Lowest-performing Fla. elementary schools must add time to school day

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must extend their day by an hour when school starts next month, a plan some say will boost reading skills but others fear will leave young students sapped and overworked.

The 33 schools — on campuses from Leesburg to Orlando to Sanford — landed on the state's list of lowest-performing elementary schools because so many of their students did poorly on Florida's reading tests this spring.

Now they must provide an extra hour of daily reading instruction for the 2014-15 school year, tacking it on to a typical six-hour school day.

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