Struggling learners can get additional help and other students have more time for arts, music and enrichment at the increasing number of schools nationwide that are lengthening the school day or year, proponents say. "Our aspirations for both children and schools have increased dramatically, and we're still working out of the old, very limited box," said Paul Reville, Massachusetts Board of Education chairman, and co-chairman of a Boston-based organization formed to promote longer school days. "We're not getting all students to high standards. It seems to us, the way to do that is make more time available."

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