Duval parents want details on longer school day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parents at Holiday Hill Elementary want more details on a plan that extends the school day by one hour.

Duval County Schools will extend the school day or create time in the day to follow the state's directive that 300 lower performing school dedicate more time for reading. Locally that means 50 schools will be doing business differently starting next month when the new school year starts.

"We don't think its money well spent at our school," said Gregg Keefer who along with other parents are concerned about the change in the school day.

Signs are now up in the Glynlea community advertising a meeting that will happened at the elementary school on Tuesday, July 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The district estimates it will cost between $8-10 million to implement extra time in the classroom for reading. Last year in Duval County a dozen school extended their day to comply with the state requirement. The district says in 67 percent of those schools reading proficiency improved.

Keefer says parents are concerned not only about the costs, but also how it impacts families.

"We looked at the research and we do not see a return on investment for the sacrifice asking of our parents and our teachers and everybody," said the active father of a first grader.


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