Tennessee schools apply for initiative, which would add 300 hours of learning time

Associated Press • Dec 3, 2012 at 5:49 AM

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee is among five states that plan to add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013.

Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York were the other states announcing Monday that they will take part in the three-year pilot program, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.

Forty schools overall are expected to participate.

Tennessee Education Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier said there isn't a list yet of which Tennessee schools have applied, but she said five Nashville schools have applied as have five from the Achievement School District, which runs low-performing schools.

Achievement School District chief of staff Elliot Smalley said most of the five will likely come from Memphis, where many of its schools are located.

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