CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Charleston County is working to improve the academic performance in four schools by keeping teachers in school longer.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that teachers in four poor performing schools will be asked to work about a month longer next academic year.

Superintendent Nancy McGinley says the teachers will use the extra time to work on improving their instruction and focus on working as a team. The teachers will get between $3,500 and $5,000 for putting in the extra time.

The teachers would return to schools about two weeks early and then attend 10 mandatory training sessions through the year.

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