A lot of parents will be sitting by the phone Thursday. That's when the MNPS Board of Education plans to conduct a telephone poll to see which school calendar the public prefers: a balanced calendar beginning earlier in the summer months, to start in the 2012-13 school year, or the current calendar already in use. From the CP:
On Wednesday, a reminder call will be made to parents about the upcoming survey. On Thursday, Aug. 18, a call will be made to parents and employees asking for their input on the calendar. The balanced calendar would have school begin in late July (July 25 has been mentioned) or early August. Starting at this time would require $20 million in additional funds.
A balanced schedule would include longer fall and spring breaks with optional school programs so that students could receive enrichment activities, extra help in math and reading, and college prep during the breaks. It also would include an eight-week summer break. The balanced calendar has 180 school days for students.
The traditional school calendar that Metro schools currently use begins in mid-August, with a 10-week summer break, one-week fall and spring breaks, and 176 school days for students.
According to the article, here's the survey: "Please indicate your preference by choosing one of the following options: Press 1 if you support the balanced calendar. Press 2 if you support the current traditional calendar."
So which do you plan to press, and why?