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This is quite a contrast. While SP was bragging on the fact that GOP Tea-baggers in Washington State had cut funding for K-12 education. The economically-depressed City of Hartford is taking steps to better educate their young by lengthening the school year.

Literacy specialists and kindergartners inside Betances Early Reading Lab School worked until the 2:45 p.m. dismissal on a recent Friday afternoon. Students at the neighborhood school on Charter Oak Avenue began the day at 7:45 a.m. No naps.

Superintendent Christina Kishimoto believes they need even more time.

Starting this summer, Kishimoto wants all children entering kindergarten at the city's lowest-performing schools to have an 11-month school year. That means the tearful first day of class would be July 30.

The kindergartners would remain in school through Aug. 17, and then return for the districtwide 2012-13 opening day on Aug. 28, according to plans recently outlined to the city school board.


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