The AJC reported that Cobb cleared its principals of allegations they pressured teachers into endorsing the new balanced calendar.
Still, some parents remain concerned about the move to a balanced calendar and its ramifications. Along with the slight shrinkage of summer, they don’t like the week-long breaks in September and February, on top of vacation weeks for holidays and spring break. Other parents like the flexibility of off-season vacations.
A parent from another metro district moving to a “balanced calendar” sent me this piece of research and a brief summation at the end. He looked up the school calendars for the 10 high schools that made Newsweek’s annual best high schools list. (Please note that he only shows eight systems as the Duval and Dallas school systems each had two high schools in the top 10 list.)
What Newsweek’s Top 10 high schools and their systems do:
Basis Charter, AZ: Aug 10 – May 21, Break days 26, 1×2wk, others 1-3 days
Dallas ISD, TX: Aug 24 – June 3, Break days 30, 1×2wk, 2×1wk, others 1-2 days
Palm Beach Cty, FL: Aug 18 – June 3, Break days 28, 1×2wk, 1×1wk, others 1-3 days
Duval County, FL: Aug 24 – June 11, Break days 25, 1×2k, 1×1wk, others 1-3 days
UCSD, CA: Aug 24 – July 1, Break 26 days, 1×2wk, 2×1wk, others 1-2 days
Charleston Cty, SC: Aug 18 – June 3, Break days 28, 1×2wk, 1×1wk, others 1-3 days
AUHSD, CA: Aug 31 – June 16th, Break days 28, 1×2wk, 2×1wk, others 1 day
BSD, WA: Aug 31 – June 17th, Break days 30, 1×2wk, 2×1wk, others 1-2 days
In summary… all the top national performing school districts (according to Newsweek) do not have a balanced Calendar. They all have a 2 week winter break and one or two 1 week breaks. They all have teacher work days distributed fairly evenly throughout the calendars.