School days will get longer for 2,000 New York City 6th graders next fall as the nation’s largest school system experiments with having students spend more time in class, district officials announced last week.
The plan, which echoes moves to lengthen school days in other districts, will involve students in 20 schools yet to be chosen. Students will get 2½ extra hours a day of reading, tutoring, and other educational activities, run by The After-School Corp., a nonprofit group that works on extending school days in cities.
The city council and private foundations are paying for the extra instruction, as part of a $4.6 million effort to improve middle school reading.
A version of this article appeared in the May 08, 2013 edition of Education Week as N.Y.C. Middle Schools to Try Longer Day