HITTING LEFT #21 with Pidgeon Pagonis

Friday, October 16, 2009

Obama wants longer school year

His lips say 'yes,' but...

Obama's version of school reform includes more time on task--longer school days & school year. But like most of his reforms, ie. "performance pay" for outstanding teachers, this one bumps into the realities of massive teacher layoffs, state budget shortfalls, and bankrupt local school districts.

From Edweek:
Hawaii educators are bracing for the instructional damage expected from the state’s budget-driven decision to effectively cut school days from the calendar over the next two years and put thousands of teachers on unpaid furlough for those days.

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