BROWARD (CBSMiami) – An extra hour of school may sound like a nightmare to some students—and just that may be happening soon for some Broward County kids at the start of next year.
A total of 32 Broward elementary schools—mostly in the east, from Hollywood to Pompano Beach, and all but two run by the district—the Sun Sentinel reports are on Florida’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementaries.
The state law requires schools add an hour of reading instruction—as the scores, for the schools mentioned, are only based on FCAT reading results, the paper reports.
Students, however, who earned the highest possible score on the FCAT are exempt.
Whether the hour will be added to the school day’s morning or afternoon remains a question.
“Honestly, we can’t afford the number of buses we would need to put on the road at that time in the afternoon,” Mark Strauss, director of school performance and accountability told the Sentinel.
Some parents told the paper they are concerned about how the added time will affect the child’s free time as well as family time.
The list of Broward elementary schools that will add an 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
Somerset Academy Hollywood
“The Sun Sentinel Contributed To This Report”