Students in five states throughout the U.S. -- including Connecticut -- will have longer school days in 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 the 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 Tennesse.