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McCormack, Irving middle schools to expand school day

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 2, 2012 08:37 AM

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The school day for Dorchester’s McCormack Middle School and Irving Middle School in Roslindale will be extended next school year.

Funded by a federal grant the schools will model themselves after the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown.

“These are two schools that families may not hear a lot about, but make no mistake they are schools on the move,” Mayor Thomas Menino said in a statement. “Not too long ago people may have written off a school like the Edwards, but now it is a jewel in our city. I expect that in the near future we’ll see the same great results from the Irving and the McCormack.”

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will be managed by BPS and Mass 2020, a state affiliate of the National Center on Time and Learning.

BPS along with Mass 2020 will work with teachers, parents and school leaders to create the new schedule that will go into effect in the next school year.

“We know that simply expanding the school day won’t necessarily lead to better results,” said BPS Superintendent Carol R. Johnson in a statement. “Having partners like Mass 2020 at our side as we recreate these school schedules and expand the academic and enrichment opportunities for these students will ensure that we are able to surpass all of our own expectations.”

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