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Another pitch for a longer school day



Simmons The state lawmaker who offered one of the most memorable quotes during last spring's legislative session wants Gov. Charlie Crist to make longer school days a priority, the Orlando Sentinel's School Zone blog is reporting.

Rep. David Simmons, R-Maitland, is pointing to a pilot project he backed to give four Central Florida schools an hour more each day. All four showed academic gains this year. And one of them moved from an F to an A. See his letter to education commissioner Eric J. Smith here.

Simmons said the state should consider expanding the program to all D and F schools. The projected cost: $32.7-million.

The School Zone reports that Smith is interested in expanding the pilot, too, if lawmakers dig it and funding is available. See the letter written on his behalf by DOE administrative services director Martha Asbury here.

For background about the longer-school-day issue, read this St. Petersburg Times story.

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:58am]


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