Some parents at underachieving schools believe the school board's decision to give students more education time will help those who struggle — and could benefit their own children.
The school board voted Tuesday to extend the school day, and year for students reading two or more grade levels below their own to help bring them up to grade-level proficiency.
"I actually think it's a really good idea because I think the more help they can get the better," said Romelia Bellah, whose sixth-grade daughter attends Pomona Elementary School.
The board approved principals' requests to add up to two hours to the school day and extend the school year by adding a four-hour a day, 20-day summer camp for students in grades 4-10 at Estancia and Costa Mesa high schools.
The board is putting $1.1 million into Program Improvement schools for curriculum replacement and staff development in addition to the extended school day and year.