Some Educators Calling for Return to 180 School Days

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The president of the Georgia Association of Educators said it is time to return to at least 180 school days for all students, in all systems.

Calvine Rollins said that GAE is urging parents and those concerned about the future of public education in Georgia to lobby their lawmakers to make a change.

Of the 180 school systems in the state, Rollins said only 57 currently have calendars that include at least 180 instructional days for students in K-12.

Bibb County students attend school 176 days, according to the 2013-2014 calendar on the district's website. 

"We know the number of days of instruction directly correlates with student acheivment," Rollins said.

The head of the GAE contends that school boards and administrators are having to sacrifice learning time because of financial issues. 

Rollins told 13WMAZ, "What systems are having to do is cut the number of days to make ends meet."

Lawmakers in Atlanta have been forced to trim supplemental funding to local school systems due to less state revenue.

Some members of the General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal have pushed to restore some of that funding.

The governor recently helped push a return to full funding of 180 days for state kindergarten programs.  


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