Many hundreds of
school systems that have returned to the traditional calendar after being on a
Year-Round School calendar:
Los Angeles single-track schools (In
1993, 543 out of 544 schools returned to the Traditional school year calendar
after 5 years of Year-Round School)
Houston ISD, Texas (25 out of 29
schools returned to a Traditional calendar after four years on Year-Round
Mora, Minnesota (returned to a
Traditional calendar after 17 years on Year-Round School)
Jacksonville, Florida ( returned to a
Traditional calendar after 7 years of Year-Round School)
"It is assumed that the shorter
breaks help students retain information - therefore less time needs to be spent
on review. Actually, not only do teachers have to review at the beginning of
each school year, but they must also review each time students return from a
break because students forget what they learned before the break."
Kathryn L. Branch, teacher in
Times Union, December 1, 1997
"I have found it [year-round
schools] was a huge nightmare. It's not good for children. It's not good for
families. It's not good for the community."
Linda Dalton, Orange County parent and
committee member Orlando
Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 6/2/95
"It doesn't reduce class
size. Better test scores aren't guaranteed. It has disrupted family lives as
well as summer vacations. Communication between staff members is nearly
impossible because of conflicting schedules, and teacher burnout is on the
Palm Beach County parents, of the
Orange County YRS model
"It's not effective, and
it's more expensive to operate. It's been proven nationwide that it doesn't
improve test scores."
Dr. Alan Forshey, Newton-Conover Board
of Education The Charlotte
Observer, Charlotte, NC,
"I haven't seen evidence
that suggests this calendar itself has a significant effect on student
achievement, one way or the other."
Los Angeles Board of Education
President, Mark Slavkin Los
Angeles Times - Valley Edition,
Chatsworth, CA 1/16/96
"Year-round school has been
the most devastating issue to hit Cypress-Fairbanks. We have been at civil war.
There are too many breaks. Once the kids would get into a rhythm, then they'd
have to stop."
Charlotte Lampe, founder of a parent
group that forced the Cypress-Fairbanks district to retreat from its year-round
American-Statesman, Austin TX,
"Show us the data from
school systems that have superior education going on, superior academics with
high test scores and similar demographics. Having read through the research, I
haven't seem any evidence for our city. Turner's research show results from
California and Utah, places that are hardly synonymous with good
Ellen McHugh-Joyce, Parent
Tribune, Scottsdale, AZ,
information from systems that have abandoned or want to abandon Year-Round
After operating year-round for five
years, the school board put an end to year-round schools saying
"the expected benefits
never were realized." The
board reports "test scores
did not increase, it was tearing families apart, and we had teacher
Florida Times -
In Albuquerque: In the most recent
school board elections, angry voters rejected the year-round calendar by
replacing pro-year-round school board members with candidates who promised to
eliminate year-round schools.
The district reports no education
improvement or increased test scores. In fact, the decline in test scores in
one school led to the decision to return to the traditional calendar (after 14
years on the year-round education calendar).
Jefferson County School
School administrators in Davis, Utah,
regret switching four secondary schools to a year-round calendar,
saying, "they were sold a
bill of goods" they hate.
One school principal says,
"The disruption to the
families is just too great. We'd like to get back to the traditional schedule
as soon as possible."
Rim (Oregon) approved returning to a
traditional calendar. "Year
round schooling is more expensive than a traditional year and the dollars are
important at this time,"
says the school's superintendent.
"The school board
[of Marion County, Florida]
recently voted to switch back to traditional calendars. The three elementary
schools on year-round cost the county $750,000 more to operate and house
children than it would on a traditional calendar, it was reported."
Florida Times -
"In Orange County [Florida]
which has been a stronghold for the year-round education plan in Florida,
parents recently voted to switch back to a traditional calendar at Dr. Phillips
"In May 1993, after operating
year-round for five years, the Los Angeles School Board gave their single-track
year-round schools the option of returning to the traditional calendar. Of the
S44 schools eligible to vote, 543 abandoned the year-round calendar."
"... the Los Angeles Board of
Education adopted a traditional September-to-June school calendar Monday,
bowing to the wishes of thousands of parents and school staff members who voted
last month to scrap the controversial year-round schedule at more than 540
campuses and centers."
Henry Chu, staff
writerLos Angeles Times
"'I've have to say that the
biggest failure in my term on the board is this failure of the calendar,'
(school board president) said
Monday. 'This really totally backfired. ..'"
MarianiLos Angeles Daily
concerned with other aspects of Year-Round School
Attendance seems to drop:
"Forty-five percent (45%) of
the teachers report that student absenteeism has increased."
Concerning Year-Round Education: A
Final Report of an Evaluative
Survey, 1992 Cache County
School District, Utah
"Attendance at year-round
schools was found to be only slightly lower than that at nine-month schools
before adjustment was made for the effects of reduced summer enrollment.
However, adjustment for this phenomenon showed substantially reduced summer
attendance at year-round schools."
From dissertation submitted by Judith
Susan Costa University of Nevada. Study done on Clark County, Nevada schools
"We found no evidence that
year-round education improves student achievement."
In addition, a decline in
attendance occurred at the year-round schools.
Kathryn Weil, testing coordinator,
Albuquerque Public Schools 1992
Year-Round School study
Teacher continuing education,
"Sixty-five percent (65%) of
the teachers responded that opportunities for professional growth were worse
when the year round education program is compared to the nine-month
Cache County School District, Utah
During the 17 years Mora, Minnesota,
was on year-round education, no teacher completed work for an advanced degree.
The shorter breaks forced teachers to take night and weekend classes, making
time constraints too difficult.
James Engelmann, Superintendent Hunt
Independent School District Hunt, Texas
"I work during the summer to
make more money; it's the only way I can survive. It's not that I would mind
trying something new but I'd have a hard time making ends meet because you
can't get a second job for three weeks, go back to school and then expect to
get the second job again."
Teacher, West Bay Elementary School,
Panama City, Florida
"Sixty-six percent (66%) of the
parents report that the year-round education program has made planning for
family vacation more difficult."
(Note - this difficulty is in spite of the fact that the District has a
'ten-day' leave policy to assist with family vacation planning)
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