There are some important concerns about
the work of the Year-Round School committee so far:
1. There is not enough time for citizen
input. The process is moving forward too quickly. Dr. Freeman and Dr. Martin
have said that the final Committee conclusions on Year-Round School and Dr.
Martin's recommendation will be given to the School Board in December,1998. A
public meeting is scheduled (no date given) for October 1998; however, there
will not be enough time (Oct - Nov) for parents to become informed, AND there
will not be enough time for the Committee to respond/investigate/consider
issues brought up by parents.
What's the big hurry?
Why wait over a year before getting the public involved and then rush to a
conclusion in less than 2 months. The Citizen Input stage of the Committee work
is way too late in the process - it should be at least 6 months in advance of
any stated decision date, if not 12 months. It's time to get our educated
citizenry involved, not ignored! Why, even the local PTA presidents have been
virtually unaware of the system's consideration of Year-Round School until
recently, and they haven't had time to hear from parents and respond.
2. The issue should be, why should a
Year-Round calendar be adopted by the Auburn City School System? Instead, we
are considering the implementation of an alternative calendar for the school
year that has had no proven significant educational advantage, and that has had
inconclusive and disruptive results in many other school systems around the
country. Citizens of the Auburn Community need to be seriously involved in any
decision for such a major change in the way our schools are run.
3. Currently only 3% of America's
schools are on some form of Year-Round School calendar and only 1.6% of these
use a single-track Year-Round system. The Year-Round School Committee has had
considerable input from school systems in this very small group. They have
heard nothing from Administrators/personnel/teachers/parents who live/work in
schools that have tried single-track Year-Round School, and then returned to a
Traditional 9-month calendar after a significant number of years experience.
Finding such speakers would not be hard, since many hundreds of schools
followed this path, returning to a Traditional 9-month calendar after
experiencing the difficulties inherent in Year-Round Education. Why is the
Auburn City School's Administration in such a rush to repeat the mistakes of
4. There is no conclusive evidence that
Year-Round School always improves learning. In fact, many research studies have
found that various forms of Year-Round Education result in no significant
improvement in student test scores.
5. At a time when Auburn University is
going to semesters, does it make sense for Auburn City Schools to go to
quarters? If the alternative school year calendars of other school systems are
any indication, most of the breaks in a Year-Round School calendar for Auburn
K-12 will not be compatible with the breaks in the University semester
calendar. A Year-Round School calendar will also not allow faculty to take
their family along on summer-long (2-3 month) sabbatical, research and study
All these concerns and many others need
to be addressed by the School System Administration, the Year-Round School
Committee and the citizens of Auburn before any decision concerning Year-Round
School is made.
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