- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A longer school day is ahead for students attending classes in the Omaha Public Schools district.

On Monday night the school board approved a proposal that would lengthen school days by 20 or 25 minutes for all students.

Elementary students will start their classes 15 minutes earlier next school year, at 8:50 a.m., and their last classes will end at 4:05 p.m., 10 minutes later.

Middle schools and high schools will run the same schedule: 7:40 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Twenty-five minutes were added for middle school students, and 20 minutes were added for high school students.

Backers of the proposal say students need more time with teachers. Opponents complained about the speed with which the initiative was rolled out and said there wasn’t enough community support.

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