Some Wichita Students Could Face A Longer School Day Or Year

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Some Wichita public school students could face a longer academic day or year in the future.

"We know that more time of dedicated, focused instruction does make a difference," said Dr. Denise Seguine, Chief Academic Officer for Wichita Public Schools.

As part of the state's waiver from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, the Kansas Department of Education identified 33 of the lowest-performing Title 1 schools. Thirteen of those schools were in Wichita.

Seguine said specific federal funding will be available for those schools to make sure students get what they need for learning.

Lengthening the school day or year is one of the many options the district is considering.

"This gives us an opportunity in these schools to do even more, to go even deeper, to make sure that those teachers maybe have more training or the kids have more targeted instruction," said Seguine.

No decisions have been made at this time.

Seguine said the district will continue these preliminary discussions.

The 13 schools include seven middle schools (Curtis, Hamilton, Jardine, Marshall, Mead, Pleasant Valley, and Truesdell) and six elementary or K-8 schools (Anderson, Cloud, Mueller, Spaght, Stanley, and Gordon Parks Academy).

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