Year-round school?

The longer summer vacation goes on, the more I think it’s time to extend the school year. It would improve their academics, ease the burden on working families and keep the kids out of trouble. They’re not needed on the farm anymore. It’s time to keep them in the classroom longer.

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6 responses to “Year-round school?

  1. M H C

    Summer vacation is needed for family time/vacations and to more round-out the development of the children through summer camps and day trips which aren’t easily done during the rigid school year.

  2. That’s true, but taking off, say, August, would provide enough time for most kids and families. Students could stay in school until then, though I suppose we’d wind up paying for a lot of air conditioning as well as higher salaries for the extra work. Ah, forget it.

  3. Alex P. Keaton

    So then I would presume that you are also for increasing teachers salaries that additional 25% that would require them teaching your children that additional 25% of the year. Speak about earmarking the additional revenue that Blue Back brings in.

  4. Concerned student (lol)

    This is a ludicrous idea for many reasons. Among them is the fact that its hot in the summer, therefore the huge school system would need air conditioning which would cost a fortune for the little extra learning that would occur. If anything give them more time off maybe not during the summer but bigger breaks in the winter and spring so students can relax and get a break from hectic school schedules that stress students out.

  5. I’d started thinking that we didn’t really need school in the summer, then I read Concerned student (lol)’s comment and, well, I’m veering back to my original position.

    Note to other students who want to convince me and others that summer should be free from school: Do not write “its hot in the summer.” I’ll make the assumption you know why. And use commas where you should, because I like commas.

  6. Who is footing the bill for year-round schools? Has President Obama considered the financial impact such a reform would have on already over-burdened schools? Many schools, like the elementary schools in my district, do not have air conditioning. Physically, there is no way that students could work in these classrooms during the hot summer months. Who would pay for the costly installation of air conditioning units in these schools and the additional revenue involved in keeping schools functioning throughout the summer?

    Does Obama think teachers and support staff would be willing to donate their time working both extended hours and an extended calendar year or that their unions would allow that? Who will pay for the increased salaries for teachers and support staff?

    This is so typical of educational reform. Policies are changed before financial feasibility is considered. Is the government going to allocate additional money to schools to cover all of these costs? Or will they expect school districts who are operating on already tight and sometimes overdrawn budgets to miraculously do so? We can barely pass renewal levies in this limping economy. Will Washington really expect us to ask our financially-challenged communities to support additional school taxes?

    Before this goes any further, educational reformers need to look, not just at what they see as benefits to year-round school, but at the financial feasibility of such a plan in our current economic situation.

    So, I ask again: President Obama, who is footing the bill for year-round school?

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