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Select Nashville Schools to Add 300 Hours to Calendar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thousands of  students at Nashville schools will see hundreds of more hours in the classroom starting next year.

Four public schools in Tennessee will significantly expand and redesign their calendars starting in 2014 by adding 300 hours in an effort to radically improve learning for 2,700 Tennessee students. They will join 9,000 students at 1,500 schools nationwide in the effort.

Metro Nashville schools included in the initiative for implementation in the next school year are, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, I.T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School, Napier Elementary Enhanced Option School and Jere Baxter Middle School. The move to expand learning time at these Tennessee schools is part of a broader movement towards school innovation and improvement across the state. Newly released NAEP scores show Tennessee is making significant progress.

The TIME Collaborative schools are a five-state initiative including, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, as well as Tennessee, where select high-poverty schools are developing expanded learning time models to accelerate student achievement and offer students a broader educational experience. Participating states in the collaborative are using a mix of federal, state and district funding to cover the cost of adding hours.

Nineteen schools nationwide are implementing an expanded calendar in the 2013-2014 school year. Not every school that participated in the planning process is ready to implement the the expanded-time schedule. More than 30 new schools are beginning to plan for expanded time in the 2014-2015 school year.

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