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Kids in Select States Get Longer School Days

Thousands of students in several states may be spending more time in the classroom.

Thousands of students in five states may have longer school days as part of the TIME Collaborative to extend school schedules.

A group of more than 9,000 students in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York are already spending an extra 300 hours in the classroom per year.

More schools in those states, in addition to new districts in Tennessee, announced Wednesday their plans to participate in the program.

The TIME Collaborative, or Time for Innovation Matters in Education, is aimed at expanding the average school day in the U.S., which is currently 6.7 hours.

The extra 300 hours a year will be used for activities including learning technologies, studying world cultures, healthy living, foreign language, fitness and scrapbooking.

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