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Exploring longer school day
Kudos to Berkshire Trail Elementary school in Cummington for exploring the possibility of a longer day with a $7,000 grant from the state Department of Education and assistance from Massachusetts 20/20. A longer school day would enable teachers and students to keep up with the increasing demands put upon them, largely because of MCAS. The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter School in North Adams is the only public school in the Berkshires to add time to the school day, which is a major recruitment tool, and as Berkshire Trail Principal Laura Dumouchel observes, a longer day could similarly help the small school attract students from elsewhere in Western Massachusetts.
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