Students at schools in Meriden, East Hartford and New London, according to an article in the Meriden Patch, will be in class a little longer in the 2013-14 school year "due to a new pilot program the city is partaking in that is intended to boost student achievement."
A recent article in The Cougar Chronicle, a newspaper published by Haddam-Killingworth High School students, states that "the idea of 300 more hours of school a year is not a very popular one among high school students.
Communities in five states — Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee — are taking part in the program, which will add 300 hours to some school districts in each of those states.
The program is called Time (Time for Innovation Matters in Education). It is a collaborative partnership between the nonprofit Ford Foundation and state and local governments — all of which are funding the program in an effort to improve low-performing schools.
According to The Cougar Chronicle, "many students are already overwhelmed with the amount of school work that comes along with being in high school" and "H-K students have experienced the pressure to be better."