“School All Year Long?”
Your friend has invited you to go to the beach but you’re stuck in your hot classroom watching the clock tick. Why does he get to cool off and play in the sun while you have to listen and take notes on your teacher’s lesson? It’s because he goes to a traditional school and you go to a year round one. The difference between your school and his is that he gets a long, relaxable summer break and shorter breaks during the school year, while you get more evenly distributed breaks through out the school year. You want to be playing in the sun, you want a break with no homework… Maybe you’ll ask your parents to switch you to a traditional school!
More and more schools every year are switching to a year round calendar. Education officials are saying this calendar save money for overcrowded districts. According to, “School All Year?” by teenbiz3000, “Many year-round schools place students on a "multi-track" system, in which some students are on break while others are in class, a method that allows schools to accommodate more students in the same space, saving districts from having to build new schools when enrollment climbs.” This means that the year round calendar might help overcrowded schools because of their “multi-track system” which can have a “track,” or group of students in session, while the others are on break. If the school can enroll more students because of the multiple tracks, there might not be a need to build new schools because of the crowding. However, there might be more expenses that just cancel out the money a district can save. Because the students are in school more during the summer, there might be more air conditioning needs, and extra transportation because the buses wouldn’t be on a regular schedule. In the article, opponents to the idea of a year round calendar state that year round schools may have, “… higher operating costs, extra transportation costs, higher air-conditioning bills, and other expenses.” There...
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