Students in Manatee Co. in for longer school day

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MANATEE CO., FL - Students at five of the lowest performing schools are in for a longer school day.

The state department of education is mandating that students at Samoset, Oneco, Orange Bullock, Palmetto and Daughtry elementary schools, stay an extra hour every day for reading class.

Students with a reading score of 5 or more will be exempt from taking the extra session.

So will they have to stay and study something else or will they be released earlier than their lower scoring peers? Will this make any difference in the grades?  Is this fair to parents and students?

Those questions are being raised, and ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates is asking them today.