Some teachers and parents in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina are asking the school board to reverse a schedule change made in 2011 that extended the school day for elementary-school students by 45 minutes. The change, in which the school day now ends at 4:15 p.m., was made to cut transportation costs, but teachers and parents say it has eliminated time for planning, after-school tutoring, family time and has caused other problems. The school superintendent, however, says reversing the change would be costly.

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