(WBIR-Knoxville) Students and teachers at two Knox County schools could have longer school days next year.
According to the Associated Press, districts in four states already added hours to the day at some schools, and Tennessee is the fifth state to consider the program.
AP reported Metro Nashville and Knox County Schools are the two districts in state that would be affected.
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Schools superintendent, was tight-lipped on the topic.
"We are exploring additional instruction time in two of our schools, potentially," said McIntyre. "I think some of the, some of the releases this morning made it sound like it was more comprehensive and more of a commitment. But really it's we're exploring additional instructional time in two of our schools, Green Academy and of course Whittle Springs Middle School."
The Associated Press reported in many cases, the schools added either 45 or 100 minutes to the day due to the lack of time during a regular school day for things like foreign languages, fitness, and studying world culture. About 300 hours for the entire school year appeared to be the average addition.
McIntyre did not comment on why Green Academy and Whittle Springs Middle School were chosen, or the amount of hours KCS is considering adding.
"It's been a conversation that we've begun, but really it's at a very preliminary stage and we're really only looking at two schools at this time," said McIntyre.
Administrators at schools that have already added hours told the Associated Press attendance rates and test scores improved.
As for funding, reports show the added hours would come from a mix of district, state, and federal funds.