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NYC Pilot Program Tutors Students 2.5 Hours After School

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One city hopes a longer school day will help students improve their reading skills.

Education officials in New York City say they've got to do something. Three out of four junior high students don't read at level, and many are two and three years behind.

That's why they're starting this pilot program.

It will be targeting high-need sixth-graders with a two-and-a-half hour tutoring lesson after school.

Experts say middle school is typically where students tend to fall off track.

Teachers can stay the extra hours. But, if they choose not to, the city will bring in outside tutors.

The teachers' union supports the program, but parents' reaction is mixed.

The money to pay for the program is coming from grants. It will start in 20 middle schools and expand to 40.

Fox's Linda Schmidt has more details on the story in the above video report.

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