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SCHOOLS: What about lost educational days?

Letter by Kimberly Yee, Edgewood on Jan. 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm | 11 Comments »
January 30, 2012 2:23 pm

Re: “Schools may avoid snow makeup days” (TNT, 1-30).

When the weather is so extreme that our local school districts see the need to close schools to protect our children and the people who work with them, are these people been paid for the “day off”?

When the missed day or days off school need to be made up, are the makeup days costing the districts more money? Are the districts asking for a shorter school year because of money or because they just do not want to potentially shorten their summer vacation?

What was never addressed in the article was what about the lost educational days? Our state mandates that our minimum school year of instruction is 180 days.

We already cheat our students by counting a half day or a late start as a full day. Should we not be worried about the missed education time our teachers have with these students?

We wonder why our students are not making the grade and our test scores are low. We are turning out undereducated students. We have lost our educational emphasis and instead care more about longer summer vacations, more long weekends and more “instructional” or “planning” days.

How about if we start caring more about actually teaching something than planning our summer vacations?

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