Longer school days are being considered to boost achievement by struggling students in Cobb County, Georgia.
The practice has been debated throughout the state as some schools embrace the practice, but others feel it is a government overreach. Others are concerned with changes to bus schedules, and after school activities.
The number of poor and disadvantaged students had risen in recent years in Georgia. School districts are feeling pressure to support their students who frequently struggle academically more than their more affluent peers.
The idea behind offering a longer school day is that students will have more time to learn core subjects while adding music, art, and foreign language. Experts believe that these courses make for more well rounded students, and that an extended day allows for more enrichment and remediation.