Extended class time becomes time to cut for Georgia school district
McIntosh County (Ga.) school leaders had the best of intentions this year when they extended students' class days by 20 to 28 minutes. Their goal was to pump up instruction time and boost academic performance — just the way so many experts recommend.
Now, the Florida Times-Union reports, the extra daily minutes used during the first semester might come out of the second semester. The district faces a 3 percent budget cut, imposed by the state, and the early summer vacation is looking like one of the options to reduce spending.
The district also is looking into furlough days and possible layoffs, superintendent Al Hunter told the Times-Union.
Florida faces similar budget woes going into the next budget cycle, yet lawmakers are making noises about ambitious changes to our education policies. Any predictions about whether we end up like our northern neighbors, cutting more programs that are known to work?