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Published: Sunday, Dec. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

It's been many years, but within my memory, since the schools in Utah went from a 172 day school year to a 180 day school year. Perhaps it's now time to consider a longer school year. Most developed countries use a 200 day school year, some 210 days, some 220 days. As a result, students in a country or a state with 180 day school year get 200 fewer days in a 10 year period than students with 200 school days per year. Our students have more than a one-year time disadvantage when they complete 10 years of school at the end of grade 9. K-9 is the 10 year period I'm counting. It's fairly obvious that our students are at least one year behind the rest of the world by the time they do graduate.

To clarify one other concern, days for teacher preparation, end of term/year grading and reporting and other days that teachers are in schools without their students are not counted in the 180 days of school. When career ladder days were funded, they also were not counted in the 180 days.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I think teachers would be excited about a longer school year if increased pay went with it. Hopefully, keeping the same level of pay wouldn't be expected because Utah teachers have been crushed long enough.

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