I did my presentation on Year round schooling. I am in favor of keeping the schools open year round.
Year round schooling has a huge advantage on students. It has a rise in state standards and it is easier for the students to retain information from year to year.
Year round schooling has major financial advantages. Schools can save on funding by closing their schools during periods where cost will be high, such as in the winter. Schools who can not afford to build additional school buildings can educate more students within their current facilities.
Schools are open to students right now on a ten month system. This was established when the United States was still an agricultural nation. When children were needed on the farms to help out their family. Obviously times have changed and children’s main goal is education now.
Schools will still be based on a 180 calendar. It will however be broken up differently. Instead of having three months off in the summer, the schools will have various breaks year round. The most popular example of this is the 45-15 plan. Which has students going for 45 days and then getting 15 days off. Other plans are 90-30 and…
The normal breaks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring break are still built into the Calendar.
The people that are in favor of this idea have very good reasons to be. Students tend to forget a lot of those long summer breaks having just short breaks really helps the students and teachers out. The schools will be used to its full advantage. Shorter breaks can provide time for students to receive enrichment education.
Those who are opposed to this idea to have some good points, such as teacher unions have concerns with year round schooling because sometimes teachers have second jobs during the summer to support their family. It is almost impossible for high schools students to get jobs.
The impact on our schools will be significant. The facility use, teacher contracts, curriculum and student progress are all major things that will be changing, in a good way!
Year round schooling can improve the condition of overly crowded schools. With on group of students always on vacation a school that was built for 750 students can serve as many as 1,000. This lets school districts with little or no money for building new schools handle a growing student population.
Teachers may say that this may be too exhausting for them. They get the same amount of days. Just set up a little differently.
The curriculum is set up as a semester or trimester basis. Curriculum would need to be revised to fit into the various year round school schedules. This can be easily changed by the amount of time a student spends in a specific class each day.
Year round schooling provides low income students the opportunity to take part in programming during the summer. Therefore closing the gap in learning.
All but four states have year round schooling. Here is a map showing all the states and how many of the schools go year round.
Most charted schools are year round schooling. With these increasing the number of year round schools are likely to increase. Lots of charter schools are for low income neighborhoods and year round schooling is the one tool that they have to equalize the learning gap from high income to low income.
Year round schooling is working out for many students, teachers and parents. The increased student outcomes and tester scores of those students participating in year round schooling really helps as well!
Schools out for Summer…No More. Baillie James
With the rise in state standards it has become more important for students to retain information from year to year. Research shows that year round schooling improves retention. Year round schooling also provides schools the opportunity to offer remedial sessions, therefore assisting students in maintaining appropriate grade levels. Educational Advantages
Most school systems initiate year round schooling as a cost cutting measure. Schools can save on funding by closing their schools during periods where cost will be high for energy. School systems who can not afford to build additional school buildings can educate more students within their current facilities. They can do this because while some students are on a break other students will be using the facilities. ( This scenario schools are open year round, students have various breaks.) Financial Advantages For Year Round Schooling.
Schools operate on a 10 month system. This was established when the United States was still an agricultural nation. Children were often needed to work in the fields during the summer. Even though few children work in agriculture the system set up over 200 years ago remains. Background of The Educational Schedule.
Schools will continue to have 180 day calendar. It will however be broken up differently. The most popular example of this is the 45-15 plan, which has students attending school for 45 days and then getting a three week break. Another example of a new calendar is the 90-30 plan. A New Way, Year Round Schooling
. The normal breaks (holiday and spring break) are still built into the calendar. What about Christmas?!
Students tend to forget a lot during summer break, and by having shorter vacations this may increase the retention rates. Educational facilities would be better used in a year round schedule. Short breaks can provide time for students to receive enrichment education. Students tend to get bored over such a long break during summer vacation and parents sometimes don’t know what to do with them! In Favor of…
Teacher Unions have concerns with year round schooling because this would mean teachers would be working year round with shorter breaks. Many teachers depend on a second summer job to support their families. It is almost impossible for high school students to have summer jobs. Unless an entire school system is on the same year round schedule, a single family could have children at different schools on different schedules. Opposed to…
The impact on our schools would be significant. Year round schools will change education as it has been know; 1. Facility Use 2. Teacher Contracts 3. Curriculum 4. Student Progress Changing What We Know
Currently school buildings are used nine to ten months out of the year, and are often over crowded. Year round school can improve this condition because with one group of students always on vacation, a school that was built for 750 students can serve as many as 1,000. This lets school districts with little or no money for building new schools handle a growing student population and save millions of dollars in construction costs. Furthermore, although the cost of operating a year-round program is more expensive, there is a reduction in per-pupil cost. Facility Use
Teacher unions, specifically and often object as a breach of their contract because it would be too exhausting for teachers. Teacher Contacts
Currently curriculum is set up as a semester or trimester basis. Curriculum would need to be revised to fit into the various year round school schedules. This can be easily accomplished by manipulating the amount of time a student spends in a specific class each day. Curriculum
As a result of year round schooling, students forget less over the shorter breaks, and teachers spend less time reviewing pre-vacation material. Another real benefit of year-round education is that schools can offer an extra session of remedial and enrichment classes to some of the students between sessions. Year round schooling closes the academic gap between high/middle income students and low income students. Student Progress
All but four states have year round schooling. Where are we now?
With the number of charter schools increasing the number of year round schools will increase, because many charter schools are year round schools. Lots of charter schools are for low income neighborhoods, and year round schooling is one tool that they have to equalize the learning gap from high income to low income. Moving Forward
The number of schools going to year round schooling schedules will continue to grow as long as funding is available for charter schools. What may drive year round schooling more then anything else is the increased student outcomes and test scores of those students participating in year round schooling. Conclusion
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