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SCHOOLS: Students need more, not fewer, days in school

Letter by Amy Newman, Lakewood on Jan. 31, 2011 at 11:13 am | 12 Comments »
January 31, 2011 1:22 pm

Re: “Districts, lawmakers float idea of fewer school days” (TNT, 1-30).

I am a parent of a child in one of our local school districts, and I am more than heartsick at the thought of fewer school days.

They are already only going the minimum days and hours as it is. Children in many other countries are going longer days and hours than we are, and their test scores show the benefit. For a state that has poor test scores, we would be foolish to shorten the school year.

Why don’t we take fewer half-days off of school, and why don’t we take fewer four-day holiday weekends. And really, 16 days off for winter break?

Why don’t we lessen the number of administration staff in all of our school districts? Why don’t we have our administrators – all of them – take a 3 percent to 5 percent pay cut if they are making over $90,000 a year?

Rep. Kathy Haigh and the others obviously don’t have children in the schools any longer and don’t seem to care that our kids can’t pass state tests. Fewer school days still equals less education

Lengthen the school day and year, we may be surprised to see our test scores go up and our kids graduate with the ability to take care of themselves.

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