HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top education official in Connecticut’s capitol city said a longer school day would greatly benefit Hartford students.

Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski said a recent review found that the city’s school day, at six hours and 45 minutes, was the shortest in the region.

He said more time for teaching could help close the student achievement gap between Hartford students and their suburban neighbors.

Adamowski made his comments during his annual state of the schools address.

Hartford school officials and employee unions would have to agree to the changes. Some union contracts are up for re-negotiation soon, but Adamowski didn’t say if longer school days was expected to be a bargaining issue.

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