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Longer school days in store for some in 5 states

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SUSAN HAIGH | November 13, 2013 12:02 AM EST | AP


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of students in five states will be spending more time at school.

But instead of spending more time on typical course work, many will use the extra 300 hours a year for things that usually don't fit in a regular school day, such as using personalized software or learning about world cultures, healthy living and even scrapbooking.

More than 9,000 students are attending high-poverty schools in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York that have developed expanded school schedules as part of the TIME Collaborative. Some are already using the extra time for instruction and enrichment.

A second group of schools in those same states and Tennessee, being announced on Wednesday, are in the process of redesigning their schedules for the 2014-15 year. Those schools serve about 13,000 students.