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Some Forsee Major Shift In Traditional School Calendar

Last updated on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The head of the Indiana Association of Public Schools Superintendents foresees a major shift in the traditional school calendar.

Executive Director John Ellis says there are many benefits to eliminating a 2-to-3 month summer break in favor of a year-round approach.

He says shorter breaks lower learning gaps.

Ellis points to the traditional European approach where students take holiday periods that last about 4 weeks.

Businesses are willing to give parents more vacation time, so they can spend it with their kids. Some Indiana districts, including warren township schools, are following suit.

Ellis expects that number to keep growing.

He calls the traditional calendar outdated because it's based on the agriculture industry.

Some opponents question whether year-round school is more expensive for districts during a time when budget cuts have become the norm.

But Ellis doesn't see it that way.

He notes it costs money to run a school, even when kids are on break.

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