Asheville takes another chance on year-round schools
(Asheville Citizen-Times) While most kids envision long summer swims and endless ice cream, the weeks of summer have evoked a different image for city school administrators for years. For every summer day that a student is spending outside the classroom, the gap between a student with a wealth of at-home learning opportunities and those without widens a little bit. To help eliminate the summer slide, many Western North Carolina schools have experimented with moving to a year-round calendar, essentially eliminating the long summer break. The move can carry a boost for test scores, but many schools shift back to a traditional schedule because of scheduling complications or tradition.
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