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Should New York Have Longer School Years? [POLL]

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Is increasing the length of the school year a good idea?  One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  ideas is extending the length of school days, and/or school years.

If schools move ahead with the governor’s idea of increasing learning time by 25 percent, your child could spend approximately 225 days in school instead of the current 180.

Cuomo’s proposal is based on a similar program Massachusetts started in 2006.  Adding 300 instructional hours to the school year has helped students improve their math scores by 20 percent, reading scores by 8 percent and science scores by 9 percent.

I think extending the school day and making them longer is a mistake.  Kids barely have enough time as it is with activities and working.  Not sure how opposed I’d be on a longer year in general.

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