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Do Florida school children need more time on task?



President Obama thinks all U.S. students could benefit from a longer school year and a shorter summer off.

Gibbs High School in Pinellas County has already started down that track.

And newly elected Florida state Sen. David Simmons, a conservative Republican from central Florida, hopes to make the idea a reality for more Florida students. Simmons, who as a state representative complained that the state and its schools try to "shove 25 pounds of sugar into a 5-pound sack," told the Gradebook that he intends to pursue the idea when he gets back to Tallahassee after two years away.

"I am a fervent supporter of increasing the length of the school day for elementary and middle school children who are disadvantaged," he said. "Many studies affirm this is an excellent way of improving the education of children. ... I look very much forward to being able to do that and various other things for education."

How to do so in slow economic times remains an open question. But it's at least an interesting conversation starter, isn't it?

[Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:26pm]


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