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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should Florida extend the day in all elementary schools by an hour?
State lawmakers are asking Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill they say will help some of Florida's low-performing schools.
It would require students at about 200 additional schools to attend an extra hour of reading each day.
The state has earmarked 75-million dollars for the program next year.
During the last 2 school years, students at 100 schools with low FCAT reading scores had to extend their day by an hour.
Eight schools in Escambia County are now in that group.
More may be added to the list this year.
It costs the district about 400-thousand dollars per school.
Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says some of the students who've had the extra hour of reading have shown a double digit increase in their test scores.
And Wayne Blanton, who heads the state School Board Association, says his group has long sought to have the school day lengthened for all elementary schools.
Should Florida extend the day in all elementary schools by an hour?
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