Obama Wants More School, Less Vacation

By Natalie Rix
|  Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 12:28 PM PDT
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President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha wait for their lunch order at Nancy's fast food restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard Aug. 26. The First Family is on a week-long vacation on the exclusive island of Martha's Vineyard.

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President Obama wants kids to spend more time in school.

Students in the U.S. need more class time to remain competitive with students around the world, the President said. Obama advocates schools adding time to classes, extending hours into evenings and weekends, and shortening summer vacation.

"Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas, not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, probably not in yours.  But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom," Obama said.  

Some schools that extended their hours have seen positive results. Early results from Massachusetts' expanded learning time initiative, which adds extra time to the school year, show that some students involved in the program do better on state tests than those at regular public schools.

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