ERIC Number: EJ863923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Putting the Brakes on "Summer Slide"
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n4 p17-22 Dec 2009
This spring, officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, like those in localities across the country during these economic hard times, were in a fiscal bind and looking for any way to close a projected $650 million budget shortfall. School officials began looking seriously at slashing one line item: the nearly $3 million the county spends to fund a longer school year, called a modified school calendar, at seven elementary schools. Modified calendars cost more than traditional calendars because teachers must be paid for teaching intersession classes. The bus drivers, administrators, and cafeteria and maintenance workers who keep the school running for five or six additional weeks each year must also be paid. However, modified calendars are well worth the cost. This article discusses how modified school calendars build in time to enrich learning and sustain gains.
Descriptors: School Schedules, Extended School Year, Elementary Schools, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educational History, Goal Orientation, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia