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Quebec school bans homework

Students at one Quebec school can expect to have a little more free time on their hands this year.

An elementary school in the province's Saguenay region has decided to ban homework in all classes from Grade 1 to Grade 6.

Some 339 students at College de Saint-Ambroise will take part in the one-year pilot project.

Spokeswoman Marie-Eve Desrosiers says the Jonquiere School Board wants to see whether the ban will help improve scholastic outcomes.

She says teachers will still be allowed to assign studying and reading work.

The school won't be the first to try such an experiment — a school in Barrie, Ont. introduced a similar ban in 2008.

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