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Give Ohio Schools Schedule Flexibility

February 27, 2013
By THE INTELLIGENCER , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Several common-sense changes in state rules that often hobble rather than help public schools are being proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Among the most obvious improvements being sought involves how long students are in class each year.

Like many states, Ohio's standard for schools to be in session is expressed in days. The state requires a 182-day schedule of classes each year.

Especially during periods of bad weather, it can be difficult for some schools to comply with the rule.

Kasich proposes abandoning the 182-day yardstick and replacing it with requirements of 920 hours of class a year for elementary schools and 1,050 for high schools.

That actually is a more realistic way of scheduling. It allows schools more flexibility to meet the state rule, and to schedule classes in educationally efficient blocks of time.

Incredibly enough, there has been some opposition to the plan. For example, the Ohio Education Association doesn't like it.

Again, however, the idea just makes sense. Legislators should approve it.

 
 

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