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Big push at Northeast Prep 

Beginning in September, students at Northeast College Preparatory High School will have an extended school day, week, and year thanks to an unusual collaboration between leaders in the political, business, teaching, parent, and faith communities. | Students will attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The school year will be extended to 11 months. | College Prep students will also receive their three meals at the school, laptop computers, dental and medical care, and tutoring support. Homework for the next day will be completed at school during the longer hours, along with arts, music, and athletic activities. | The program is seen as a pilot following in the footsteps of some local schools, which credit increased instruction time and early intervention for better student outcomes. | Driving the program is Paul Speranza Jr., vice chairman and general counsel for Wegmans. Speranza has assembled an impressive team to help in the effort, including New York State Regent Wade Norwood and Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance. | But some question Speranza's claim that the program shouldn't cost the district more money.

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