Schools chief says kids need more class time |

Schools chief says kids need more class time

DENVER, Colorado ” The nation’s schools chief says American schoolchildren need to spend way more time in the classroom.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told hundreds of Denver schoolchildren Tuesday that American school reform must include longer class days.

Duncan says reform proposals coming from the Obama administration will include longer school years, plus Saturday school and longer days.

Duncan says some of the time could be optional, but that American students are falling behind because of the traditional school calendar.

Duncan will visit another Denver school before returning to Washington on Tuesday night.

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