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2 Oakland, Calif., schools extend school day to 9 hours

from San Francisco Chronicle

School became a full-time job for sixth-graders at two Oakland middle schools where students clocked in on the first day of school at 8 a.m. and headed home at 5 p.m., about three hours later than other students in the district. The new nine-hour school day might sound like an adolescent nightmare, but district officials hope that more time in class will help boost the test scores of students at United for Success Academy and Elmhurst Community Preparatory School, both considered by the state to be among the 188 worst schools in California. more

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