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In Normandy, Saturday School For Some Students, Teachers : News

Third-grader Tiffani Cruz has been going to bed early on Friday nights because lately, it’s become a school night.

She and other Normandy students are hitting the books on Saturday mornings, spending three hours at school during the weekend to get extra help on math and English language arts. It’s part of a new program for Normandy students this year to increase learning and improve test scores in a district that is ranked at the bottom in the state.

The idea of school on Saturday is part of the plan to help the Normandy Schools Collaborative regain accreditation, the loss of which has led to turbulence during the last three years. The state took over in 2014, and a new superintendent, Charles Pearson, started in May.