Board Member Supports Year-Round School Schedule

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If one Dallas Independent School District (DISD) board member has his way students will move to a year-round school schedule.

The idea comes from new DISD board member Mike Morath.

According to Morath, research shows kids from wealthy and middle-class families generally continue their education during the summer months, with tutoring assistance, summer programs and educational trips.

But, Morath said, that isn’t the case for all Dallas children. “With poor kids unfortunately the opposite happens. Not only does their learning slow down, they actually regress. They sort of not just forget stuff what they’ve learned but they actually loose capability over the summer.”

Noting the educational impact on children from low-income families is significant because, “In Dallas 88-percent of our kids are on the free and reduced lunch program,” explained Morath. “Basically 88-percent of our kids are poor, so we have a very large problem with the summer learning loss.”

Morath is asking administrators to look at the benefits of possibly lengthening the school year because he says it will better prepare students to not only compete in a national economy but in a global one.

“Were still [offering] 40 days of less instruction per year for our students compared to the students in these Asian nations that are all growing so rapidly,” said Morath. “If we want to have kids prepared for the modern economy we can’t handicap them by providing them with the equivalent of 30-percent less instruction over 12 years.”

In 1991, there were 24 DISD campuses that held school year-round, but with more breaks. The optional year-round plan was suspended 10 years later.

If the school year were extended into July, the additional 20 days of school would cost some $80 million.

  • Julie

    Year round school is a concept I think the children of parents who have no structure for them during the day would be helpful.
    Year round school should be available for those in high school who want to
    escalate time spent in high school..A wail will be heard from the average student. Summer is part of the life process of growing up. Those are the facts as I understand them. How all this would work togehter is to be seen.

    • 2sister

      They tried that in the district where I live with one of the schools. It didn’t work, and was abandoned.

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  • dazzleme

    I don’t want to pay for this! Geez … Enough already. Free year-round babysitting at the expense of the taxpayers.

  • Jack II

    Here we go again, why is it that every 20 years or so…some yahoo thinks that “year round” school is the best thing since sliced bread. We try it, it fails, we go back to the old system. But Hey, I’m willing to try it again…so when will Mr. Morath be writing that 80 million dollar check???

  • Really?

    It is also 88 percent of these kids that rely on full time summer employment as a means to save and pay for college. Year round school is Not the fix-all for maintaining learning levels, especially at 80 million Per Year. This same $80MM amount could fund summer Junior College courses for 200,000 students annually.

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