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A group of public schools in the cleveland area discovered a way to lengthen the school day, increase student learning, engage communities and not break a union contract: they partnered with quality community orgs with experience in mentorship and tutoring to give students extra learning and skill building time while teachers were able to use the time for professional development. The tutoring gave kids the chance to build on what they learned in class and also create mentoring relationships that would support them in the school year. The community nonprofits were an engagement link to local neighborhoods -- and, again, the integrity of the union contract was preserved. A win/win/win.
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