New York is one of five states set to announce Monday they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013.
New York is joined by Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Tennessee. The initiative is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.
A mix of federal, state and district funds will cover the costs.