- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Caddo Parish School Board has voted to extend the school day by 25 minutes.

The Shreveport Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TPGdNL ) the vote for the new policy passed unanimously Tuesday. The changes include starting school 10 minutes earlier and ending school 15 minutes later. The change will affect Caddo’s K-12 students in the 2016-17 school year.

According to the board, the extension was adopted to give students a longer academic period and provide more instructional time in classrooms for teachers.

Caddo superintendent Lamar Goree says the time will be extended but the school district is reducing the number of school days overall.

Caddo Parish schools Chief Academic Officer Keith Burton says the move does not include additional course work or homework.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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