Mansfield ISD Considering Longer School Day

MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – Students and parents in Mansfield might not like the latest effect of school budget cuts.  The school district is proposing some students stay in class until almost 5:00 p.m.  It’s part of a move to try to cut an additional $13 millon from the district’s budget before next year.

Under the plan, high school, middle school and intermediate students would all move to eight-period days, away from the four-block scheduling they use right now.  It would mean an additional half-hour in school for all students, including at the elementary level.  High school students would have more than 10 per cent more time in the classroom for the year.

“I don’t think anybody’s thinking about the kids’ schedules, or even the family’s schedule,” said Paul Christensen.  He has three children, in all different levels of school.  They all are involved in extracurricular activities which could be affected by the new scheduling.  His daughter in middle school, who plays soccer, would not get out of class until 4:45 each afternoon.

Christensen said the homework load as it as has not been manageable.  “Very frequently she’ll just have two hour type homework assignments. I don’t know how they think it’s going to be balanced about everything else and have it be reasonable. It’s just not reasonable.”

In a posting on its website, Mansfield says the rescheduling would save the district $6 million per year. It would mean no programs would have to be cut.  No staff members or teachers would have to be laid off.

The district posted the proposed schedule Friday afternoon, before the week-long Thanksgiving break and did not return calls or emails for comment Monday.

In an explanation online though it said “Principals and teachers will work together to develop a homework, test and project schedule that is manageable for students, so they are not overwhelmed.”

Even though students will spend a half hour extra in school each day, they will spend less time in each individual class.  That’s what worries parents like Patsy Winston.  “In addition to not getting all the instruction, they’re not going to be able to get all their work done and so that’s going to come home with them.”

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  • Gumby Rules

    What a horrible idea. Why should the start of an evening soccer game be postponed by 30 minutes. School, study, education or soccer, seems to be a no-brainer decision to me.

    And people wonder why American children are falling behind other countries in education?

    Do people realize that in countries like China the school day begins at 7:00 and ends at 5:00. They get a total of three weeks away from school a year and attend school year-round. If they fail their national tests the kids enter the work force and not college. Only the top 30% or so get accepted to go to college, AND ONLY IF their parents can somehow afford to send them. The rest enter the work force for their minimum wage and life-time jobs.

    American kids can’t seem to get away from spring break, two weeks at Christmas, another week at Thanks giving, and two months summer vacation.

    It ISN’T the teachers that are the problem with American education.

    It IS the parents that think school is a state supported child care system and that they -the parents- are not to be held responsible for assuring their kid gets educated and learns their lessons.

    Good go Mansfield, hold to your schedule for the good of the kids.

    • Mansfield Parent

      Maybe you should move to China, where kids are taught a propaganda filled curriculum and are only allowed to participate in sports or extra-curriculars that they excel at. They are also told what career path they WILL follow, according to state mandated testing. They are not taught liberal arts, in any form, and are taught a very one sided curriculum in history and political science.

  • Katherine Kern

    I teach, and the amount of times students spend chattering with each other is amazing, students don’t seem to pay attention, and some purposefully do not even do the school work given. I am not allowed to give 0 on those assignments, the lowest grade I’m allowed to give is a 50. Giving less work is not the answer. Many parents don’t instill a sense of urgency or responsibility for the time used within the classroom. I rarely had homework because I made sure I finished my work in class so I could devote my time outside of class to extracurricular. When I was in High school we had 6 regular class periods and an OPTIONAL 7th period (which was a 0 period before regularly scheduled school. Times have really changed and attitudes have gotten worse from many students and parents alike. When education is not a priority for parents, it will unlikely be a priority for the children. When we don’t allow students to fail, we don’t allow them to learn. Many lessons learned are from failures, those are the ones that are greatly remembered. We are too afraid of failure, and many kids don’t try because of that, it’s easier to explain that they aren’t doing the work rather than they failed at it. Accountability lies with everyone, administration, teachers, students and parents. When one of those fails to accept accountability, the system does not work.

  • darrell

    School is where people go to learn an education. football, basketball, soccer, baseball etc do not prepare students to succeed in the real world.
    teaching children to pass a TEST does not teach them an education. kids these days are stupid. you go to school to learn an education and while there to develope social skills. kids think they go to school to have a social life and have to put up with getting an education to do so. who is to blame? government, society, educators and mostly parents. get rid of the phones, pda’s, i-pods etc at school. ban social media at school. get rid of sports programs that cost districts millions each year and seem to attract child molestors. get back to education, not this happy feel good ive got rights garbage we have allowed ourselves to slip into.

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