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Extending the school year

  • 10-04-2010
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Editorial/Los Angeles Times

Strapped for cash, many schools across the country — including those in Los Angeles — have trimmed five to 10 days off the traditional 180-day academic year. This provides an incongruous backdrop to President Obama's call last week for lengthening the school year by about a month. Added instructional time benefits learning, though there is disagreement on how much. Obama's rationale was that several countries that outstrip the United States in academic achievement often have school years of 195 days or a little more. But schools in those countries do many things differently. Is it the extra 15 days of instruction that make the biggest difference, or other factors — better use of classroom time, more refined teaching techniques, more involved parents and disciplined students? (more…)

Also: Schools Matter, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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