ERIC Number: ED324820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
YRE--Will It Fly? Pros and Cons/Advantages and Disadvantages of YRE As Identified by a Variety of School Districts.
Oxnard School District, CA.
Year-round education, a widely misunderstood concept, offers both financial and educational advantages to school districts. Not only does a year-round education schedule allow a school to educate 20 to 50 percent more students in the same amount of space, it reduces the amount of time spent in review by offering continuous learning with more frequent--but shorter--vacation periods. Nearly all school districts with year-round programs report less vandalism, fewer discipline referrals, and decreased absenteeism as a direct result of continuous education. While many people favor the year-round school concept to make the school system more efficient, however, opponents argue that the existing American school system is in need of reform and that adding two or three months of the same kind of education will not foster improvements. Additionally, opponents argue that traditional social patterns and family activities would be disrupted by a year-round educational schedule. Some suggestions for school districts considering a year-round program include: (1) forming a study committee that is representative of the school parent group(s) and staff; (2) scheduling daytime and evening meetings to accommodate different work/family schedules; and (3) having a balanced panel for meetings to present both the pros and cons of continuous education. (KM)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Needs, Flexible Scheduling, Participative Decision Making, Retention (Psychology), Scheduling, School Community Relationship, School Organization, School Schedules, School Support, Summer Schools, Supplementary Education, Time Factors (Learning), Year Round Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oxnard School District, CA.
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