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St. Louis School District may lengthen day for some students

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

If the Superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools has his way, the school day would be lengthened at some of the district's struggling schools.

SLPS Superintendent Kelvin Adams said improving the 27 low test scoring schools in the district will require more than strategies undertaken by teachers. He said it will require extra hours in the classroom every day. Adams and the SLPS School Board do not have the power to expand school hours under Missouri law, which says students can be in class for no more than seven hours a day.

SLPS is asking the state for flexibility in the way school days and years are structured. Adams made the request at a meeting of the Missouri Board of Education. If more flexibility is granted, low performing schools in the St. Louis area could have 8-10 hour days.

The Vice President of the Missouri State Board of Education said a larger conversation has been stated about whether blanket policies should be applied to all schools across the state. No formal proposals about school hours have been made, any changes would have to be approved by the Missouri Legislature.

Nobody from Adams' office was available to speak to News 4 about this story.

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