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Longer days in store for Spokane elementary schools

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School days will be getting a little longer for Spokane Public Schools elementary age students. School days will be getting a little longer for Spokane Public Schools elementary age students.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

School days will be getting a little bit longer for Spokane Public Schools elementary age students.

Right now, elementary school kids are in school for 30 minutes less a day than their counterparts in middle school and high school. Next year the district will be lengthening the instruction time for these students, which will end up adding three weeks of learning time over the course of the school year.

SPS says that extra time will allow teachers to hit new rigorous standards and instructional targets.

Dr. Steven Gehring, Chief Academic Officer for SPS says this will allow them to include more in the curriculum that had been left out due to lack of time.

"We're really planning on enhancing the curriculum with those exciting hands-on things that kids love to learn," says Gehring.

Many parents seem to be in favor of the decision.

Mary Conklin has two students at Wilson Elementary. "I'm for it," says Conklin. "From what I understand, they said they were missing 30 minutes and that adds up over a school year, so to add to it would be great for us. I would encourage it."

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