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In Pinellas, a push for year-round school

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Could summer vacation be a thing of the past in Pinellas County?

There's a push to make kids go to class year round, but school officials say right now they can't force that kind of thing.

However, they say they do want students to have more options, so right now the district is looking at some new summer programs aimed at helping struggling students.

The first program is called "Summer Bridge." It offers six weeks of summer classes for students. So far, 3,000 students have signed up for it.

The other program is called "Promise Time." Starting next year, 28 elementary and middle schools will add an extra 60 to 90 minutes to the school day.

Students will get more instruction in reading, math and science. This will all start in the areas with high-poverty schools with a grade level of "c" or lower.

Costs for each program haven't been nailed down yet. It will depend on how many students are enrolled.

Also, teachers in the "Summer Bridge" program will earn their regular rate of pay. It's not clear yet how teachers will be paid for the "Promise Time" program.

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