Friday, September 30, 2005

Learning only allowed after Labor Day

Michigan approved a statewide post-Labor Day school start date. There's a similar movement here in Texas. I found the story via the National School Board Association's blog. The NSBA opposes the move on many grounds, namely that local control is eroded and a poor message is sent to students that tourism is more important than education.

I hate to say it -- because I love summer vacation as much as the next teacher -- but we'll really know that policymakers are serious about education when they mandate, and provide money for, a year round school calendar. Sorry, summer camps, but can you imagine what 25% more class time could do for student learning?

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