1:20 pm July 9, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Georgia’s public schools will be able to keep students in class longer each day in exchange for a shorter school year.
The State Board of Education is considering new rules that frees schools from offering a traditional 180-day school year, provided students still get the same amount of class time. Basically students would attend school for a longer period of time each day to make up for a shorter school year.
The rule changes come through a HB 193 the Legislature approved this year.
The Murray County School System in Chatsworth plans to switch to a 160-school year. Students will be in school for one hour longer each day, but they won’t return to class until after Labor Day.
I know many of you have wished students didn’t return to school until after Labor Day. Would you want your district to follow a calendar like the one in Murray County?
What if schools instead made each day longer so that the school week only lasted four days? That may cut back on some transportation and utility costs, but imagine the problems it may cause for working families.
What do you think of flex schedules for schools?
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