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Students in ten school districts in five states including New York will go to school longer next year.

Thirty-five schools that enroll about 17,500 students will extend the school year in an effort to help struggling students catch up on standardized tests. Forty more schools with enrollments of about 20,000 students will extend classroom and after-school instruction during the next three years. 

The program begins with the 2013-14 school year in New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.

“I would say that at this time the Batavia City School District is not considering lengthening the school day," Superintendent Margaret Puzio said today. "However, it sounds like something that might come in the future in the form of some kind of incentive program, whereas the State may offer a grant of some sort to the District to either lengthen the school day or add more days to the school year, or both, then of course we would look at it.”

Puzio pointed out that she just heard about the announcement this morning, but said a program like this would “be in the best interests of the students in improving student achievement.”

The Rochester City School District is on-board.

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