Connecticut is one of five states getting funds to extend instructional time-- by as much as 300 hours a year-- in seven Connecticut schools in the cities of Meriden, New London, and East Hartford.
But does a longer school day really mean better prepared students?
The National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education says that children in the U.S. already have more instructional time than European countries that outperform us--such as Finland, Japan, and South Korea.
Meanwhile advocates at many charter and magnet schools around the country, including 31 in Connecticut, believe that extra hours are one way to close the gap.
Today, we’ll talk about this important issue - along with the changing role of schools in our society - especially after the Sandy Hook shootings.