Schools (not) Out For Summer! (Redux)
In a previous post we had a discussion about Year Round Multi-Track (schooling). Unlike many others on here, this post was not partisan in its discussion. School schedules are not a partisan issue.
Last weekend Bill Fox (who has taxpayer and student interests at heart as is clear from his comments here) and Eric Hornberger (whom I assume also does) held a townhall at Seldens Landing Elementary School to discuss the idea of year round multi-track schooling and how it might resolve redistricting issues that affected Seldens. The explanations given were clear and intelligent. There were huge misconceptions about what it meant to students, parents, and the community that were cleared up. What was most interesting was at the end when Mr. Hornberger asked the assembled audience how many were in favor of such an arrangement and I would estimate more than 90% of hands went up. When asked how many were opposed, only a few were raised.
I personally am in favor of the concept now since our discussion on here earlier. The potential savings to Loundoun County over 5 – 10 years could easily exceed 100 million dollars. The potential impact to families with children in school is highly positive. The ability to take vacations at non-peak periods and get non-peak pricing is very attractive. The positive impact on the students is well understood as well. Not to mention that the only reason we have summer vacations is a holdover of agrarian needs pre-industrial revolution. The bottom line is I can see effectively no reason not to begin experimenting with this in Loudoun County. In areas where it has been done, people don’t want to go back. Communities adapt, money is saved, and children flourish.
Some more information on the concept can be found here.
Can anyone explain to me any good reason why Loudoun County should not begin exploring this path?