Schools in 5 states test longer school years

01/13/2013 | National Public Radio

Supporter of longer school years, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and year-round school models say most students tend to lose some of what they have learned during the school year over summer vacation. Now, schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee are adding 300 instructional hours to the school year as part of a three-year pilot program. However, critics say students need the mental reprieve of summer break and cite other benefits to the vacation.

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