do you think the school year or day should be extended? Take my poll, and tell me why in the comments.

  • No, they are in school enough
  • Yes, the school day should be longer
  • Yes, the school year should be longer

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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