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Broward schools adding an hour to school day

32 elementary schools will make change next year

Miami Times staff report | 7/31/2014, 9 a.m.

What could only be considered a nightmare for some students has come to reality in Broward County — spending an extra hour in school.

A total of 32 Broward elementary schools will be adding the hour of the school day due to low FCAT performance scores. Whether the hour will be added to the school day’s morning or afternoon is still in question. It was announced on Thursday, July 24, that all but two run by the district are on Florida’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementaries.

The state law is requiring schools to add an hour for reading instruction — as the scores, for the schools mentioned, are only based on FCAT reading results.

There is however, some good news for some. Students who earned the highest possible score on the FCAT are exempt.

Mark Strauss, director of school performance and accountability said that the county, “honestly can’t afford the number of buses we would need to put on the road at that time in the afternoon.”

Some parents are concerned how this will effect their child’s free time as well as family time.

The list of Broward elementary schools that will add the hour are: North Side Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; West Hollywood Elementary, Hollywood; Colbert Elementary, Hollywood; Walker Elementary School, Fort Lauderdale; Oakridge Elementary, Hollywood; Broward estates Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; Watkins Elementary, Pembroke Park; Tedder Elementary, Pompano Beach; Larkdale Elementary, Lauderhill; Westwood Heights Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; Pompano Beach Elementary, Pompano Beach; Lake Forest Elementary, Pembroke Park; Plantation Elementary, Plantation; Lloyd Estates Elementary, Oakland Park; Palmview Elementary, Pompano Beach; North Fork Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; Castle Hill Elementary, Lauderhill; Martin Luther King Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; Fairway Elementary, Miramar; C. Robert Markham Elementary, Pompano Beach; Cypress Elementary, Pompano Beach; Oriole Elementary, Lauderdale Lakes; Royal Palm Elementary, Lauderhill ;Park Ridge Elementary, Pompano Beach; North Lauderdale Elementary, North Lauderdale; Pinewood Elementary, North Lauderdale; Charles Drew Elementary, Pompano Beach; Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; Rock Island Elementary, Fort Lauderdale;Park Lakes Elementary, Lauderdale Lakes; Broward Community Charter School, Coral Springs and Somerset Academy Hollywood.