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Longer school days in store for some in Tennessee

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By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

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

Instead of spending the extra 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. That could include using personalized software or learning about world cultures, healthy living or 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 additional time for instruction and enrichment.

A second group of schools in those same states and Tennessee was announced Wednesday. They're all planning a redesign of their schedules for the 2014-15 year, although some schools in the end may not participate. Those schools serve 13,000 students.

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