Year-round schools don't work, so districts should abandon the idea

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  • Hervey South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    So much opposition, yet Sen. Howard Stephenson continues to promote his idea to force public secondary schools onto year-round schedules. Why?

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    Having taught in a year round school, I agree with the author. Every place that has gone on year round eventually goes off of it. The public doesn't like it. It doesn't save money. It isn't academically sound. Dump it!

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    The LAST thing I want as a parent is to have my kids in school year round.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Great article Mr. Jensen. Obviously, the legislators well intentioned effort to decrease the cost and increase the utilization of valuable infrastructure (schools) by teaching students throughout the year instead of for only nine months has not implemented in such a way as to improve education or reduce costs. It appears to be a problem with the way education has implemented the idea as oppose to the basic concept.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    To build on Steve's point, the Union didn't push it but did play off of it. They immediately noted that teachers should get a pay raise because they had less time to themselves. They work 9 months of the year and it was now getting close to 10 months.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    When year-round schools were instituted in Wasatch front school districts, they were not implemented to improve educational outcomes. They were just a strategy to stuff more students into the existing overcrowded schools. By having some of the students off at any given time, the overcrowding would be alleviated somewhat. Any projected educational benefit was simply an attempt to put a best foot forward with parents. The impetus for year round school came from legislators, not from the educational system.

  • T. Party Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Innovation is praiseworthy, but it can be just as praiseworthy to recognize and admit that your brilliant idea doesn't actually work. Reversing a bad course is also a mark of intelligence.