NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new strategy on Monday to turn around New York City’s most challenged schools.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, 94 of the city’s struggling schools will be getting the Community School makeover under the School Renewal Program. Each school will now be turned into a resource center for families, remaining open beyond the full school day.

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Mayor de Blasio also said the school day itself will be longer by an hour.

He said he knows not all kids will love that, “But there’s no better way to get students on the right track, to help them overcome the challenges than putting them in the classroom with a capable teacher longer each day.”

“This is the difference maker,” the mayor added. “And in these 94 schools it will become the reality.”

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The transformed Community Schools will offer students and families additional resources such as guidance counselors, social workers, and small group instruction. They could also offer additional after school, weekend, and summer learning options.

The city is committing a total of $150 million to the new program, and will be looking to Albany to help keep it going, Rincon reported.

The de Blasio administration said the schools will be monitored closely for progress and those that do not meet goals for each school year could face leadership and faculty changes and possibly reorganization.

Of the schools chosen for the program, 43 are in the Bronx, 27 are located in Brooklyn, 12 in Manhattan and another 12 are in Queens.

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